What to Expect
At the beginning of each session, you and your massage therapist will discuss your personal goals for the massage. This is a great time to describe areas that need special attention or any pain or discomfort that you are experiencing. Your massage therapist will use this information to decide what techniques to use during the session. You are welcome to ask questions at any time during the session, and communication is encouraged to help make your experience the best it can be.
If this is your first massage with us, please plan on an additional 20-30 minutes to go over your paperwork and health history with your therapist. It is important for us to have a good understanding of where you’ve been, where you’re at and where you want to go so that we can better help you reach your health and wellness goals.
Do I have to lie face down?
No, once you have reached the point in your pregnancy that you are no longer comfortable lying face down, you will receive your massage sidelying. Not only is this more comfortable for you but allows your therapist to get to your hips and low back in a way that is particularly suited for expectant mothers.
What should I wear?
It is important that you are comfortable during your massage. You will never be asked to undress more that you are comfortable with. As a general guideline we tell clients that they should undress completely from the waist up. If you feel comfortable having your glutes worked, you are welcome to undress completely. Should you leave your underwear on, your therapist will not work your glutes. Please know that only the part of the body being worked on will be exposed. You modesty is always respected.
How often should I schedule a session?
Frequency will depend on your specific needs. However, the maximum benefits of massage are cumulative. Like exercise, yoga, and chiropractic care, the more that you can make massage therapy a routine component of your lifestyle, the more benefit you will derive from it. Most people benefit from one massage per month, however some need more and some need less. Your body will let you know how often you need to receive massage. Your therapist can objectively help you to decide what your schedule needs to be.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
Your time with your therapist is important. Your massage therapist’s time is valuable. Please respect it as you would your own. In the event that you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment we ask that you kindly give 24 hours notice by calling 970-581-2298 or pay a cancellation fee. If you are a new client and either no show or late cancels your appointment, please know that you will have to pre-pay for your next appointment in full.
How will massage get rid of my pain?
Massage is more effective in treating soft tissue (i.e. muscle) pain than almost anything else out there. After checking with your doctor to make sure that the pain that you experience is not a symptom of a more serious health issue, it is time to call and set up your appointment.
Muscle pain is often a result of three things: overuse or repetitive use, injury or stress. Your therapist specializes in treating soft tissue dysfunction regardless of the cause. When you experience a muscle that is tight and sore and maybe even has a “knot” in it; that muscle is overloaded with metabolic waste and needs to return to a relaxed, functional state. Your therapist will apply a variety of modalities based on your injury and specific needs to increase circulation to the area and break up the adhesion, or knot, in the tissue. Increase circulation will help to bring fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to the area and move the metabolic waste out. This will relieve much of the pain in the area. Stretching the muscle and breaking up the adhesion, or knot, will help the muscle function better.
It is very common to experience relief for 24-48 hours after your first massage. Often client’s experience a return of pain, although frustrating, this is normal. Typically it will take 3-4 treatments to see a long lasting effect. It took you more than an hour to create this pain….it will take more than an hour to get you out of pain. The good news is that once the area of pain and dysfunction is released, when receiving regular massage, client’s very rarely experience reoccurrence of the original discomfort.