FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

People often have many questions about what are some of the benefits of different types of massage treatments and how it will help them. Each type of massage offers something unique to better your well-being. Here are some common questions to help you understand the benefits.

  • Style of Massage?
  • What to Wear? What to Bring?
  • Working with Tender Areas?
  • What to Expect After Your Session
  • What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?
  • What is Reiki?
  • What Swedish Massage?
  • What is Kinesio Taping?
Style of Massage?

First and foremost, decide your goal for this session and clearly convey that to your therapist. In general, there are two choices:

  • Relaxation Massage: This style of massage is geared toward relaxation and renewal. If you feel overworked and exhausted, this would be a great choice.
  • Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT): PNMT addresses specific muscular discomfort in a very targeted and goal oriented manner. If your main concern is a specific discomfort, PNMT is the right choice for you.
  • Craniosacral Therapy: A  form of bodywork or alternative therapy using gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient’s spine and pelvic bones.

In a Relaxation Massage session, your therapist can address any area of concern, while still leaving time to address the rest of the body. In PNMT, the whole session will focus on muscles that relate to the presenting problem.

While all of our therapists can do either approach, many of the staff have extensive training in PNMT. Be sure to state what you prefer; more general relaxation or targeted pain relief.

What to Wear? What to Bring?

Most importantly, we want you to be comfortable. For Integrative Massage, remove only as much clothing as you are comfortable. Our draping   techniques are quite functional, leaving only the body part we are treating exposed. If you are having a PNMT session, men will leave on shorts, women will have a pair of shorts and a sports bra. We also provide hospital gowns for women, which work well for either style.

Please also tell your therapist if the  temperature is comfortable. Your body temperature may drop by the end of the  session, necessitating an additional cover.

If you would like different music, or anything in the environment needs to change, please tell the therapist.

Working with Tender Areas?

For those of you who wish to have specific problem areas addressed, there are a lot of misconceptions about the appropriate amount of pressure for massage. There are two major ones:

  • More is better! Many people believe that once a tightened area is discovered, the strategy is to get in there and ‘get it’. Not only is this oversimplified and mechanistic, it is incorrect  physiologically. The fact is, overly aggressive therapy does not work and often causes unintended backlash or rebound pain.
  • The therapist must sense what I feel. Often clients assume that if a therapist is pressing what seems to be quite hard (the keyword is seems; eight times that pressure in the same muscle on the opposite side of the body  often barely registers as tender), they know the amount of discomfort being produced and are doing that intentionally. This is incorrect; we cannot know what your experience is unless you tell us. While the therapist may be aware that an area feels like a problem, they cannot know how it feels to you. You must give them constant feedback. This cannot be overstated.

For addressing specific areas of discomfort, our job is to discover and diffuse these restricted areas. What then is the proper amount of pressure? First, if we are on the correct area, you should have strong sense that this is an important area of restriction. If we feel something and you don’t, you are usually correct. Tell the therapist.

When you do sense that this area is compellingly tender, watch your reaction carefully. As long as you can dispassionately ‘witness’ the discomfort, the pressure is perfect. The moment you tighten or protect in any way, the capacity for real change ceases. At this point, many people say, “Go ahead, I can take it. Do what you need to do to get rid of that.” Unfortunately, this not only does not work, it can backfire. The physiology behind this is complex and fascinating; suffice it to say that you need to stay within a level of comfort to create real and lasting change.

What to Expect After Your Session

After any effective intervention, there is a certain rebalancing as your body adjusts. Just exactly how your body will respond is very individual. Here are some common responses:

  1. You may leave our office feeling physically energized and yet internally quiet. Be active; but be careful not to overdo!
  2. You may feel tired after your session. This is often most true if you have been over-stressed and overworked. If possible, rest and limit activity.
  3. Post-treatment soreness can happen if there has been a build-up of tension in the area worked. This soreness should only last for 24-36 hours and be tender to the touch, but not with movement. The best way to prevent post-treatment soreness is to be moderately active after a session, muscle contraction and stretching infuse the tissue with fluid exchange. Speaking of fluids, be sure to drink plenty of water after your session!
  4. You may experience a state of hyperawareness; both mentally and physically.  Paying close attention to internal stimuli results in a greater sensitivity to external stimuli as well.  Enjoy!
What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?

A gentle , noninvasive form of massage that focuses mainly on the head, spinal cord, and sacrum areas of the body. Proven to improve the function of your Nervous System, relieve pain and stress, and improve mobility.

Who Could Benefit from this Therapy ? Anyone who has…..

–  Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Autism
  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
  • Motor – Coordination Impairments
  • Infant and Childhood Disorders
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ
  • Scoliosis
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • And Many Other Conditions
What is Reiki?

A Japanese technique to reduce stress and improve relaxation as well as healing throughout the body. This type of therapy improves flow and balance of energy, increases white blood cell production, calms the mind, provides deep relaxation, boosts intuition and creativity, improves sleep, and balances emotions.

Who Could Benefit from this Therapy? Anyone who has……..

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Difficulty Coping
  • Insomnia
  • Fertility Concerns
  • Low Energy
What Swedish Massage?

One of the most well-known massages for relaxation. Benefits include pain management, increased blood flow, rehabilitation for muscle injuries, increased flexibility (helps prevent injuries), reduces stress, improve immune system function, increase circulation, and reduce inflammation.

Who Could Benefit from this Therapy? Anyone who has……

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Muscle Injury
  • Muscle Tension
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Pain (Mental/Physical)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tendinitis
  • Neck Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
What is Kinesio Taping?

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.

Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.


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