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Frequently Asked Questions About Massage

How long is a massage? A massage session is usually one hour long. This is usually enough time for a relaxing massage although with Blue Pacific's full body massage it will take 80 to 90 minutes. There are times, though when up to two hours may be necessary to give more attention to a problem area.

What do I wear for a massage? The best way to receive a massage is with the body completely unclothed. The therapist is sensitive to the need for privacy and will keep your body covered with a sheet or blanket, except for the area being massaged. It will be uncovered while being massaged and then recovered when not. However if this  is uncomfortable in any way you may choose to wear under garments or a swimsuit, the client may choose to leave on as much clothing as needed for comfort.This is your massage session and you should be as comfortable as possible. You should also preferably remove all jewelry and pull hair up and back in a band or clip.

What about conversation during the massage? Conversation can be distracting to you and the therapist. Good massage often requires the massage therapist to focus her thoughts and energy and concentrate on what your body is telling her and what she needs to do for your body to receive the healing process through the massage. Try to confine your conversation to feedback about the massage. Some people don’t realize that conversation is distracting them from truly feeling the sensations a massage gives. Try just concentrating on those sensations and you might be amazed at the difference it does actually make. Read how to receive a massage

Should I expect any discomfort?Allow the massage therapist to move your limbs into various positions. Be Limp, like a rag doll, and do not try to help move your arms, legs, or head. The therapist is a trained professional who will not do anything to hurt you. However, feel free to speak up if anything the therapist does is too painful or ticklish, or uncomfortable in any way. Most therapist ask the client about the pressure they are using if it is to much or not enough and when doing deep tissue massage they will most likely use a pain scale for you to communicate with them about the pressure being used as a trained professional they know the importance of pain scales and how to much pain can actually hurt you more than help you. So be sure and take the responsibility to inform the therapist of any discomfort so that adjustments can be made to the pressure and/or techniques being used.

Is there any reason why I should not get a massage? With all of the following conditions, massage is contraindicated: fever, infection, broken bones, infectious disease, high blood pressure, tumors, open wounds, muscle ruptures, heavy bruising, herniation, burns, myositis ossificans, thrombosis, and bleeding disorders such as hemophilia. Massage is also not recommended for people with severe heart conditions, some skin infections and women who are in the first trimester of pregnancy. Some gastrointestinal complaints can also be complicated by massage, and at the very least, massage can be uncomfortable in these situations, so please inform the therapist of any concerns or conditions and you may want to discuss such situations with the massage therapist before you begin. The therapist must be aware of all health conditions due to certain contraindications or cautions for massage. I have disclosed all such conditions.

How often should I receive massage?The most Ideal and recommended is at least every week. Every 2 weeks is very beneficial and monthly is sufficient to help maintain health and wellness. A weekly session is particularly helpful if you have specific issues that need to be addressed and to help progress the healing time twice a week works for starting the therapeutic process. Many clients prefer a weekly session to maximize their feeling of wellness and relaxation. Regular massage will keep toxins from building up in your cells, which works to decrease pain and muscle spasms, as well as strengthen your immune system and overall sense of well-being. There are specific issues that may call for having a massage 2 or 3 times a week it all depends on what type of therapy you are receiving what goals you have set and what treatment plan your therapist decides would benefit you most.

What causes knots in muscle?The hard knotty areas of muscle are when the muscle fibers bind up and stick together, which restricts fresh oxygen-rich blood going into that area, and causes the metabolic wastes to remain. The metabolic wastes burn your tissues like an acid, causing pain and inflammation. Massage helps blood and fluids to flow freely and circulate through the body as it strengthens the immune system, cleans and removes toxins and helps maintain your body's health and wellness.

Will I be sore after my massage?After a massage, most people feel very relaxed and feel a release from aches and pains that have built up over weeks or even years. With regular massage, those aches and pains that we learn to live with usually go away entirely. Some people feel very energized following a massage and some feel very lethargic so how you feel is depending on you. With  a deep tissue massage or therapeutic massage, you may also feel some soreness a few hours after the massage, or even into the next days. If you are very sore, or the soreness lasts more than 2 days, the massage may have been too deep. Be sure to  provide this feedback to your massage therapist.

How does your mobile massage service work? I bring everything needed to give you a great, relaxing massage at your location. I supply the table, linens, oils and music. All you need to supply is YOU!

Is chair massage as effective as table massage?No. Although chair massage or onsite chair massage is relaxing and has many benefits, it does not even compare to the table massage. When you are sitting up, some of the muscle groups are engaged to keep you from falling out of the chair. Contracted muscles do not receive as much benefit during massage as relaxed muscles, which is why table massage is the more preferred method of treatment.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.") at times using the thumb, fingers, fist, elbow and forearm and some therapists may use different mechanical aids 

What is Hot Stone Massage?Hot Stone Massage is using stones that are immersed in water and heated to temperature that allow the body to relax and be at ease.   The stones may be placed  on points that are thought to be energy centers of the body to rebalance the body and mind. The massage therapist integrates the use of the stones by massaging or stroking the body with a heated stone.The heat can help relieve muscle tension and warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.The massage therapist integrates the use of the stones by massaging or stroking the body with a heated stone.