Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage or bodywork can help release chronic muscle tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical stress, promote faster healing of injured muscles, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure.
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage/bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, and quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lay on a table specially designed for your comfort.
Who will perform the massage/bodywork?
Your session will be conducted by a professional massage therapist who has received proper training, often in a variety of massage/bodywork techniques. In Minnesota, massage and bodywork professionals are locally regulated by the municipality they practice in.
How long will the session last?
An average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts about one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage, such as neck and shoulders or legs and feet. A one- or two-hour session provides optimal relaxation. Be sure to allow for relaxation time before and after your session.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage/bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed. However, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort.
Will the therapist be present when I undress?
The therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet. Blankets are provided for extra warmth.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times so that you remain warm and comfortable. Only the body surface being worked on will be exposed.
What part of my body will be massaged?
You and your therapist will discuss the desired outcome of your session. You will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your head, face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs and feet. Be assured: You will not be touched on or near your genitals or breasts.
Will oil be used?
An organic massage cream may be used to aid your therapist during the session and avoid excessive friction to your skin. The products your therapist may use will hydrate your skin and be readily absorbed.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Make yourself comfortable. Your therapist will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. The choice is yours. Note: Always feel free to ask your therapist questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular techniques you are receiving.
What will the massage/bodywork feel like?
It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad flowing strokes, which will help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscle tension. Please alert your therapist immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage/bodywork is most effective when your body is not resisting.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains caused by tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of calmness, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity. Some people may experience some muscular tenderness after a session, particularly if the muscles are not used to massage or if deeper tissue work is done.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are many types of massage and bodywork, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, etc. Ask your therapist about the methods he or she uses.
Is it okay to get a massage if I’m not feeling well?
If you have a fever, severe cold, the flu or anything else potentially contagious, you should not have a massage. If you are ill, please call as soon as possible to cancel your appointment. The receptionist will be happy to reschedule your appointment when you are well again.
What if I have to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
We certainly do understand that “life happens,” but we have committed this time slot to you, and when you cancel/reschedule on short notice, or just fail to show up, there is a time slot that cannot be used by anyone else. If you must make a change with less than 4 hours advance notice**, you may be charged 100% of the cost allocated for that time period. Please note we are not charging you for a service that has not been performed, but for the appointment slot that goes unfilled. If we are able to schedule someone else in that time slot, the fee will not be charged. If you are asked to provide a credit card to “guarantee” or “hold” the appointment, or if your credit card is on file, you will be charged for a missed appointment or short notice cancellation/rescheduling.
** policies may vary by store. Please check with your location for details.
Are there any medical conditions that make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Please tell your therapist about any health concerns you have or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, obtain a written recommendation for massage/bodywork prior to your session.