FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS MASSAGE THERAPY:
It’s your time; be sure to speak up! Let your us know your specific needs as we customize every service at Premier. Whether you prefer pressure, have specific areas of pain or discomfort? Speak up and let us know; so you’ll receive the ultimate customized Massage Therapy session according to your individual needs. Premier focuses on therapeutic, relaxation and overall health and wellness.
Why is speaking up so important? This is YOUR session – and every massage is customized to your individual needs. Your Licensed Massage Therapist wants you to enjoy every minute and benefit as much as possible from the time you spend with them. If you’d like anything altered or changed – the pressure, areas worked, position, temperature of the warmer on the massage bed.
Asking the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.
Boost Mental Health and Wellness
Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected by massage therapy.
Pain Management and Improved Range of Motion
Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Recent findings highlight the role of massage in pain management.
Improved Physical Fitness
Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy – massage can reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance, and prevent injuries.
Check out our related blog post to learn more about the healing benefits of massage therapy for anxiety, insomnia, and more.
When should I avoid getting a massage?
In general, there are a few conditions that would prevent you from getting a massage. Of course, do not schedule an appointment if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, cold, or a skin condition that is contagious. The first trimester of pregnancy is generally considered off-limits for massage, as are active chemotherapy or other intensive medical treatments. If you have a serious medical condition and you are unsure if a massage would be safe for you, massage therapists will recommend that you speak with your primary care provider to get approval first.
What should I expect during my first massage visit?
Your massage therapist should require you to fill out a health history form. They may also ask more in-depth questions to establish which areas you would like focused on, or if there are any specific conditions needing to be addressed. It is important to list all health concerns and medication so that your therapist can adapt your session to your specific needs without causing any harm. It is also important to specify any allergies so that your therapist may adjust the oil or cream being used during your visit.
Do I have to be completely undressed? What do you wear for a massage?
You may undress to your level of comfort. Many people prefer to keep their underwear on during a massage, while others choose to be nude. Your massage therapist will leave the room so you can undress and lie on the massage table under a top sheet. Regardless if you choose to maintain some clothing or not, your massage therapist will always ensure that you are always properly covered with proper draping.
Will the massage hurt?
In general, massages should not hurt. In fact, if you are in pain during a massage, this may cause your muscles to seize up, making the relaxing effects more difficult to achieve. If the pressure is too intense, speak up immediately so your therapist can adjust. Certain techniques may result in soreness during the days following a massage, similar to that of a great workout, but in general, you should not have pain during or after your massage.
Do you talk during a massage?
Some people enjoy having a conversation during their massage but keep in mind, the treatment is all about you releasing your tensions and enjoying the experience. Regardless of your choice, be sure to speak up during the massage if there is anything you’d like adjusted (temperature, pressure, music, etc).
What if I fall asleep and snore or drool?
It is very common for guests to fall asleep during their massage. If you snore or drool, don’t worry, your Vero Beach massage therapist has definitely seen this before and will not judge. We love seeing you so relaxed!
What if I have body acne, skin conditions, or forgot to shave?
Rest assured, massage therapists have seen and felt it all! Please do not feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. Your massage therapist is focused on creating a relaxing and therapeutic experience for you, and you cannot relax if you are anxious about your body’s appearance. If anything, your therapist may be able to make product or technique recommendations to help alleviate any conditions that may be bothersome to you.
What if I get an erection during my massage?
Sometimes it happens. Yet many men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they choose to receive the massage but are unable to completely relax out of fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed. Sometimes men can get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full-body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection. An educated, professional massage therapist understands this, and it should not be an issue for him or her. If you are still concerned, consider wearing more fitted underwear, which provides more support and coverage than traditional boxer shorts. NOTE: If the therapist feels the session has turned sexual for any guest, they may stop the session to clarify the client’s intent and may decide to stop the session immediately. In no circumstance will sexual advances be tolerated in the treatment room.
How often should I get a massage?
The amount of time between massage appointments will depend on individual preference and needs; pain level, physical needs, relaxation, emotional needs, and of course, budget. Receiving a massage regularly; Ex: weekly for career when driving or sitting at a computer for long periods of time, hospitality industry, previous injury (should be cleared by doctor prior to scheduling an appointment), stress and knots (every day life or work stress may cause muscle tension, activate TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint dysfunction), need for total relaxation or special occasions, has the most benefit; this can be as often as weekly or monthly. With our Essentials Membership, you not only can treat yourself monthly but also enjoy other perks and benefits within the spa.