Do I need to take my clothes off? 

For most types of massage therapy, the answer is usually yes, with Shiatsu being the exception to this rule. However, the amount of clothing you need to remove depends largely on the extent of the treatment you are receiving and your  own comfortability.  Since no two therapists are alike, it is best to ask during the consultation what is preferred. You should be covered with  a towels or sheet so the only parts showing are the parts being treated. This helps you to relax and helps keep you warm. 

What is the best frequency of treatment? 

Many people find  that once a week is perfect to help reduce their stress and make their bodies feel whole again. If you are seeking massage treatment for a recent injury it is usually recommend that the first two or three treatments be spaced every three to four days or weekly depending on the severity of the pain or dysfunction. For chronic conditions like arthritis, Parkinson's, a monthly treatment is recommended until your condition is stabilized.

Can massage help reduce stress levels? 

According to medical studies anything that can help you relax will reduce your stress levels and massage is one of the most relaxing therapies you can receive. Massage therapy treats the problem holistically without using suppression chemicals to slow you down. Massage therapists treat the whole person and help your body regain balance  to allow natural healing to occur.

How do I choose a therapist? 

A therapist should be happy to explain what to expect in the session and  and listen to what you hope to achieve.  Remember that private therapists are employed by you to give you the correct  therapy that is most helpful in healing and relaxing your body. One way to find a good therapist is through the American Massage Therapy Association or through  a recommendation from someone who has been to see the therapist. 

Will therapy hurt? 

If at any time the treatment you are receiving is causing you too much discomfort, ask the therapist to stop or ease off for a few minutes. Be open and let the therapist know how you are feeling and your treatment will be a lot more enjoyable and productive.  .

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