FAQ of Massage


Frequently asked question about Massage Thereapy

Massage is beneficial to the mind, body and soul through increasing flexibility in the joints and muscles, strengthening blood and lymph circulation, enhancing capacity for clearer thinking, rellieving muscle tension and stiffness, and toning muscles and skin.

Massage can help to: Maintain health, improve posture, reduce blood pressure, decrease stress and expand range of motion.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissue by a massage therapist. Techniques employed can be passive movement and articulation of joints, application of pressure in smooth gliding strokes and or direct finger pressure, with the intent of releasing muscle tension, soreness or tightness. Massage therapy is also helpful in reducing stress and calming nerves. There are a wide variety of massage types and techniques, ranging from therapeutic to spiritual. The general goal for massage therapy is to help you feel more relaxed in your body.

What are the benefits of massage?

Massage therapy can play a very large part in injury recovery, managing stress and easing everyday aches and pains. Massage has been proven to:

  • Ease muscle pain and spasm
  • Increase circulation, blood and lymphatic flow
  • Increase delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscles
  • Enhance skin condition
  • Release endorphins
  • Speed healing of soft-tissue injuries
  • Speed recovery between athletic performances


What happens during a Massage?

I will discuss with you your medical history, your experience with massage, as well as what your goals in the first session. Once I have a firm idea of your needs, I will leave the room and allow you to disrobe to your level of comfort. There should be a drape of some sort on the massage table, typically a sheet or a large towel for you to cover yourself with. I will knock on the door to be sure that you are ready, and then your massage will begin.

During your session, I will undrape the body part being massaged. Depending on the type of massage, I may use lotion or oil to reduce friction and add a soothing quality. I will check in with you throughout the massage to be sure I am using an adequate amount of pressure.

When your massage is finished, I will quietly exit the room to allow you to get dressed. Once you are dressed I will ask how you are feeling. It is important that you are open and honest with me. It is not uncommon to feel, thirsty, hungry or even dizzy after a massage. I will ask how you feel because I care about how your body received the massage work.

How are Massage Therapy and Chiropractic different?

Massage therapists work on the soft tissues – muscles, tendons, and lymphatic systems. Chiropractors are doctors who treat the skeletal and nervous systems. Although different, chiropractic and massage are very complimentary.

How often should I get a massage?

This is a question I hear all the time. In short there is no hard and fast rule. Because there are many factors involved, it is a good idea to discuss this with me. The most important thing is that you get on a regular schedule, because many times I will find muscle tension you weren’t even aware of. By reducing the amount of muscle tension in your body, you are also reducing your risk of injury, should you take a fall.

Why do they say to drink water after a massage?

Lactic acid is a byproduct of your body’s use of oxygen and nutrients. During a massage, the lactic acid I push from your muscle into your blood stream. In severe cases it can cause temporary, abdominal cramping, head-ache and nausea. Water helps flush your system of anything released during a massage.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t have a massage?

Absolutely. Speak with your doctor if you have any medical condition or are on prescription medication. If you have problems with your skin, heart, liver, or circulatory system, be sure you have your doctor’s permission before getting a massage.

What qualifications are required to be a massage therapist?

Requirements vary from state to state. Currently 29 states have certification or licensing requirements Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oregon and Washington have strict licensing requirements. Some states leave the regulation process to county or city offices. Most commonly massage schools offer programs of 500 to 1000 hours, depending on state requirements. Students learn anatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology, evaluation and assessment skills, and a variety of massage techniques. Feel free to discuss with me, what skills and experience I have that might be helpful in your session.

How much does a massage cost?

Massage can range from $45 to $90 per hour, depending on your location and the style of massage you choose. It runs more for me to come to you than for you to come to me.

I am pregnant, should I get a massage?

First, talk to your doctor or midwife. Be sure I have a detailed understanding of any problems you have experienced during your pregnancy.

Do I have to take my clothes off?

You should never do anything that makes you uncomfortable. Some types of massage such as Shiatsu can be done with the client fully clothed. Talk to me and address the issues that may make you feel uncomfortable.

Benefits of Chair Massage: Why Do It?

Chair massage is often used in high stress locations like airports, trade shows and conventions, but it is also used a lot in corporate settings as well. Companies utilize corporate chair massage services for their health fairs, employee appreciation days, and corporate events with excellent outcomes in attendance, foot traffic, stress reduction and morale.
After a chair massage, the client feels energized, rejuvenated, valued and relaxed. It can work wonders for your body, your mental state and your sense of well-being and happiness.

Frequently asked question about Equine Massage Thereapy

A horse that has a injury needs to be cleared by a vet!

My horse has been diagnosed by my vet with an injury that requires stall rest and hand-walking only. Should I reduce his massage frequency since he’s not working? 

Not necessarily. Massage for the stall-bound or hand-walking horse will aid in the recovery and rehabilitation process by keeping the circulation going, the muscle fibers elastic, and the joints in full range of motion. Not to mention it will make him just plain feel better! There are also simple, no-impact exercises that can be added to his routine to help retain his muscle tone and mental stimulation so he can better handle his down time and come back to work more quickly. 

I’m showing my horse this weekend and this week is my first scheduled massage appointment. Is this okay?

Yes, once your horse is on a regular massage schedule. If this is your horse’s first session it is recommended that you do not have your horses massaged 5 days before a show. This is because both horse and rider need time to adjust to their new way of moving and some horses may be slightly sensitive afterwards. 

How long do I have to wait until I can ride my horse after a session?

Light follow-up exercise is a component of equine sports massage. Therefore a 15-20 minute hack, or a gentle trail ride would greatly benefit your horse because exercise following the massage helps in the re-education of muscle fibers to the correct alignment. If you are unable to ride your horse after his session I recommend a 10-15 minute brisk hand-walk within 2 hours of his session. However, horses with injuries that are on stall-rest or that are prohibited from any exercise will still benefit from Equine Body Work.

How often should a horse be massaged? 

This depends on the horse’s level of work, his confirmation, his health, the extent of an injury, the footing, and how well his tack fits. The average horse, ridden 3-5 days a week, performing moderate work, should receive a massage monthly. This allows his care-givers to have a regular check on his muscular condition and impact of training. Competition horses in more serious training, meeting higher standards and strenuous demands, need massages about every two weeks. Horses in the highest level of competition (Grand Prix Jumping, Grand Prix Dressage etc.), or whose sport places very high demands on their bodies and minds, need weekly sessions. A retired horse or a horse used for pleasure should have a massage about every 6 weeks. The frequency of massages for injured or rehabilitating horses is determined by your veterinarian and is only massaged under your veterinarian’s supervision. *Allowing more than 6 weeks between sessions will diminish the benefits of massage, and may allow issues to resurface before they are resolved.

Do I have to be there to hold my horse?

Most horses are happy to stand quietly for a massage after the initial session. As a result, owners/handlers need not be present at every session. 

When will I notice an improvement in my horse?

Sometimes there is an immediate notable improvement. Sometimes it takes a few sessions. With the exception of accidents or direct trauma, most soft tissue issues are cumulative. They didn’t happen overnight and they therefore will take some time to improve.

How long does an equine massage session last?

The massage will last anywhere between 45 min to 2 hours. However, for new clients, the first session usually last 1-2 hours. This includes static and dynamic observations, assessment of the horse, a history checklist, and a full body massage.