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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Swedish massage?  A soothing massage designed for relaxation, as well as for relief of specific areas of tension as requested by the client.  Lotion, creams, and/or oils may be used.  Pressure may be light, moderate or firm according to the client’s request.

What is deep tissue massage?  A highly therapeutic massage designed to release areas of pain, tension or holding in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue (fascia).  It is ideal for helping to heal injuries.  Many people think that a deep tissue massage is a relaxing massage that just uses deeper pressure, however, this is not the case.  If you are looking for a deep, relaxing massage, an extra-firm Swedish massage is ideal.

What is medical massage?  Outcome-based massage, usually prescribed by a medical practitioner for treatment of a specific condition.  Several sessions may be needed to see improvement, depending on the severity of the condition.

It is my first time getting a massage.  What can I expect?  I will meet with you a few minutes early so you can complete a short intake form.  I will leave the room and you will undress to your level of comfort (lower underwear may be kept on if you wish) and lie on the massage table under a sheet and blanket.  You will be properly draped during the entire session.  Only the area being massaged will be exposed.  A complete massage addressing all major muscle groups consists of the head, face, neck, shoulders, arms/hands, legs/feet, and the back.  I will spend extra time on specific areas if requested.  Your only job is to relax and ENJOY!

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?  Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. You may also feel some soreness (similar to post-exercise soreness) in areas of muscle tightness, and drinking plenty of water following your massage will help alleviate this discomfort.

How long of a session should I choose?  I offer 30, 60 or 90 minute sessions.  30 minutes is adequate for focus work in one or two areas.  60 minutes will address all major muscle groups with some focus work.  90 minutes will address all major muscle groups and allow adequate time for detailed focus work in several areas.  I will manage your time on the table to meet your needs, and spend extra time in certain areas, or skip areas if desired.

How often should I get massage?  I recommend monthly massage for everyone to help reduce tension and stress, as well as maintain a sense of overall well-being.  If you are experiencing any chronic pain issues, I recommend massage more often depending on the severity and duration of the pain.  It is generally not a good idea to have massage right after an injury, as the body needs some time to heal on its own before being manipulated.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?  Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

What forms of payment do you accept?  I accept cash and all major credit cards.  NJ sales tax applies.

Do you accept insurance?  Unfortunately, I do not accept insurance, as most policies do not cover massage therapy.  However, if you have a plan or HSA that covers massage, I will gladly provide a receipt for you to submit for reimbursement.