Therapeutic Massage FAQ
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What is therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic massage is a professional massage given by a trained massage therapist.
The intent is to deal with a specific health issue or to help you deal with stress. Many people use regularly scheduled massage to help them maintain a state of healthy well being.
Do I have to take all my clothes off?
No. You choose what makes you comfortable.
Many people do prefer to remove all their clothing, and some prefer to leave their underclothes on. Others do not want to undress at all.
If you do not want to undress, you can remove your shoes and socks and jewelry. You may want to wear comfortable clothing such as sweatpants and a tee shirt. You massage therapist knows how to work through your clothing.
If you do feel safe removing your clothing, your therapist will leave the room while you undress and get under the covers on the massage table. She will uncover only the part of your body she needs to work on. You need to tell her what you want. She can work through the sheets on some areas of your body. You just need to let her know.
After your massage, your therapist will step out so you can get dressed. She will wait for you outside the room.
I am still nervous about massage.
If you are nervous, then come and try a chair massage to see how you like it.
You will be fully clothed and it only takes about fifteen minutes. It’s a good way to get to know your massage therapist and to see if massage will help you.
What happens after the massage?
Your massage therapist will tell you what to expect.
It will depend on the type of massage you had and what problem you had treated. Generally you will feel relaxed, perhaps even tired. You should drink plenty of water afterward, and avoid heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol.
Can I get massage and acupuncture in the same day?
Many of our patients schedule acupuncture and massage right after each other. If you are here for a specific problem, your acupuncturist and massage therapist can coordinate their treatments. Some people enjoy a massage while they’re waiting for their friend or family member to get their acupuncture.
Does insurance pay for massage?
Sometimes insurance will reimburse you for massage, especially if you have a doctor’s prescription for it.
If your expense is out of pocket, you can usually use your Health Savings Account. We do not file claims fore massage, and payment is expected at time of service.
We do not accept credit or debit cards.
What if I want to tip my massage therapist?
While tipping isn’t required, it is much appreciated by your therapist.
If you do choose to leave a gratuity, you may either give it directly to the therapist or include it in your payment. If you include it in your payment, your massage therapist will always receive the entire gratuity.