Who pays for massage therapy?

Most progressive extended health insurance plans cover massage therapy treatments when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist. Most do not require a physician’s order for treatments, although a few may still have this requirement. Most plans require that the covered individual pay for the treatment and submit the expense for reimbursement. Contact your employer for more information. Most Massage Therapists will require payment upon the provision of services. As most are operating as an independent practitioner, they are not in a position to provide credit, that is, wait until payment is received under extended health plans, before receiving payment. Discuss this with your Massage Therapist before treatment.

Should massage therapy be painful?

In a word, no. Massage Therapy is meant to relieve pain. There are some techniques that can be uncomfortable, but massage therapy should never cause the client pain. If, during treatment, you experience pain, inform your therapist. Communication is key. As a therapist, we do not know what the client is feeling unless we are told. A therapist should check in with the client to be sure the pressure is ok, but if you are experiencing pain, DO NOT wait for your therapist to ask you, please tell them. If you experience pain or tenderness several hours or the day after your treatment, this may be normal and is known as kickback pain. This may occur if your treatment was relatively deep and your muscles were fairly tight. It may also occur if the therapist worked too deep too quickly or if the client does not follow post treatment instructions given by the therapist.

How often should I have a massage?

There is no rule about how often to have a massage. If you and your therapist are working on something specific, your therapist will discuss a treatment plan with you. This will let you know how often you are supposed to have a massage and for how long. If your massage is for relaxation or stress relief purposes, it is recommended to come approximately once a month.

What is TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint Disorder)?

Tempromandibular Joint Disorder is jaw pain that is caused primarily by biomechanical dysfunction of the disc and joint which connects the mandible to the skull.   The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and headache to the face, teeth and neck.  Muscle pain may be caused by degeneration of the joint from arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease or by muscle spasms secondary to another cause or factor.  Other likely causes may be trauma or injury to other parts of the body such as whiplash or a fall or injury to the hip or low back.  TMJ can also be caused by dental abnormalities such as malocclusions and bite malalignments.  The primary cause of TMJ however, is clenching, bruxism and grinding due to stress and unexpressed emotions.

What is the treatment for TMJ?

 Massage Therapy is an effective treatment of TMJ.  The approach may involve massage techniques to inside/outside muscles of the face, jaw and neck. CranioSacral and SomatoEmotional Release Therapies involve intra-oral techniques that are gentle, yet effective for releasing muscles involved in chewing, swallowing, clenching and grinding.   SomatoEmotional Release Therapy also addresses the biomechanics of the rest of the body which may be contributing to misalignment.  Advanced intra-oral techniques are used specific to the Avenue of Expression to facilitate the release of unwanted tension due to unexpressed fear, anger and sadness. TMJ is a symptom of physical, mental and emotional stress.  Healthy rest, diet and exercise can also contribute to reducing the symptoms and possible cause of TMJ disorder.

How old does a person need to be to receive a massage therapy treatment?

Anyone who is able to give consent is able to have a treatment.  The only time there should be a parent/guardian present is if the child is 2 years of age or under, or if the child having the massage would like their parent in the room with them during the session.  We always ask a client if they would feel better with the parent in the room during the session and let them make up their own mind.

What is Indie Head Massage?

Indie Head Massage is a form of relaxation massage that focuses on the head, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms.  The art of Indie Head Massage originated from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine.  This form of Ayurvedic massage is a very relaxing and has balancing effects on the nervous system of the recipient and it helps them to relieve stress and tension creating a sense of peace and well-being.

What are the Benefits of Heat Treatments?

There are many benefits to heat treatments, some are: enhances the body’s ability to stay balanced, decrease muscle spasms by decreasing the rate of firing and sensitivity of muscle spindles, reduces stress, fatigue and anxiety and promotes relaxation by encouraging the body’s parasympathetic nervous response.  Heat treatments can improve sleep, ease joint pain and stiffness, eliminate toxins in the body, can increase blood circulation and vasodilation, and can alleviate migraines and tensions headaches due to muscle tension.  Heat Treatments have also been known to improve immune system function, and improve cardiovascular health, burn calories and assist scar repair by increasing circulation and improving collagen extensibility.  It is very important to stay well hydrated before and after your Heat Treatment.