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Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapy

Where will my massage therapy session take place?

It will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room with soft music to help you relax.

Do I have to fully undress?

Most massage therapy techniques are typically performed with the client unclothed; however, it is up to you what you want to remove and you should undress to your level of comfort. Even if you don’t feel comfortable getting undressed at all, there are techniques that can be performed fully clothed, including polarity, compression, trigger point, chair massage, just to name a few.

Will you be in the room when I disrobe? Will I be covered during the session?

We will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

We will discuss the desired goal of your session, which will determine what parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session includes your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).

What will the massage feel like?

We use a variety of techniques including Swedish massage, which start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax your muscles. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction and also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.

How long will the massage last?

Most full-body massage therapy sessions last for 50 minutes. A 30-minute appointment allows time for a partial massage session. Many people prefer a 50- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation.

What should I do during the massage?

Prior to the massage, please feel free to ask us questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. We 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, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session.

How will I feel after the massage?

You may feel a variety of things – very relaxed, fewer aches and pains, and increased energy and awareness, just to name a few which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

Are there any medical conditions that wouldn’t benefit from massage therapy?

Yes and that’s why we ask general health questions before we begin your session. It is important that you inform us of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are currently under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you get a recommendation for massage prior to any session.

Does my health insurance cover massage therapy?

Some health insurance plans do cover massage therapy (but unfortunately not many) and we recommend that you verify your benefits with your insurance company by asking if they cover massage therapy performed by a licensed massage therapist. Additionally, massage therapy may be a part of your healing strategy for worker’s compensation, motor vehicle, or personal injury insurance claims.

How often should I get a massage?

We see the best results in those individuals who make massage therapy a part of their routine healthcare. Depending on your personal situation, we may offer a recommendation as to when you should return, especially if you are trying to rehabilitate an injury or are utilizing massage for stress reduction, which could be as soon as one week. Most people (including all the staff of Back On Track Wellness) incorporate at least one massage per month into their schedule. Even just one 30-minute massage per month will help to reduce stress and tension – and is budget-friendly at only $30!

What is your cancellation policy?

Since we reserve your appointment time just for you, we require a 24-hour notice for all cancelled appointments. For those who give less than a 24-hour notice or no-shows, you will be responsible for the full cost of the appointment.

Ready to make an appointment for massage? Call (207) 899-0806 to get started.

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