Frequently Asked Questions
Massage therapy provides pain relief and stress reduction. Massage has beneficial physical, mental and emotional effects.
Physically, massage therapy can:
- Calm the nervous system
- Lower your blood pressure
- Greatly reduce pain
- Increase blood and lymph circulation
Mentally, massage therapy can:
- Induce mental relaxation
- Reduce mental stress
- Improve energy and alertness
- Promote better sleep
Emotionally, massage therapy can:
- Provide a feeling of well-being
- Reduce anxiety
- Enhance self-image
- Relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety
I will have you fill out a health history form and ask you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, and if there are any conditions that need to be addressed.
Depending on your level of comfort, you may or may not totally undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear your underwear. I will give you privacy to undress, and you will be professionally draped with a sheet and blanket at all times.
Make yourself comfortable. If I need to adjust your position, I will either move you or ask you to move to a more comfortable position. Otherwise, change your position any time to make yourself more comfortable. Most people close their eyes and relax completely during a session, while others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
The average full body massage treatment lasts one hour. A 30 minute appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer 45, 60, 75 or 90 minute sessions for optimal relaxation. It is also a good idea to allow relaxation time before and after the session.
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water before and after your massage.
For most people, cost is what dictates how often they are massaged. I have clients that come weekly, every other week, and once a month. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Bob Hope lived to be 100 because he received a massage every day . . .
Most health insurance will not cover massage therapy, but your PIP (Personal Injury Policy) on your car insurance will usually cover massage therapy if you are involved in a car accident and get a prescription from your doctor. I have the training and experience to bill insurance companies. Most car accidents result in soft tissue damage and muscle strain; therefore, medical massage therapy is covered in the state of Arizona.