Should I Tip my massage therapist?
Yes!!  A Tip for a great service is always appreciated.  Generally 10%, 15%, or 20% is appropriate.  You will get a great massage with or without a tip though. Gratuity is not included in with the massage prices.

“massages by andrea” accepts Visa/Discover/MC/American Express, Venmo, Cash, or Checks.  Receipts are also available.

Why should I get a massage?  What are the benefits of a massage?
Nearly everyone can benefit from a massage.  You don’t have to be an athlete to appreciate the difference massage can make in your physical well-being.  Many benefits include: increasing circulation, improving muscle tone, relieving stress and tension, and promoting natural healing.  It is the ultimate in physical and mental relaxation.

How often should I get a massage?
The answer to this question can only be answered by you.  What are your goals?  Are you wanting to de-stress? work on an injury? are you sore? were you referred by a health care provider?  Discuss the options with your massage therapist to find out what works best for you. Remember that consistency is key in getting the most out of your treatment sessions.

Why am I told to drink plenty of water before/after a massage?
Muscle cramps can often be prevented by measures such as adequate hydration.  If your body is low on water, the metabolic waste that is passed into the lymph system may attempt to resettle and give you that feeling of being sore or dizzy, or even leave you with a headache.

Why do I sometimes feel dizzy or ill after a massage?
Lymph is tissue fluid that circulates throughout the lymphatic system and may pick up bacteria and bring it to the lymph nodes where they are destroyed.  If this lymph cannot flow, then metabolic waste may settle in and cause not only soreness, but also some dizziness and nausea.  How much water have you been drinking?  Staying hydrated in key.

Should I expect to feel sore after a massage?
Massage therapist should always check in with you to make sure the right amount of pressure is given.  However, if tight muscles need extra work, you may feel the effects of the bodywork the following day.  This is called Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness (DOMS).  If you are sore, most times this goes away by day 2.  Please make sure you come to your session hydrated.

What is that “crunching” noise I hear when the massage therapist rubs my shoulders?
Fascia is a connective tissue that runs throughout the body and surrounds all of the muscles and organs.  If this fascia is hard, a “crunching” noise may be heard until it is softened and is able to be “worked” or “kneaded”.  Softened fascia allows movement and less restriction of these muscles and organs.

How old or young do I need to be to get a massage?
Massages are not age-appropriate based.  As long as the massage therapist checks in with you making sure you are comfortable and the right pressure is used throughout the session, any age can receive a massage.  Always give your massage therapist any contraindications so he or she can stay within your health boundaries.  However, if the client is an infant or toddler, please find a therapist who is certified to work with this age.

What if I’m pregnant, should I get a massage?
It is advised to get your Doctor’s permission to get a massage if you are pregnant.  Many Doctors have recommended massages to expecting mothers knowing that their bodies goes through so many changes during this special time.

What if I have allergies to creams, oils, or lotions?
There are some fragrances in creams and lotions that may cause a reaction on the skin.  If this is the case, make sure you tell your massage therapist so they can use a water based lotion made especially for sensitive skin.  The same goes for oil; if you are aware of a specific oil or scent that is harmful to your body, ask your therapist to use a carrier oil that is non-scented.  Feel free to bring your own cream, oil, or lotion if this gives you peace of mind that you won’t have a reaction to something you are unfamiliar with.

Can I work out before or after a massage?
Massages help to ease sore and tight muscles, you might not feel like working out or doing anything except relaxing after receiving bodywork.  However, some may feel rejuvenated and ready to conquer the world.  It is wise to listen to your body.

What should I wear to a massage appointment?
It is up to each individual to undress down to their comfort level.  Some people take everything off while others leave their underclothes on.  You will never be undraped or exposed in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Can I talk during a massage?
A massage is YOUR time and some people relax by talking while others just wish to stay quiet and reflect in silence.  You decide as your massage therapist will follow your lead.

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