Massage Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ’s About Massage:
Will my insurance cover massage?
The services of a bodywork professional may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor. Please note that if your insurance does not cover it, discounted cash prices are available should you choose to supplement your chiropractic care with massage.
Should massage hurt?
No, your massage should not be painful. It is a therapeutic massage and some of the work may be an uncomfortable “hurts so good”, but it should not go into the range of being painful. Your massage therapist is there to help you, communicate to them if you are feeling pain during your session.
What should I wear during my session?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session, covered by both sheet and blanket. Only the area being worked on will be undraped ensuring your modesty no matter what level you choose to undress too.
Will the massage therapist be in the room while I disrobe?
No, they will take you in the room to do a private intake to access where you need the work focused on but will leave before you disrobe. The therapist will knock on the door to ensure that you securely between the sheets before reentering the room.
What body parts will be massaged?
You and your therapist will discuss this before your session. A typical full body massage consists of work done in the following areas: scalp, neck, back, arms, hands, legs, and feet. If you do not wish to have some of these areas worked, please discuss that with your practitioner before your session. If you have chosen a shorter time frame for your session only one or two areas will be chosen for more focused work. Again, we want you to be as comfortable as possible, so please communicate your goals for the session with your practitioner.
How long will the session last?
That depends on what session you signed up for. Most full-body massages are 60 minutes long, with 30 and 45-minute sessions available for focus work on 1 to 2 areas (most common being back and neck). With that being said, if you have a lot going on a 60-minute session may be necessary to thoroughly work on the areas you are having trouble with. If you have questions as to which session you should sign up for, please contact our office and we will discuss your needs and recommend a session time.
What should I do during my session?
During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner 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. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask your therapist.
How will I feel after my session?
It varies person to person, but generally, people feel looser and more relaxed. You may experience some soreness akin to that after a good workout. The soreness usually lasts less than 48 hours.