Massage FAQ

Answers to your questions!

Should I Tip My Massage Therapist?

Tips are not required, and should never be solicited your therapist. Although not mandatory, a 20 percent tip is standard if you were pleased with the service. If you were given a gift certificate or purchased a deal through a discount site, a tip based on the original price is customary. We understand that not everyone can afford to give a tip for every massage medically required - don't pressure yourself!

Should I Feel Soreness or Pain During a Massage?

It's a myth that any form of massage therapy (even deep tissue massage) must be painful to be effective. Pain during a massage isn't a sure sign that the massage is helping. In fact, pain can cause muscles to seize up, making it harder for the massage therapist to ease tense areas. Certain techniques, like trigger point therapy, usually cause soreness. Correcting a soft tissue problem (such as adhesions, tight attachments, and trigger points) can also cause some discomfort. However, if you don't have a soft tissue condition, a massage shouldn't cause soreness or pain. Open communication with your massage therapist is key to a massage that meets your needs. If you have an injury or chronically tight or painful areas, be sure that your therapist is aware of it before the start of the session. If the pressure is too intense, tell your massage therapist immediately so he or she can ease up. We don't want to hurt you!

How Much Clothing Should I Remove for a Massage?

We only ask that you to undress to your level of comfort. Many people prefer to keep their underwear on during a massage, while others prefer to be nude. It's up to you. Women usually remove their bras to allow the massage therapist to work on the back and shoulder area without getting massage oil or lotion on the bra. If your problem area is your low back, hips, buttocks, or groin, tight-fitting or large underwear can sometimes get in the way of massage work. You can ask your massage therapist before getting changed. The massage therapist will leave the room so that you can remove your clothing and lie on the massage table (usually face down) under the top sheet. The therapist will clearly knock and confirm it is OK for them to enter before opening the door again. How much clothing you remove also depends on the type of massage you're getting. If you prefer keeping your clothes on, opt for massage styles like shiatsu or Thai massage, which are usually done fully clothed.

What If I Feel Self-Conscious About My Body?

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-judgmental and focused on providing excellent care. Common concerns clients have are:

Having back acne

Believing they are overweight

Thinking they have ugly feet

Being self-conscious about scars

Feeling self-conscious about unshaven legs

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 that can be done through clothing. No massage oil or lotion is used, so you remain fully clothed during the treatment.

Should I Make Conversation During a Massage?

Although some people prefer to talk throughout the massage, don't feel like you have to make conversation with the massage therapist. After all, you're receiving a treatment! Many people close their eyes and try to relax. Your massage therapist should take the cue from you, although some talking is usually necessary. Deep tissue massage and sports massage are just some of the types of massage that require more feedback. The massage therapist often works on deeper layers of muscle and will want to ensure that the pressure is comfortable. Be sure to speak up during a massage if you:

Feel too hot or cold

Are in pain

Have any questions about the massage

Forgot to mention a health issue during the consultation


What If I Fall Asleep and Snore or Drool?

Falling asleep during a massage is very common. Many people go into their massage feeling stressed and sleep-deprived and become so relaxed that they fall asleep on the massage table. Your therapist won't judge you if you snore during the massage. When you wake up, you may notice a little drool on your face or on the massage table. It's common and has to do with your positioning on the massage table. You don't have to do anything about it, but you should feel free to ask for a tissue.

What If I Have to Go to the Bathroom During a Massage?

Going to the bathroom before the massage begins is ideal, but if you need to go during the massage, be sure to let the massage therapist know. Holding it for the duration of the massage isn't comfortable or conducive to relaxing. We offer robes and slippers for you to walk out to the restroom. 

What If I Get an Erection During a Massage?

It's normal for men to sometimes get an erection during therapeutic massage. Gentle touch anywhere on the body can activate the body's parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in an erection - there's no need to be embarrassed! Provided that no lewd remarks are made toward them, a professional massage therapist will understand that and simply ignore it. 


What If I Am Ticklish?

Let your massage therapist know if you're ticklish before your massage begins. Usually, firm, slow pressure (and avoiding certain spots) can keep you from feeling ticklish during a massage.

What If I Need to Pass Gas?

From a massage therapist's perspective, it is far better to pass gas during the massage (often a sign that you're relaxed) than to clench your gluteal muscles during the massage to hold it in. Passing gas during a massage is normal and nothing to feel embarrassed about. If you're really uncomfortable doing it, you can always excuse yourself to go to the bathroom.


Clinical Massage, Manual, and Movement Therapies


This service incorporates multiple modalities, individually tailored to address musculoskeletal diagnoses as prescribed by a physician for relief relating to injuries sustained in an accident.

  • Service includes initial evaluation, ongoing assessments, documentation, insurance billing if pertinent, and communications with referring providers as needed.

  • May require a prescription.

  • Additional info may be required prior to initial appointment.

  • Length of sessions may vary. 

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