Frequently Asked Questions About BR Massage Therapy
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel within less than 24 hours, I charge 50% of your treatment fee.
Within 12 hours 100% of your treatment fee will be charged.
What is massage therapy?
The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function to relieve pain and promote health.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy
Relieves Pain !
Balances the nervous system, relieves stress and aids relaxation
Decreases muscle tension and stiffness, daily activities will again be enjoyable.
Promotes faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion.
Enhances athletic performance
Speeds healing after surgery or injuries, reduces pain and swelling, reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
Promotes deeper and easier breathing: overall wellness and revitalization is enhanced when your body tissues receive adequate oxygen
Improves blood circulation and movement of lymph fluids, strengthens the immune system
Enhances the health and nourishment of the skin.
Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
Cultivates a relaxed state of mental alertness
Relieves mental stress, enhances your capacity for calm thinking and creativity
Encourages your awareness and appreciation of the mind-body connection
Improves your ability to monitor stress signals as they arise and respond appropriately
revitalize your busy mind
find solace in the hectic pace of our society
increase your overall sense of well-being
empower yourself by receiving education, resources and self-care tips from your massage therapist
How soon will I see results?
Tangible results are usually seen early in treatment.
Some people experience incredible pain relief and improved quality of life after only one treatment, however, it takes three or four treatments until clients report decreased physical pain and restriction, substantial reductions in stress symptoms and overall improved function.
Many factors are at play when determining how quickly you will see results - including the severity of your injury or condition, your overall health at the start of the treatment, and compliance with the self-care programs that are recommended to you.
How long is a massage therapy session?
A standard session is 50 minutes. However sessions of 2 or 3 hours can be provided when asked for.
Can I keep my clothes on during my treatment?
Depending on the primary techniques that I will select for you, you may or may not need to undress.
For techniques that require the application of oil or lotion, direct skin contact is ideal. You will be asked to undress to your comfort level. I will leave the room to give you privacy while you undress, get on the treatment table and covering yourself with a sheet and blanket. I will then knock before I re-enter the room. I undrape only the area that I will work on – your modesty will be maintained throughout the entire treatment.
It is also possible to do a full and thorough session with clothing on, as many of the techniques that I use do not necessarily require oil however I suggest to bring comfortable clothing and underwear if you wish to receive your treatment with clothes on.
What should I do during the massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable!
You will relax during most of your treatment on a massage table designed for stability and comfort. I will ensure that you are comfortable and warm throughout your treatment by having pillows, heat and a blanket available. Relaxing music is played to help you unwind and focus on the changes occurring in your body.
It is helpful to focus on your breathing – take nice deep breaths in and out during your session to help your mind and body relax and to oxygenate your body tissues.
If I need you to adjust your position, I will either move you (for instance, lift your arm) or will tell you what position I need you to move into (for instance, turning from lying on your tummy to your back). Let me know at any time if you need to change your position to make yourself more comfortable. For instance, massage therapy can easily be done when you are lying on your side, or semi-seated, if your pain prevents you from being on your stomach or back. Please verbalize to me what is most enjoyable for you!
Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s your time, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How will a massage therapy session feel?
Massage techniques on healthy tissue usually feel very good. The normal response is to slow down, breathe deeply and relax.
Working in an area of injury or chronic pain may at first cause some discomfort, which usually lessens in the first few minutes. I am trained in a multitude of techniques which will work to minimize discomfort and I will work carefully within the limits what feels right to you.
Always tell me if you feel any discomfort so that I can adjust the techniques that I am using.
The saying ‘no pain, no gain’ is not precisely true for body work!
I will ask you for feedback throughout your session to ensure that we are working in a zone of ‘therapeutic tenderness’. This sensation is described as ‘hurts so good’ – a level of tenderness that you can breathe through comfortably, and that dissipates rather quickly as we work, essentially easing the initial discomfort.
When people have been living in pain for any length of time, it can be difficult to differentiate these sensations, so I encourage you to listen closely to your body and I will meet you where you are in the process. The most effective and deepest massage works with the body’s natural responses, not against them.
What can I expect afterwards?
Bodywork can be profoundly relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems. Give yourself a moment to re-orient before slowly getting up from the massage table.
After a session, most people feel very relaxed. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over months of tension or repetitive activity.
After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for several days. Since toxins are released from your tissue during a massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water after your massage.
Following a massage, it is possible to have some soreness for 24-48 hours, similar to the sensation experienced after a good workout. This is a normal response within the body when circulation and resulting detoxification is increased.
You will likely feel subtle shifts occurring over the following days as well. Some examples are:
pain relief – less intensity and frequency of the pain in various areas of your body
easier mobility when walking and moving
deeper sleeping patterns
reduction of constipation
decrease of stress, irritability and anxiety
increase of energy
As with exercise, the benefits of massage increase with regular treatments. As your body-mind awareness is enhanced, you may find that you experience deeper relaxation and great gains in overall wellness with each massage therapy session.