Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions or need clarification, please don't hesitate to reach out.
At MT Leaning Tree Massage, satisfaction is guaranteed; communicating your needs will help us reach this standard.
If you want anything changed, pressure, areas worked, position, music, or if you are too hot or too cold, need a tissue...let your therapist know!
You will not hurt the therapist’s feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. Your therapist wants this to be the best experience possible!
Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time, but this time you want only your back/neck/shoulders worked, it’s perfectly fine to clarify this.
You will enjoy your session so much more if you speak up!
Your massage therapist may require you to have an initial phone call to set up your session and go over policies and procedures with you as well as inform you of arrival time, paperwork you may need to fill out, and get a credit card to put on file to reserve your appointment. Upon arrival, your therapist will begin the session by asking you general questions to establish your goals for the session; including the areas, you would like worked on if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and test for evaluation and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
It is important to list ALL health concerns, current and previous surgeries or falls, and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware, as they may need to use a different oil or lotion during the session.
You should undress to the level you are comfortable with; this is different for each individual and session treatment. For some, it may mean undressing completely and for others it means leaving some undergarments on. If you will be more comfortable during the session leaving all your clothes on, that’s fine; the therapist will work around any clothing you have left on as best as they can. Remember, your level of comfort is most important because if you are too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session. Your massage therapist should give you privacy to undress and get comfortable between the sheets/covers on the table. They should also knock, or ask, before entering to make sure you are ready.
If you prefer to stay fully clothed, then it is recommended to explore other types of bodywork that are performed clothed. At MT Leaning Tree Massage, Neural Reset Therapy (NRT) is a great option as it is performed fully clothed and lying face up for the majority of the treatments.
This is known as draping and typically depends on the therapist and in some cases, the law. The vast majority of therapists will insist on draping and at MT Leaning Tree Massage, draping is required. Once you are undressed to your comfort level and on the table under the drape (top sheet), the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.
Chest and genitals (women and men) will not be uncovered. In the event the therapist is going to do abdominal work, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the chest so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, they will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Getting a massage, even if it is infrequently, is better than no massage at all. The frequency of massage varies from person to person. If you are looking for occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.
The frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when they have a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues and goals.
The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women; this is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women.
It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. If you are looking for a deep massage, it is best to simply ask the therapist if they do this type of work. Of course, during the session, it is perfectly ok to give the therapist feedback if you would like a lighter/deeper pressure. It’s your session!
Massage DOES NOT have to hurt to be effective.
Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Don’t feel like you have to make conversation. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free, and enter a state of massage bliss. In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.
The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let them know immediately. Also, let them know if you get too warm, too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you-speak up! Not only is it OK, but it is also encouraged!
No. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)
While many therapists play slower, quieter, music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that the slower, less than 60 beats-per-minute, has a calming effect on the body; which can enhance your experience.
While this may be true, any music you like to listen to while you relax can be listened to during the session. If it relaxes you and you enjoy it at home, why wouldn’t it do the same during your treatment? Ask your therapist what music they have to offer or if it is ok to bring your own from home.
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness, and increased productivity which can last for days.
If you received therapeutic work or a deep tissue massage, you may be slightly sore and achy the next day, lasting up to 72 hours post massage-much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease the soreness.
After your session, you should increase your water intake. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body’s tissues hydrated and healthy.
In my opinion, there are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage or bodywork. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, contagious skin infections, or are under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.
There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt their techniques (ie. arthritis, osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. burns, cuts, bruises). With some conditions, it is a good idea to get approval from your physician before you receive a massage (ie. cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn’t mean you can’t get a massage, it is just always better to err on the side of caution. Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.
Being self-conscious shouldn’t keep you from seeking health care, whether it’s visiting your doctor or seeing a massage therapist. A professional massage therapist will be non-judgemental and focused on your muscles, aches, pains, and the goals you are seeking from the session.
Some common concerns clients have may include, but are not limited to: back acne, believing they are overweight, thinking they have ugly feet, being self-conscious about scars, and many more insecurities.
You can request that the massage therapist avoid certain areas. Or, you can look for a licensed massage therapist who uses a style of massage and bodywork that can be done through clothing; no massage oil or lotion is used, so you remain fully clothed during the session. If you don’t shave or didn’t have time to shave, don’t worry. Whether or not there is hair is no concern to your massage therapist.
Falling asleep during a massage is very common. Many people go into a massage stress and sleep-deprived and feel so relaxed that they fall asleep on the massage table. Your therapist won’t judge you if you fall asleep or snore during the massage.
If you wake up to find drool on your face or the massage table, don’t hesitate to ask for a tissue if you need one.