What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.

What do I wear during the massage?

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders, with focus to the areas of tension.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, 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 completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

Is draping required?

JS Therapeutic strictly adheres to the AMBP code of ethics to use appropriate and skilled draping procedures. Draping is always required.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

Most people feel very relaxed. 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 are the benefits of massage and bodywork?

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.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

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. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

When should I NOT get a massage?

It is suggested that you not receive massage if you have:
A severe cold, flu, or acute infectious disease.  A massage during these times may overload your system with toxins and make you feel worse.
A high fever
Acute injury immediately after an accident which resulted in whiplash, sprains, and soft tissue damage.  Massage at a later time will be more effective.
Acute conditions – things that are “flared up” temporarily like inflamed arthritis, phlebitis, psoriasis, or eczema
Alcohol or drug intoxication – massage is just not healthy when you’re intoxicated or heavily drugged.
Get a lighter massage when you have:
High blood pressure that hasn’t been controlled by medication
Diabetes – deeper massage may cause a hypoglycemic reaction
A very frail, elderly constitution
Osteoporosis
Varicose veins

Will the massage hurt?

Everyone’s threshold of pain is different. Some people want lighter work to help them relax. Others prefer deeper work regardless of the soreness. Deep massage on tight, chronically contracted muscles may feel good and bad at the same time. If you feel a sharp pain during massage, you should let your therapist know because this may infer inflammation or nerve damage which is contraindicated for massage. Be sure to make your pressure preference known to your therapist and don’t hesitate to give feedback if you would like the pressure and depth of stroke adjusted.

Did you go to school for this?

Yes, The state of Florida requires at least 500 hours of training for licensure and 24 continuing education credits every 2 years for license renewal. Massage schools offer certification courses that range from 500 to 1000 hours. The curriculum includes Anatomy, Physiology, Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology, Connective tissue, Positional release, Reflexology, Sports massage, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Polarity, Myofascial release, Trigger points, Magnetic therapy (Energy Techniques), Massage in pregnancy, Infant massage, On-Site massage, Clinical Application, hydrotherapy, Business and Professional Ethics, Pathology, and Practical Experience.

What is your cancellation policy?

I understand life happens. If for some reason you can not make your scheduled appointment, please let me know as soon as you can. I do not charge any cancellation fees. However, if cancelations become habitual you may be prevented from making future appointments. 

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is more than just "scents." It's a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are the fragrant essence of a plant. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties.

How are essential oils used in aromatherapy?

Essential oils are extracted one of two ways – either by steam distillation or expression, or pressing. Distillation is the most prominent method used to extract aromatherapy oils, however. This technique involves steaming the plant matter until it breaks down. The byproduct of this breakdown phase is the plant’s fragrant oil, which is cooled, separated from the water and finally filtered into its pure essential oil.

Are essential oils the same as perfume?

Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.