If everyone had a massage each day,
 the world would be a happier place.



Q.What can I expect during a massage session?
   A. For your first visit, there will be a short form to fill out. This provides basic information and lets the therapist know if there are any conditions that could interfere with the session. After verbal consultation, she will then step out of the room while you get comfortable on the treatment table. We use only all natural plant based oils and creams-no chemical or petroleum based products! During session, please communicate with your therapist so that pressure, tempo and preferences provide you with the best therapy for you. Only the areas being worked will be uncovered and at no time are any private areas exposed or touched. Part way through the massage you may be asked to roll over in order to address both sides of the body. We provide soothing music, but if you have your own personal mix you are welcome to bring it. Once the session is completed, the therapist will leave the room so that you may get dressed. 

Q. Do I have to remove my clothing during a massage?
    A. No. Although the typical massage session is performed while unclothed and covered with a sheet and/or blanket, it is not required. It is important that you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible. If you prefer or need to leave any or all clothing on during our session I will adapt to your specific needs.
Q. Can someone under age 18 receive a treatment?
 Yes. We provide sessions to many children and minors. We require the parental consent form to be completed and signed by a parent or guardian prior to the first visit. This can be found on our forms page.

Q. How can massage help  with relief from stress, anxiety or depression?
     A.  Massage causes the body to release dopamine and serotonin, mood and health enhancing chemicals.  At the same time, massage can reduce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. It can also lower heart rate, blood pressure and release unconscious holding in the muscles and soft tissues.
Q. Can massage help with my headaches?
    A.  In regards to headaches from tension and stress-yes. They are caused by muscle tension along the neck, shoulders, and back. This tightening can pull on the muscle fibers and connective tissues.  T
he fascial patterns for the shoulder and neck muscles go up the back of the head and wrap around to the front of the forehead. Referral pain can be felt along this line as well as behind the eyes, in the cheeks, along the jaw and even into the ear. Massage can relax the muscles and fascia, releasing the tensions causing the pain.
Q. How can massage help my Fibromyalgia?
 Massage can increase blood circulation, flexibility of the tissues and range of motion while at the same time decreasing stress and anxiety levels (systemic relaxation response of parasympathetic nervous system), swelling, inflammation and overall pain levels. According to the Journal of Clinical Rhuematology 8, 72-76, Fibromyalgia pain and substance P decrease and sleep improves after massage therapy.
Q. Can massage relieve sciatic pain?
There can be many reasons for sciatic pain - irritation in the 5 nerve points leading to the sciatic nerve, irritation or compression on the sciatic nerve itself or because of some tightening in the vicinity of the Piriformis muscle. It should be noted however, that if your pain only reaches partway down the leg and not all the way to the foot, it could merely be myofascial referral pain from the sacro-iliac joints or pelvic area. Irrelevant of the cause, it has been found that massage therapy can provide relief. Massage therapy helps in relaxing muscles and surrounding  tissues resulting in less pressure or impingement on that nerve.
Q. Can massage provide relief from neck, shoulder, back or hip pain? 
    A.  Chronic pain is one of the most frequent complaints brought to physicians in North America. Because it is felt and not seen, the diagnosis can be difficult and frustrating. The American Massage Therapy Association noted that 47% of the people polled in a consumer survey used massage therapy to relieve and  manage their pain, and 91% said massage was effective in reducing that pain. Massage relieves soft tissue tensions, holding patterns, and can break up adhesions that can act like Velcro within the body, restricting movement. Massage promotes the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, and it helps with circulation so the body can deliver healing components to the cells and carry away metabolic waste. 
Q. I have TMJ, can massage help?
Q. Recent injuries or surgeries, how can massage help?
Q. How can bodywork help in sports and event training?
 I have been in a recent auto accident. Can you help relieve my pain?
    A. I currently accept Medical Payments for auto accidents. If you carry this           option on your auto insurance, it's purpose is for you to use that money any way you see fit to recover from your injuries. I do not advocate my services as a replacement to medical care, but massage therapy can be an extremely effective supplement to your recovery. If you are or will be under a physician's or chiropractic's care, advise them if you are choosing to use our services in addition to their's.  If you are litigating with an attorney, I may be able to provide treatments under certain circumstances. Feel free to visit the Insurance  page for more details.

Q. What if I have whiplash?
    A. It is important to use a therapist with experience and skill in dealing with cervical issues. There are many fragile structures as well as the carotid artery to contend with. Caution is required so that the resulting treatment is beneficial rather than exacerbating existing injuries.

 It is best to wait about 48-72 hours after an injury to begin any soft tissue work. This allows for the body's initial inflammatory response to calm down. In most cases, whiplash can benefit from early gentle mobilization including conservative massage techniques and other forms of soft tissue work.

Massage is useful for dealing with the muscular components of whiplash by using effleurage, myofascial approaches, or static compression techniques-(all within personal tolerance levels) It can reduce muscle tightness and helps to neutralize myofascial trigger points. Muscle-energy techniques and positional-release methods are often beneficial, especially in the early stages of the injury when pain may prevent deeper soft-tissue manipulation.
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