Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Is massage safe for everyone?


Most massage techniques are safe for most people of all ages. With the right touch, massage is safe and a very beneficial health support. However, there are several conditions that a massage would not be recommended. For example, contagious disease, fever, severe pain, or a history of thrombosis. Certain contraindications, such as recent injuries or deep vein thrombosis, will require the massage treatment to be modified. Please fill out the intake form to the best of your ability to inform your therapist of any modifications or concerns that will affect massage treatment. If you suffer from bleeding disorders, severe osteoporosis, or severe thrombocytopenia, please consult with your doctor prior to making a session. Craniosacral therapy is a wonderful alternative for those that cannot receive massage.




Can I benefit from a massage?


Absolutely! Massage Therapy can be effective for multiple health conditions and for overall health and wellness. Massage therapy is helpful to reduce stress and anxiety, blood pressure, chronic pain, headaches and much more!. Massage therapy is a great addition to preventative care.




Do you offer deep-tissue massage?


Our therapeutic treatment is a perfect blend of deep tissue, sports, shiatsu and swedish massage. Our techniques and pressure are dependant on your bodies ability to soften and relax. The most benefit comes when your tissue layers allow for deeper pressure. Our belief is that with patience and the right touch, the body will benefit greatly than forceful, deep pressure.




What other services do you offer?


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Is cupping safe for everyone?


There are some contraindications that cupping would not be recommended. Pregnant women, children, the elderly and people with certain health conditions would be denied cupping therapy. Health conditions that are not safe for cupping include cancer, organ failure, hemophilia, edema, blood disorders and certain heart disease. Certain medications are contraindicated such as blood-thinners.




How will aromatherapy help me?


Essential oils have been used for over thousands of year to promote health and healing of physical, mental and/or emotional aspects of one’s self. Extensive studies have proven the benefits of essential oil usage for pain, dis-ease, anxiety, disorders and much more. Learn more about Aromatherapy.





Important Information

Is free parking available?


Yes!! The best part is that there is free and accessible parking in front of the building and in the surrounding neighborhood. On evening Cubs’ games, we provide parking passes. Please allocate at least 5 minutes to find parking.




What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?


No worries! You can easily call or cancel online. Please cancel or reschedule within a reasonable time frame. We recognize that last minute emergencies are likel, therefore, we have a lenient cancellation policy.





Massage Etiquette

What can I expect for my first appointment?


Before we can begin your massage, you will need to fill out an intake form. It is necessary to discuss any health or medical conditions that you are managing and any questions regarding the intake form or massage preferences. Your therapist will discuss with you your goals, a treatment plan and go over the intake form. Be sure to ask questions if you are unsure of the procedure or process. Your therapist should guide you so you can feel relaxed and safe.




What is important to know or do before my massage session?


  1. Know your travel time. Be aware of travelling time including additional time for parking.
  2. Arrive before your start time. Your massage time is valuable and you want to arrive before your appointment time.
  3. Know your intention and goals with your massage treatment. Are you coming in for an injury or stress management?
  4. Avoid eating right before your session. Eat light a couple of hours prior to your appointment so you can enjoy the massage and avoid hunger pains.
  5. Drink plenty of water. You will want to stay hydrated and keep hydrated so the tissue is pliable.




What should I wear?


If you are seeking therapeutic work for pain or injury, we advise to bring loose fitting shorts and bikini top (halter) for appropriate coverage. Your massage session is tailored to include deep stretches and possibly work on difficult muscles such as the chest muscles or hip muscles. Draping is one less concern we will have with loose, comfortable clothing. If you prefer a relaxation massage with minimal manipulation, you can undress to your comfort level, from wearing socks and underwear, to being completely bare-skinned.




Why do I feel sore after my massage?


Your body is sore just as it can get sore after a workout. Understand that massages are meant to relax and are not supposed to be painful. Know that you can speak up when there is pain or something feels uncomfortable. To alleviate with post massage soreness, increase fluid intake and do some light stretching.




How can I improve my massage experience?


There are multiple actions to create a long lasting, effect post massage treatment:

  1. A good workout and warm shower before massage will allow the muscles to be loose and ready to relax.
  2. It is crucial to keep a steady, relaxed elongated breath throughout the whole session if possible. Sometimes the breath expands deeper than your usual breathing pattern. These moments are essential to get through the uncomfortable aspects of a massage.
  3. Allow the mind to relax. If you are having difficulty relaxing the mind, focus on how the touch and technique feels.
  4. Know that you can communicate to your therapist about change in pressure or any dislikes or likes from their technques. Not all techniques are liked by everyone and not all pressure is good pressure. You can feel your body and you can request for a change in pressure or technique.
  5. Communicate your current needs. Keeping open communication about pain, radiating sensations or areas that are tender to touch. Please inform your therapist if you are having difficulty relaxing or if you prefer them to avoid certain areas.
  6. To alleviate post massage soreness, increase fluid intake and do some light stretching.




What should I absolutely avoid after a massage?






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