Why do most people get a massage?
The number one reason is stress. Stress
comes in many forms and manifests in different
ways. Physical stress from overuse or repetitive
motion may cause chronic discomfort, muscular
or joint pain. Environmental stress from
allergies, pollution, or lack of fresh circulated
air may cause headaches. Emotional stress
may result in overall fatigue and general
2. How can massage
help these kinds of stressors?
Massage increases circulation of blood and
oxygen which, in turn, brings nourishment
to tired, sore and fatigued muscles. It
increases endorphins, which may bring about
a feeling of well-being. Massage also aids
in joint mobility and muscular flexibility
by loosening soft tissue structures.
3. How often should
I get a massage?
Frequency of massage is very individual.
It depends on many factors including the
severity of the condition that is being
treated, your time and scheduling flexibility,
and cost. Spencer Muscular Therapy does
not accept insurance.
4. Will massage
hurt or cause me more pain?
I never have the intention of causing discomfort.
Many clients have passed on stories of being
worked on very deeply even after asking
the therapist to lighten the pressure. My
intention is to help your situation. There
may be circumstance to work on a specific
area using deep tissue massage, trigger
point work or cross fiber frictioning, but
only if necessary and not for an entire
5. What do I wear?
Boundaries are completely respected of all
clients, as I expect my boundaries will
be respected in return. Some clients who
are survivors of abuse do not wish to remove
any clothing and that is totally acceptable.
We can achieve an effective treatment. Most
clients leave on underpants but it is not
required. Many men will bring gym shorts.
Please know you will be properly and respectfully
draped with a sheet at all times. Your comfort
on the table is of utmost importance.
6. Do you work with
people who are living with chronic or terminal
Many chronic illnesses can be helped by
regular massage. Individuals living with
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome,
multiple sclerosis and digestive disorders
such as irritable bowel syndrome may experience
relief due to the relaxation response. Many
people in the recovery process from certain
cancers may enjoy the therapeutic benefit
of compassionate touch after enduring the
medical treatment process. Depending on
the stage of terminal illness, just the
caring touch of a gentle massage may ease
pain and provide emotional comfort.
7. How long will
it take to get an appointment?
To get a day and time that is preferred
to you it is advisable that you book a treatment
at least a week in advance. Mid-day between
11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. are more flexible
than after work or Saturday hours. Treatments
are scheduled Monday through Saturday. Same
day appointments are very rare, but if there
is a cancellation that appointment will
be happily filled.