FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MASSAGE
General Questions About Massage
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 can also promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.
See also a special section about massage benefits »
Massage therapy in specific areas can actually help alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms caused by menses. Certain trigger points can be stimulated, and the abdominal muscles can be gently massaged to help ease pains, cramping, nausea and fatigue. Though, it is entirely up to the client if they are feeling well enough to remain in a relaxed position for the duration of the treatment.
You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection. There are also other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions, it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn’t mean you can’t get massage. But it’s always better to err on the side of caution.
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that the practitioner asks general health questions before your session. 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, we strongly encourage you to get written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
A good massage eases muscle tension and encourages the parasympathetic nervous system to switch into its healing and relaxation state. The right combination of touch and deep pressure releases a great mixture of the happy hormone endorphin and calming love hormones prolactin and oxytocin that help switch off the secretion of stress hormone cortisol.
It is a compliment for a massage therapist if you fall asleep and completely relax.
“Some is better than none.” What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for occasional relaxation, a session every three-six weeks is usually fine. However, if you want to address a specific condition, we recommend more frequent visits at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Often, more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place. Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.
On a lighter note: Do you know American comedian George Burns who lived to be 100 years old? He was known for his not-so-healthy lifestyle but always credited his longevity to a daily massage 🙂
Massage appointments at Hawaii Natural Therapy
Yes, if you’d like to request a specific therapist, we recommend you book the appointment in advance. Our therapists have different specialties and schedules. Please call us to inquire about their specific availability to assure your time slot. Check our massage therapists’ professional profiles here.
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort. Please check the page about our massage clinic.
Yes, it is your session. You are the boss in the massage room. Why is that so important? If you’d like anything adjusted: pressure, areas worked, position, or if you are too hot or too cold, please let your massage therapist know. You will not hurt the therapist’s feelings by asking for something to make you more comfortable. Your therapist wants your session to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy. Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full-body massage last time but this time you only want your back, neck, shoulders, or arms worked, it’s perfectly fine to ask. You will enjoy your therapeutic massage sessions so much more!
What to know before your first appointment
Please note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, he/she may stop the session to clarify the client’s intent, and may decide to end the session immediately.