FAQ – Therapeutic Massage

What should I wear for the Massage appointment?  

Therapeutic Massage - White Oak CenterWhether you undress completely, or keep some clothes on, you will be appropriately draped at all times during the massage.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

A full body massage involves work on your entire body. However, you are never touched on or near your breasts or genitals.   Specific problems will mean specific work in that area.

Will a lubricant be used?

A non-greasy lotion is used to facilitate smoother, deeper strokes. If you are allergic to certain oils or scents, just let our therapist know.

What will the Massage feel like?

It depends on the techniques used and the extent of your injuries or pain. Initial pressure will relax specific areas and release tight muscles. Deep Tissue, Myofascial, and in particular Lyme massage, mean deeper pressure and more intensive work.   Even if certain areas are painful or sore during the massage, this is normal and should dissipate after a few sessions.

Will I be sore as a result of the Massage?

Yes, you may be sore depending on the work you have done. Feel free to let your therapist know if anything is too much during treatment. Any soreness usually subsides by the following day.

What is Cupping?

Cupping involves placing glass, on the skin surface and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup.

What are side the effects of cupping ?

Cupping can cause temporary red, blue or purple skin discoloration under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful.

What does cupping feel like?

You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Suction sensation can range from light to heavy. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing.

What are the contraindications to cupping?

Coagulation problems, skin ulcers, edema, pregnancy, cardiac failure, cirrhosis, severe edema, dermatitis , hernia.