Here are a few of our most common questions and answers. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.
Q1: Can any age participate in Massage Therapy?
Absolutely! Massage Therapy is adaptable and effective for all ages and RMTs are trained to help everyone from infants to the elderly.
Q2: Do I undress?
Your comfort is important to relax and enjoy your massage. You are covered under a full sheet during the massage and only areas being treated are exposed. Many clients want to be comfortable on the table so they undress down to their underwear or nothing. If you prefer to wear work out clothing or remain fully clothed, you are welcome to do so. As a professional, I can still provide you with an effective treatment around or on top of clothing.
Q3: What if I do not like a technique or pressure during the massage?
We are here to provide you with the best possible treatment. It is your right as the client to inform your Registered Massage Therapist if a pressure or technique is not to your liking. If the RMT asks you questions about the treatment, be honest with your responses. You may even request that the session be terminated if you feel any sense of discomfort with the techniques or the therapist.
Q4: What if I am too hot or too cold?
Please let your Massage Therapist know right away and we can accommodate to suit your needs.
Q5: Will I feel sore after a Massage?
This often depends on the degree of pressure applied during the massage and the release of tension and subsequent release of lactic acid into the muscle. It is commonly called DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness). Getting a Massage is very similar to working out and your muscles may experience the same "ache." This is the muscle healing and shouldn't last longer than 48 hours.
Q6: What can I do to prevent this soreness?
Some things you can try to decrease the likelihood of experiencing this soreness is to:
- Drink plenty of water after a massage. Our bodies and especially our muscles consist of mainly water so it's important to re-hydrate after a massage.
- Take an Epsom Salts Bath or soak in The Ocean or a Hot Tub (20 minutes max)
- Stretch the area that is sore and hold it for 30 seconds each time. Stretches are effective at the point of tension, but if you feel pain, stop.
- Ice. In some cases, massage causes inflammation, which is actually a natural response and necessary for the muscle to heal properly. Ice the area that is feeling sore for 10 minutes than take a 20 minute break before re-applying for another 10 minutes. Continue this sequence as often as you can 24 hours after the massage. Make sure there is a barrier between your skin and the ice. A bag of frozen corn or peas works very well :) Sometimes the effects of cold are more instant for some than for others. This is OK and remember CBAN: Cold. Burning. Achy. Numb. If your skin gets to the numb stage, it's time to remove the ice, even if it has been less than 10 minutes.
Q7: Can I expect the same treatment every visit?
No. As your body adjusts to Massage Therapy, the Massage Therapist will be able to access different depths of muscle and the treatment can be altered any way you choose. You may also change your mind about which areas are treated each visit. If you love the treatments up to date, you may request the same treatment too.
Q8: Will Massage Therapy conflict with any other professional care I am receiving?
It is important that the Massage Therapist knows any care you are currently undergoing whether it be a Chiropractor or other. This will help the Massage Therapist compliment the existing therapy and you will benefit from increased health and wellness by engaging in both. Massage Therapy can always be adapted so that there is no risk involved in combining therapies.
Q9: When should I not get a massage?
There are few conditions that prevent a person from receiving a massage. As trained RMTs we can adapt all treatments to work around any changes to your health whether they are temporary or permanent. However, there are exceptions and it is important you postpone your massage if you experience the following:
- Fever. This is an absolute contraindication to massage. Massage will increase your body temperature and move circulation. Your body needs to rest to fight the fever and it cannot handle the changes that will happen during a massage, no matter how subtle.
- Diabetes. Only if you have not taken your insulin or are hypo-glycemic.
- Cold/ Flu. You put the health of the Massage Therapist at risk if you come for a massage when you are ill. Your body also needs rest and although a massage sounds wonderful, it will not help you feel better. In some cases, it will only bring out the worst of the cold and flu because we are dealing with the lymphatic and circulatory system. Please note: It is going to come out anyway, but the massage will speed up the process. After you start to feel better, we can alleviate congestion and boost immunity with lymphatic massage.
Q10: Can I choose the music I listen to?
Absolutely! If you have a favourite type of music that relaxes you, bring it along for your appointment (no explicit lyrics please). If you do not like the music the Massage Therapist is playing, just ask for what you do like.
Q11: Is it OK if I don't talk during my massage?
This is your time. If you would like to zone out and not say a word during the treatment, this is not an insult to the Massage Therapist. If you would like to have a conversation with the Massage Therapist, he/she will take your lead.
Q12: What if I fall asleep?
Consider it a compliment to the Massage Therapist. If you take this time to catch up on your sleep, we are flattered that you trust us enough to totally relax and drift off.
Q13: (For Females) What if I am menstruating?
Some women may feel shy about visiting a professional massage therapist during that time of the month. But as a professional, I am experienced in dealing with a variety of issues. While massage can increase menstrual flow because of improved blood circulation, it can also have a positive effect on other aspects of menstruation. "It can reduce back pain and cramps," Kathleen Clayton of the American Massage Therapy Association told WebMD, "and diminish the feeling of bloating." You can leave underwear on, wear shorts or yoga pants. The massage can be adapted to work effectively over clothing. We can also modify the session to incorporate more stretching, or address the symptoms related to your menstrual cycle. So, what's the best time to schedule a massage? Anytime that suits your schedule!
Q14: Do I Tip my massage therapist?
Registered Massage Therapists are qualified as health care practitioners and tips are never expected in the medical field. Tips are always appreciated, but never expected. The rate of a massage with an RMT is typically hire to reflect his/her qualifications and therefore tipping would not be necessary to compensate.
Q15: What if I work late?
On Mondays and Thursdays there are appointments available until 8pm!
Q16: Are you open on the weekend?
Yes, Saturdays 10:30am - 5:30pm. Saturdays are very popular for massage appointments, so if you know you need a Saturday I suggest you book your appointment in advance! 339-1000 or book online
Q17: What if I want to have a quiet atmosphere during my massage?
Because of the location I share with a chiropractor, sometimes it can be noisy, but not unpleasant. If you prefer to enjoy a quieter atmosphere, the chiropractor does not work on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I would suggest you book your appointment on these days to maximize some quiet time. *Occasionally the chiropractor will see emergency patients on Wednesdays or Saturdays.
Q18: I don't have any time!
When it comes to massage therapy, you don't always need to schedule a full hour massage to get the effect you need. A massage in as little as 15 minutes can be very effective if we are working on a specific area. Yes, you can just ask for a 15 minute appointment :)
Q19: It's too expensive to receive a massage!
Massage therapy is actually priced competitively for the value you receive. I provide a 60 minute massage, whereas many of the therapists on the island only provide a 50 minute massage. The massage is specific to your needs on the day of your appointment. Whether it is a full-body relaxation massage to beat stress, or you need specific work on an injury or area of tension, I am not the cookie cutter massage you will receive at the spa.
Q20: I don't need a massage.
Trust me, you do.
Q21: It's still too expensive
I also have gift certificates, so you can ask for a massage for your next birthday, Christmas, or special occasion. Or, love negotiating? Make me an offer!
Q22: Because you work with a chiropractor, will I need to see her as well?
Absolutely not. You have a right to choose the health care professional and modalities that you feel are right for you. There are so many great practitioners on the island to choose from that if massage therapy is not the right fit for you, or you would like to add an additional therapy to your wellness regime.