Frequently Asked Questions About Massage
Do you offer pregnancy massage?
Yes, but only after the 14th week of pregnancy to minimize the chance of a miscarriage, and preferably with permission from your healthcare provider.
Do you have to completely undress?
We prefer that you remove all clothing, this is to have better access to musculature, although if this is uncomfortable please feel free to keep on what ever gives you peace of mind. You will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times, with only the body part being worked on exposed. The purpose is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes we do, giving the gift of health, relaxation, and pain relief is one of the best things you can give to anyone. Gift Certificates are available from our receptionist during business hours, which are 9 am to 5 pm Monday though Friday.
How does massage relieve muscle pain?
Massage is a great way to relieve muscle pain and tension. Muscles are dependent upon oxygen. When you run so fast that you become out of breath there is no longer enough oxygen available for the muscle to burn. The body then begins to burn sugar anaerobically. Continue to exercise at a high level, and pyruvic acid accumulates in the muscle. This becomes a waste material called lactic acid. Lactic acid occurs when exercise becomes anaerobic, and pain and soreness result. This syndrome is not only the result of strenuous exercise, it also occurs under periods of stress and tension and due to poor posture. When the movement of muscles is restricted, lactic acid can build up, causing soreness. So even though you may not be running you might be shrugging your shoulders to your ears or "playing turtle" for a length of time wich cause your shoulder muscles to become anaerobic or oxygen exhausted and feel sore due to the lack of blood flow, like when people do computer work or driving on a busy highway.
There is not yet enough definitive research to prove that the application of massage alone removes lactic acid. We do know however, that massage is an excellent tool for relieving sore muscles that have lactic acid build up.
Massage activates the large touch and sensation nerve fibers, which can override pain impulses sent out by smaller pain fibers. So, while massage may not get rid of the cause (lactic acid), it does alleviate the pain. In addition, massage can stimulate circulation to help remove lactic acid. As the soreness eases, muscles move more freely. This added mobility helps the body heal more rapidly.
Because massage helps remove lactic acid and metabolic wastes, it is extremely important to drink plenty of water, at least two quarts, in the 24 hour period following massage to flush these waste materials from the body. Otherwise, a toxic headache could result.
What are the benefits of massage?
In an age of technical and, at times impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, noninvasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. So what exactly are the benefits of receiving regular massage or bodywork treatments?
Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs including the skin.
Stimulates the lymph flow, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles.
Reduces spasms and cramping.
Increases joint flexibility.
Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
Releases endorphins --the body’s natural painkillers-- and is used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occured.
Improves range of motion and decreases the need for medication.
Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, and creates less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
Soothing relaxing massage is a proven way to relieve anxiety and stress.