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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Are the Benefits of Chair Massage and Bodywork?
How Will I Feel After the Chair Massage Session?
What Should I Do During the Massage or Bodywork Session?
How Long Will the Session Last?
What Will the Chair Massage Feel Like?
What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage or Bodywork Inadvisable?
What is the History of Massage?
So What Is It Exactly?
Will My Insurance Cover It?

What Are the Benefits of Chair Massage and Bodywork? ( top )
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

How Will I Feel After the Chair Massage Session? ( top )
Most people feel relaxed; some feel invigorated. 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.

What Should I Do During the Massage or Bodywork Session? ( top )
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and tune out. We will frequently check in with you to ask about our pressure. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

How Long Will the Session Last? ( top )
The average chair massage is anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Any longer than that, the body falls into a deeper relaxation state which is not our goal. The practitioner will be sure to keep your sympathetic nervous system in play.

What Will the Chair Massage Feel Like? ( top )
It depends on the techniques used any your sensitivity. Our massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. The strokes are mostly petrissage and tapotment. In the early stages or in Demos the pressure will be mostly medium to light as not to overstress your system. As we work with you on a regular basis, you can request the levels of pressure and specific areas to focus upon.

What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged? ( top )
Mostly the muscle groups that are used during the day. These include the Traps, Lats, Erector Spinae, posterior Iliac area, Biceps, triceps, forearms, hands, fingers, cervical area and scalp. Advanced clients can have legs and feet worked upon request.

Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage or Bodywork Inadvisable? ( top )
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. 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 or bodywork prior to any session. You will provide this info to us in our intake form.

What is the History of Massage? ( top )
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

So What Is It Exactly? ( top )
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:

  • Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques including seated or Chair massage.
  • Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.
  • Somatic: Meaning "of the body." Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.

There are more than 200 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.

Will My Insurance Cover It? ( top )
The services of a bodywork professional may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist are often covered. Since your doctors cannot prescribe a 10 minute chair massage at work, its up to you to take charge of your own health.

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