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1 Hypnotherapy and NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP)
1 Swedish and Deep Tissue (DT) Integrated Massage
1 CranioSacral (CST)
1 Lymph Drainage
1 Positional Release (PRT) and Essential Oil Therapies
1 Somatic Education
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How often should I have a massage?
Therapeutic massage offers a superb way to cleanse the body of metabolic waste and relieve stress. If you are coming in for maintenance care, anytime you feel the need for bodywork is fine. But when someone is moving through a stress or healing challenge, then if possible, every week to 10 days is a superior way for your nervous system to integrate and continue the healing and learning process without too much time in between sessions.

Why should I drink lots of water the day of a massage?
Massage enables our cells to release toxins into our interstitial fluids. It is the abundance of pure water that assists us in clearing the toxins of metabolic waste that our cells release out of our bodies. The cleaner our internal system, the healthier we are!

Is it necessary to feel sore after a massage?
No! There are all types of massage and all types of therapists. While certain modalities target a specific injury to assist in separating adhesions or internal scar tissue, it is essential that the therapist work slowly and only at the level that our clients can handle. I don’t necessarily set an agenda or goal; instead I prefer listening to what can be improved on during each specific session. It is important to enable you to truly relax and let go of the muscular contractions that are creating the havoc. Pushing against contracting muscles will never achieve lasting results.

I’ve had a massage before but didn’t enjoy the session, so why should I have another massage?
As important as the actual massage is, the relationship between therapist and client is equally essential. It is the interaction between our nervous systems that creates a healing, balancing and nurturing experience. If the massage was not beneficial it could be that the therapist was not focused while listening to what you, the client, needed most, or that the therapist was too adamant in providing a set protocol that didn’t resonant with you.

What are "modalities", and which one is best for me?
Think of modalities as tools in a tool box or paints on a painter’s palette. These are the skills that we as massage therapists apply to enable our clients to relax and release contracted muscles, find more fluid breathing and in certain situations rehabilitate injured tissues. The therapist should work with you and together find which modalities best serve you at each specific moment. In every session we are different and therefore by listening the therapist may integrate something that enables your nervous system to respond more favorably.

If I am already seeing a Physical Therapist or other practitioner (Acupuncture, Chiropractor, Reflexologist…) can I also have massage?
Yes! Massage is a wonderful adjunct to other healing applications that enable you to integrate the work for improved flexibility, relaxation and well being.

How soon after an injury or surgery can I start having massage?
In the case of surgery, your doctor will give you a go ahead, and with an injury you can begin in the sub-acute stage which is approximately 48 to 72 hours after the trauma depending on the situation.

Is massage safe with pregnancy?
Yes, massage is wonderful for both mother and fetus! It is recommended that the mother wait until she moves into her 2nd trimester before beginning massage and she may have massage up to the birth date. You will want to inquire if the therapist is knowledgeable in working with pregnancy massage.

Can people coping with cancer have massage? I heard it can spread the cancer; is this true?
No, massage does not influence a cancer’s growth; in fact, massage is an outstanding, nurturing way to support the immune system while struggling to return to a more balanced place. Even so, it is always best to have your doctor clear you for massage.
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