1. Do I need to get completely nude for my massage?
It is very important that you are able to relax and that you're able to achieve the maximum benefit of your treatment. While fully disrobing is the preferable method, if you are uncomfortable with being completely nude, then the therapist will modify techniques as best they can to ensure you're are able to achieve the expected results of the service. You will be covered underneath a sheet the whole time and only the areas being worked on will be exposed.
2. Do I have to cover myself with the sheet on the table?
This practice is known as draping and the law prohibits you from being completely nude on the table. Once you have undressed to your level of comfort and are on the table under the drape, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. At no time will the genitals be exposed. If the massage is being performed on a woman or any customer identifying as such, a second drape will be used to cover the breasts when working on the front of the body.
3. What should I do during my session?
You should make yourself comfortable and do everything you can to get your body and mind into a state of relaxation. If your therapist needs you to adjust your position, they will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Do not hesitate to change your position at any time to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's really 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, and if at any time you feel uncomfortable, please immediately inform your massage therapist.
4. Will the massage hurt?
This depends on the type of massage therapy service requested. If receiving a Swedish massage this style is very light touch and more for relaxation than pain relief, while Deep Tissue and Therapeutic modalities can have a small level of discomfort. Understandably, Trigger Point massage, may cause some discomfort as well due to the increase of pressure used in this technique. If and while receiving either of those modalities should you experience something that doesn't feel like a tolerable level of pain, you should speak up immediately so the therapist can adjust his or her position and techniques accordingly.
5. How often should I get a massage?
This completely depends on the individual, and just how often you'd like to come in for a session. Most therapists would recommend a minimum of once a month, but you know your body and finances more than anyone, so really, it just depends on how you feel in between your sessions. Some people prefer weekly appointments and some even enjoy the luxury of a daily massage therapy treatment. Either way it's up to you. Understand however that the longer you go in between sessions, the more your muscles go back to the way they were prior to treatment. Infrequency of treatments will not promote as much benefit to getting your body performing at an optimal level, though something is always better than nothing.
6. Can I talk during my massage therapy or detox session?
It's really up to you if you enjoy having a conversation while getting a massage or if you prefer to just have it quiet, but either way is fine. It is a good idea to inform the therapist if they are talking too much and you would just prefer to relax, but if talking helps you to relax that is fine as well. In many instances, clients will feel comfortable talking at the beginning of the massage and then as it progresses, they tend to quiet down as they slip into a deeper state of relaxation. But remember you are in control of your session so never feel bad about speaking up about talking issues, pressure issues, or anything else you may have the need to bring attention to.
7. How should I feel after my massage therapy treatment?
This depends again on the style of massage that you received. It is not uncommon to feel sore for up to a few days following a deep tissue massage, but it should never be painful. Everyone typically feels extremely relaxed and sometimes a little light headed after a massage. This is usually caused by the increase of blood flow to the brain; as massage therapy promotes healthier improved circulation.
8. How many sessions will I need to achieve my desired results?
This varies entirely on the individual. Some clients get better immediately and some it takes up to 5 sessions or more. This will depend on a number of things from how often you receive treatment, to what happens in between treatments. If you have chronic issues, it is typically recommended to get massage treatment at least every 2 weeks until you feel you have gained the level of results you are after and then once a month to maintain those results.
9. Can I drink alcohol before, during, or after my massage?
It is never okay to drink alcohol prior to receiving a massage, during a session, nor immediately after, as it can be dangerous to do so. When you drink prior to a massage, the alcohol that was absorbed by the body's fat cells can flood the body faster than the liver can process it. This can result in liver poisoning, and in some cases, death. During massage it is not a good idea because the body needs to be hydrated and alcohol dehydrates the body. This can cause both liver and kidney issues, and after a massage it is typically suggested to wait at least 8 hours before consuming alcohol.
10. What if I get an erection during my massage?
All professional massage therapists understand that sometimes erections happen. Therapeutic non-sexual touch can still stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which can result in partial, or full erection. This is normal and you should not feel embarrassed if it does happen. If you are concerned about it, perhaps consider wearing a tighter fitting underwear like briefs or boxer briefs to keep it more contained. Please note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual in any way, they may pause the session to request your intent, and may even choose to simply end the session if they feel it is necessary.
11. When should I avoid getting a massage therapy treatment?
You should avoid getting a massage if you are feeling sick, chilled and feverish or if you may have a cold; as massage can exacerbate these symptoms and spread certain illnesses to others. If you have a contagious skin condition, you should not get massage until it has cleared up. There are some conditions that your therapist may need to adapt their techniques to such as arthritis, osteoporosis, burns, rashes, injuries, and pregnancy. Some issues you may be experiencing will require doctor's clearance in order to receive treatment such as some types of cancer, post surgical procedures, and certain heart conditions.
12. Can I get a massage while I am pregnant?
Yes you can get massage while pregnant. Ideally it is best to wait until after the first trimester to look into massage during pregnancy, but there is no viable data to prove that massage has any adverse effect on pregnancy. Though most miscarriages typically occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, they happen whether massage was involved or not, so it is up to the client if she choose to get massage prior to her second trimester.
13. What does it mean to be a licensed massage therapist?
Most states regulate the massage therapy industry. Depending on the state, this could be in the form of a license, registration or certification. Cities, counties or other local governments also may regulate massage. Licensing is the strictest form of professional regulation, making it illegal for anyone to work as a massage therapist unless he or she has a license. All therapists at Back In Balance Massage & Bodyworks have gone through the extensive training and background checks necessary to legally practice massage therapy in the state of Nevada.
14. How can I verify that my massage therapist is properly licensed?
While all of the massage therapists at Back In Balance Massage & Bodyworks have been pre-screened and have had their documentation verified, we know that sometimes it helps our customers to be able to check on qualifications themselves. If you would like to ensure that your therapist is properly licensed in the state of Nevada, you can do so by visiting the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists or you can perform a direct license search HERE. Please note that you will need either the therapists's full name or license number to perform a search.
15. Should I tip my massage therapist?
Though tipping is not mandatory, understand that massage therapy it is a learned skill which takes many years to practice and perfect. Much like in the hair styling, cab driving, and food service industries, it is customary and highly encouraged that you tip your therapist, especially when receiving a discount on your massage therapy or detoxification services.
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