"Is it possible to rate a massage above excellent? I feel better than I have felt in weeks; the pressure & flow were beyond great! Thank you!"
-Joyce A., Portland, OR

"Great technique and strong hands. The tension is finally gone. I'm already looking forward to my next massage." 
-Natalie H., Beaverton, OR

"Very comprehensive and well executed massage. Thanks for your attention to detail and the stretching exercises. Well done."

-Rob B., Hillsboro, OR

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COMMON QUESTIONS                                                         800.557.8128
1. What should I expect during my first massage therapy session?
2. Where will my massage session take place?
3. What do I wear during the massage?
4. What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
5. How will a massage feel?
6. How will I feel after my massage treatment?
7. When is a massage not a treatment I can receive?
8. What forms of payment do you accept?

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 What should I expect during my first massage therapy session?

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwords the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what 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 testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.

2.  Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in the location of your choosing for example, your home, office, hotel or back yard.  Soft music may be played to help you relax. If you would like to choose your own music and have that available you may do so, otherwise music will be provided if you would like to use it. You will lie on a massage table especially designed for your comfort.

3.  What do I wear during the massage?

Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses and the location of the body receiving treatment, you may or may not need to disrobe. For a full body massages, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear or whatever is most comfortable for you. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to disrobe, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on at the time.

4.  What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he 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.

5.  How will a massage feel?

It usually depends on the techniques used. In a general Relaxation or 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. All massage pressure can be adjusted to work with in your desired comfort level. Often, a light oil or lotion is used 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.

6.  How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment. If you received deep extensive treatment you may feel a little sore the following day or two. If this happens for you, ice can be used to ease any discomfort.

7.  When is massage not a treatment I can receive?

There are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor depending on your situation.

8.  What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check or card (Visa, Master Card, American Express).