(frequently asked massage questions)
It's my very first massage, what should I expect?
Give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed. If you are rushing and arrive stressed, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.
At first you will be asked to fill our our health history questionnaire.
Knowing your history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.
The massage therapist will ask you questions to better design a session that meets your needs and goals within the time allotted. Let the therapist know what areas of your body you would like worked on, if there are any areas to avoid, and if you have any techniques that you would like to use or avoid. All information you give is confidential.
The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level.
When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet or other draping on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering.
Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?
No. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
While we usually chose slower, quieter, 'new age' type music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience.
However, while this may be true, any music you like to listen to while you relax can be listened to while you get a massage. If it relaxes you and you enjoy it at home, why wouldn't it do the same during your treatment? Just let your therapist know in advance and we will play your favourite songs for you.
Important: Always tell the therapist if you are cold, want to be covered, don't want an area of your body touched, don't like the music, or are experiencing discomfort with the technique or how it is being applied. Remember, you are in charge, and can ask for changes or stop the session at any time.
It usually depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. We are using organic coconut oil to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique, as well as adjust the pressure to your liking - we will customize each and every treatment to your body's specific needs.
How will the massage feel?
Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage such as our Aspen Experience, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
If you prefer to stay fully clothed, then we recommend you explore our Thai Yoga Stretching Massage which is performed with comfortable clothes on.
do I have to get completely undressed?
How often should I get a massage?
For those who use massage as preventative care or to manage daily stress, we recommend a massage twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief, or at least every 3-4 weeks.
Weekly sessions may be desirable if you are receiving massage for injury relief or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life.
Insider Tip: Our massage series allow you to get a massage on a regular basis while saving money - a wonderful investment in your health.
The short answer is no.
There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women, which is a myth. While some men do indeed give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not to work so deep. The same holds true for women.
It is a matter of style, good body mechanics, training, and therapist preference.
Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. All our massage therapists are trained experts in deep tissue massage, and if you're specifically looking for amazing sports therapeutic massage, you should check out Diana's amazing techniques.
If I want a really deep massage -
shouldn't I see a male therapist?
While massage is great way to promote relaxation, it is so much more. Massage helps manage pain, reduce stress, improve circulation, decrease muscle tension, ease breathing difficulties, lower blood pressure, reduce headaches, improve mobility, promote sleep, manage anxiety + depression and helps improve your overall wellness. If you want to learn more about the evidence behind massage and other wellness services we recommend this wonderful website.
Is massage just for relaxation?
Have more questions?
Call Llumier at 650.362.3882 or email us with all your questions!