Massage Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during a massage?

When you arrive you will be asked to complete a client in-take form. This provides information that is useful to the Massage Therapist (MT). It will typically include a medical history portion as well, it's important to make sure the client does not have any health conditions where massage would not be appropriate. Then a pre-chat will be done. This allows the MT and client to get to know each other better and allows the client to verbally express where any pain or discomforts are and the basis for wanting a massage, example: relaxation, chronic pain, etc. This is also the perfect time to ask any questions. Always remember questions can be asked any time during the session as well.

Before the MT leaves the room to give the client the privacy to undress to their comfort level, he/she will inform the client how to lie on the table. The table is covered with a set of sheets and a blanket. Clients will lay under the top sheet and the blanket and will be fully covered. Once the MT enters the room modest draping techniques will be used to uncover the area to be worked on. Once the MT is finished with the undraped area it will then be re-draped, or recovered. The client should never feel uncomfortable with the draping; if it is uncomfortable always inform the MT. The client should never be fully exposed. Some therapist will use appropriate draping techniques for the gluteal (buttock) area, this should only be done with verbal client consent.

The MT will ask how the pressure is before the session starts and also during the session, if the pressure is too much or not enough always inform the MT.

What type of clothing should be worn?

Clients are welcome to undress to their comfort level. Some clients like to leave on their undergarments, some wear loose shorts, some wear nothing at all - it's essentially what the client is comfortable with. Please keep in mind the more clothing left on may affect the MT abilities to access certain muscled groups.

Why is drinking water after receiving a massage important?

The body naturally produces waste products that muscles give off through use. These waste products can build up inside of the muscles. Therefore when the client receives a massage the waste products are released into the blood stream. Drinking plenty of water (at lease the 8, 8oz glasses but, more is better!) helps to flush the waste products out of the blood stream, hydrate the body and decrease the chance of feeling sore after the massage. The soreness that some clients may feel is the resettling of these waste products that were not flushed out.

TIP: It is a really great idea to try and drink half of your body weight in ounces. Ex: 150lbs = 75 oz of water.

How often should I receive a massage?

This varies depending on the client�s needs. Chronic pain or conditions may require more frequent visits that are closer together. Once the issue is resolved then transferring to a maintenance plan is useful to prevent the issue from returning, usually once a month is appropriate. Incorporating massage as part of your wellness plan is a wonderful addition, for stress management and general relaxation once a month is also a good approach. Massage has many health benefits, please see our benefits tab above for more information.

Are there reasons not to receive a massage?

Yes. Here is a list of conditions where massage therapy is not appropriate:

  • Atherosclerosis that is severe
  • Bleeding � External or internal
  • Blood Pressure (High) if severe and not controlled
  • Communicable or infectious diseases
  • Edema (swelling) relating to the heart, infections, obstructions or kidney dysfunction
  • Fever
  • Infectious skin (ex: Warts, ring worm, staph infection, poison ivy or any infectious skin that is viral, parasitic, bacterial or fungal in nature) (most can be locally avoided)
  • Intoxication or drug use
  • Malignant Melanomas
  • Nausea or vomiting (massage can increase these symptoms)
  • Rickets
  • Phlebitis/Thrombosis
  • Dialysis
  • Toxemia
  • Blood Clots
  • Cancer
  • A flare up episode related to inflammation disorders like arthritis, fibromyalgia, colitis, etc. When the inflammation is no longer acute then massage is appropriate
  • Please see our Introduction to Massage tab for more information regarding Pregnancy and massage
  • Some conditions need medial approval and sometimes even written approval from the doctor, these can include:

  • In remission from cancer
  • Recent surgery
  • Recent high risk pregnancy
  • Recent major illness
  • Blood thinner medication
  • Heart conditions
  • Severe varicose veins
  • Under a doctor's care
  • Stroke/ aneurism
  • Sever osteoporosis
  • These guidelines help protect the client and the MT. Clients are always welcome to call our office to ask any questions regarding if massage is appropriate.

    Conyers Chiropractic & Massage 770.922.8150

    TIPS: Alcohol and prescription pain medication should not be taken before a massage, 12-24 hours prior to the session is acceptable.

    The common cold is a good reason to reschedule a massage