Q: What happens during a typical massage session?

A: Typically, you’ll begin the session by discussing your areas of discomfort or pain with the massage therapist. If it’s your first session, you’ll fill out a confidential intake form with health information that is important for the massage therapist to know. As always, each session will be tailored to your needs and goals for that particular day and may change from visit to visit.

When you and the therapist have agreed on a treatment plan for the session, she will leave the room so that you can disrobe to a level that is appropriate for the session. You will be covered by a sheet for the entire session, and only the body region being worked on will be exposed. I will always be considerate of your privacy and comfort. I am trained in a variety of massage techniques and will design your session according to the condition(s) being treated as well as your preferences.

Q: Are there some individuals who should not receive massage?

A: Massage is generally safe for the vast majority of people. This is not to say that all types of massage are safe for all people under all circumstances. Various physical conditions may make certain types of massage inappropriate. That is why massage sessions are always tailored individually to your condition. Lisa is well trained and will not apply massage techniques that are unsafe. Please discuss any underlying conditions with her before your session begins, and she will design a session using techniques that are appropriate for you.

Q: I am in training for an athletic event. How can massage therapy help me?

A: Sports massage can ease the pain and discomfort from the occasional overuse that goes along with event training. It can speed muscle recovery. It can restore mobility and facilitate efficient movement by releasing tight muscles that are inhibited.  Identify muscle imbalances—in other words, it can show you which muscles are in need of lengthening, or loosening, and which are in need of tightening, or strengthening.

Q: Will my deep-tissue massage be be painful?

A: The experience of massage is quite individual. Some people welcome, and even require, an intense massage experience. Others prefer a gentler approach. Most people find the experience of a deep-tissue massage pleasurable overall, even though some moments may be intense or even temporarily uncomfortable. When applied correctly, with open communication between the massage therapist and client, you are very likely to experience your massage as pleasurable and the relief from pain and discomfort it can bring a welcome experience and well worth it.

Q: How often should I get a massage?

A: That depends on your individual circumstances. If you are recovering from a recent injury, two to three a week is a typical schedule. If you are seeking to resolve a chronic condition, one to three times a week depending on the stage of recovery tapering off to once a week. For general wellness and maintenance, one to two times per month, or on an as-needed basis.

Q: What benefits can I expect from massage?

A: resolution of soft-tissue (muscle and tendon) issues, pain relief, relaxation, increased body awareness, increased range of motion,

Q: How should I prepare for a massage?

A: There are no special preparations you need to make, though there are some preparations that will make your session more effective, efficient, and comfortable. Avoid eating a large meal directly before your massage. Be well hydrated, visit the bathroom, wear comfortable clothing, for women, avoid shaving the legs right before a massage if you plan to have work on your legs. Finally, coming in with a basic level of body hygiene will help you relax.