Frequently Asked Questions About Massage

Massage FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is massage new?   Massage is the oldest form of health care.  It is an integral part of the way we are created - a mother strokes her distraught child; a clerk with a headache rubs her temples; an athlete stretches and kneads after an event;  a carpenter holds and squeezes a mashed thumb; we rub and stretch a sore back; we rub a constipated abdomen.   Massage as formal health care was recorded in ancient China, Egypt and Greece.  Modern massage has been used extensively in Europe for 100 years.

Is massage growing in the U.S.?    In 2003 the Opinion Research Corporation took a national poll, finding that 90% of respondents agree that massage can be beneficial to your health.  Of those, 78% view massage as more than just a luxury.   One- third of US adults have received massage during the last 5 years.  The percentage receiving massage went up nearly one sixth in just the last year alone.

Why would I want massage?   Massage stimulates many healthy body processes, relieves many pains and typically produces a profound state of relaxation and sense of well being.

What gets massaged?  Skin, muscle, tendons, ligaments, fascia, joints and sometimes organs are massaged.

Do I have to undress totally?   You do not have to do anything that you are not completely comfortable with. You may wear as much or as little clothing as you wish. Discuss this with your therapist.

Is my privacy/modesty maintained?   You will dress and undress in privacy. Before, during and after the massage you will be completely draped. Only areas specifically agreed upon will be uncovered and massaged.

Can I bring someone with me to the session?   Certainly, but please ask your therapist first.  Everyone in the room should be comfortable with the situation.

What if I am uncomfortable about some aspect of touch?    Massage requires temporary renegotiation of society's normal rules about touch and personal space.  You and your therapist should discuss your comfort zone.  The therapist will follow your expressed preferences.  Over time, many clients change their preferences as they become more at ease with the draping, the techniques, and the therapist.

How does a session end?   At the end of each session the therapist will let you rest (or sleep) quietly for several minutes before speaking to you.

What is the benefit of regular massage?   Regular massage produces a conditioned response so that each massage builds on the previous ones. Successive massages lead to progressively deeper and more profound relaxation.


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by Bruce A. Hopkins