Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of your appointment to fill out intake paperwork. This will cover your general and medical information as well as what you’d like addressed during your session. This paperwork will help your therapist design a massage especially for you.
You will be taken to your treatment room for a short intake discussion with your therapist. The therapist will then step out of the room for you to get on the table. You will undress to your comfort level, the more you are comfortable taking off, the more detailed your massage can be. You will be covered at all times by the sheet. Make sure to get under the sheet and the blanket. In the first 5-10 minutes of your massage your therapist will check in with you on pressure. If at any time you would like your therapist to adjust pressure, positioning, heat on the table or anything else or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak up. Your therapist wants you to get an outstanding massage and will be happy to make adjustments to keep you comfortable, warm and content.
After the massage your therapist will discuss what they noticed during the session and what they recommend doing for follow-up treatment.
Massage has many benefits including relief from tension and stress, deduction in anxiety, improved sleep, pain relief and improved quality of life while living with a chronic illness or injury. Massage is a form of self-care that promotes respite, well-being and restoration throughout the entire body.
No. Clients are encouraged to undress to their level of comfort. It is generally easier to work on areas of the back, glutes, and hips without undergarments, however it is by no means necessary. Undergarments or not, only the area being massaged will be exposed at a time and the rest of your body will be covered with layers of blankets.
If the muscles are very tight, some discomfort is normal. However, there is a difference between good and bad pain on the massage table. If the pain causes you to hold your breath or stops you from being able to take a deep breath, this will automatically tense your muscles, which is exactly the opposite of what your therapist is trying to encourage your muscles to do. This is when you should ask your therapist to lighten up on the pressure, at least in that area. Massage is not necessarily a “no pain no gain” deal.
First off, massages are dehydrating. Kneading and working muscle gets fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system and lymph system, where the body works to get it out of the body. That’s one of the reasons many people have to use the restroom right after a massage. This is also one reason it is important to replenish that lost water.
Secondly, massage relaxes muscle tension, releasing the circulatory pathways and allowing nitrogenous metabolic waste to dump into the system. Drinking provides your kidneys with the water they need to effectively eliminate the newly liberated waste.
The average tip for a massage is 15-20% of the treatment price. Massage therapists do work in the service industry, so unless they are working for themselves (self-employed) they are only paid a percentage of the treatment price. If you feel that you have received a great massage, it is appropriate to tip. Tips are not expected but always extremely appreciated.
Every person is unique and therefore their needs vary. What is important to remember is that, just like eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep, receiving massage will be most beneficial to those who do it on a consistent basis. You will receive the most benefit if you receive massage weekly, by-weekly or monthly for maintenance, depending on what your needs are at that time. There will be times that it makes sense to come more often and times when your body can go for longer in-between sessions and still feel the benefit. Your therapists will help you figure out what’s right for you.
We recommend a minimum of at least once a month for regular maintenance and more frequently depending on your pain level and physical activity.
Bottom line, no has ever told me how much they love needles. Growing up I was also scared (okay, petrified!) of needles and hated getting any kind of shot or even to have my blood drawn (I still have to turn my head when having my blood drawn!). Good news … Acupuncture is NOTHING like any kind of shot or getting your blood drawn. An acupuncture needle is a fraction of the size of other needles because it’s solid, not hollow. Put together 2-3 strands of hair from your head and that’s about the thickness of an acupuncture needle. Because it’s so thin, most of my patients say they either don’t feel it at all or, if they do, it just a tiny “pinch” that lasts no more than a split second.
A lot of my patients start feeling better during the first treatment. I’ve had people come to me with a pain that is an “8” on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst pain) and walk out of the session with either no pain or pain that is significantly reduced.
The results are as unique as your health concerns. A more acute condition may only take 2-3 treatments to achieve lasting results while a more chronic condition may take several treatments. We won’t know how well your body responds and holds onto the treatments until you start.
Each time we meet, we’ll review how you’re feeling, how you felt after the last treatment and make adjustments to your treatment plan accordingly. Each person is unique and we’ll work together to develop a treatment plan that works best for you.
I believe in “less is more” approach. I use the fewest needles possible to achieve maximum results.
Yes! It is very safe. Acupuncture has minimal adverse side effects … the most common side effect my patients experience is feeling relaxed and less stressed!
The sensations felt during an Acupuncture session vary from person to person and from one acupuncture point to the next. Descriptions have included: a tingling feeling, a warm sensation, buzzy or a “pulling” sensation. More than anything patients say they feel relaxed and often fall asleep during their session!
No … Sometimes it’s that subtle shift of not feeling like yourself that is the first indication that an underlying imbalance exists. By addressing that imbalance and treating all of you (body, mind, spirit), you will start feeling like yourself again … maybe, even better!
A great question! “Dry-needling” (DN) is a term used for inserting a needle (typically an Acupuncture needle) into specific areas of the body, deep in muscle fibers known as Trigger Points or Motor Points. There are 2 goals: needle into an area to cause a release of tight / knotted muscle fibers, and needle in a manner that creates little micro traumas.
The theory is the micro traumas will trigger a healing response from the body to the area in distress. For example, hamstring pain with muscle tightness, DN would typically be deep in the affected hamstring area hoping to create a release of the tightness while triggering the body to heal the injured area. DN is a symptom based approach.
But what if the hamstring is tight and painful because of an issue with the pelvis, hips, low back or quadricep muscles? What if the hamstring is not the real issue but the result of another area of the body not functioning properly?
Acupuncture takes a more holistic approach using a proven system of treatment that dates back thousands of years. Our bodies are designed to protect us from foreign invaders and to heal us when sick or injured. As a licensed Acupuncturist, I am trained to determine why a certain area of the body is susceptible to injury and what’s preventing the natural healing process. Often, other areas of our body / systems are a contributing factor(s) to current pain / injury. If we only treat the area currently in distress i.e. the hamstring, chances are we would be missing a big piece of healing process. I often incorporate Trigger / Motor Points to support the treatment, when it makes sense, but treating the root cause of the injury / pain is a critical piece necessary to achieve lasting results!
You definitely do not have to wait until you’re in pain to get acupuncture. Acupuncture was originally designed and used as a preventive medicine. I use diagnostic information acquired through your pulses, condition of your tongue and information you provide during our sessions to detect and correct early signs of imbalance. Addressing and correcting these conditions early, often before you even know they exist, is what true preventative medicine is all about!