Do I have to take my clothes off?
For most types of massage therapy the answer is yes, you are asked to undressed to your comfort level. Some clients prefer to keep their underwear on, but it is not necessary. However, for issues like low back pain, it can be beneficial to remove them. Draping with a sheet will be used per Washington state law. Please discuss this with your therapist at the time of your appointment.
Reflexology and some other sessions are done with clothing on. Please wear something you can be comfortable in.
How often should I receive treatments?
That depends entirely on why you are seeking treatment and the methods that are being used. You can discuss your treatment plan with your individual practitioner.
For example, if you are seeking massage to address an injury or pain issue, it may be suggested to come as frequently as two times per week when you first begin in order to interrupt the pain cycle. Ultimately, how often you come is your decision but not coming frequently enough can impact your results.
How do I choose a therapist?
Choose a massage therapist with the same care as choosing a doctor. Make sure the therapist is qualifitied for the type of therapy you need. The therapist, office staff, waiting room and treatment room should make you feel comfortable.
Will massage hurt?
Some therapies, like deep tissue work, are designed to restructure tissue and muscle adhesions and can cause some discomfort. It is not uncommon to feel a dull ache during the massage and for 24 hours afterward, however if pain lasts longer or is severe tell your therapist!
What is Therapeutic Massage?
Massage therapy is defined by WA state as: a health care service involving the external manipulation or pressure of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. Massage therapy includes techniques such as tapping, compressions, friction, reflexology, Swedish gymnastics or movements, gliding, kneading, shaking, and fascial or connective tissue stretching, with or without the aids of superficial heat, cold, water, lubricants, or salts.