Massage Therapy

1. What is Massage?

Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motorneuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being and as a recreational activity.

2. What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is a gentle type of full-body massage that’s ideal for people who:

    • are new to massage
    • have a lot of tension
    • are sensitive to touch

It can help release muscle knots, and it’s also a good choice for when you want to fully relax during a massage.

For this massage, you’ll remove your clothes, though you may choose to keep your underwear on.

You will be covered with a sheet while lying on the massage table. The massage therapist will move the sheet to uncover areas that they are actively working on.

3. What is Remedial Sport Massage?

Sports massage is a good option if you have a repetitive use injury to a muscle, such as what you may get from playing a sport. It is also a good option if you are prone to injuries because it can be used to help prevent sports injuries. You may also use sports massage to increase flexibility and performance. Additionally, sports massage can be used to relieve pain, anxiety, and muscle tension.

A sports massage can be done as a full-body massage or the massage therapist may focus on the parts of the body that need the most attention. Deep pressure may be alternated with soothing strokes depending on your needs.

You can have a sports massage while clothed or naked. If you prefer to wear clothing, make sure it is thin, loose, and allows the therapist access to your muscles – loose shorts and a t-shirts are options.

4. What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is best for people who are looking to relax or restore their natural energy levels.

It is also a good option if you are not comfortable being touched on your entire body.

Reflexology uses gentle to firm pressure on different pressure points of the feet, hands and ears.

You can wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows access to your feet, legs and/or hands.

5. What is a Chair Massage?

A chair massage is best for people who want a quick massage that focuses on your neck, shoulders, and back.

A chair massage can also be a way to introduce you to massage if you’ve never had one before. Chair massage also helps to relieve stress and promote relaxation. This type of massage uses light to medium pressure.

During the massage, you will remain fully clothed and sit in a specially designed chair. You will straddle the chair so that your chest pushes into the back of the chair, allowing the massage therapist to have access to your back.

6. Do I need to shower before my massage?

You don’t need to necessarily shower right before your massage, but we do request that you come to your appointments clean and free of fragranced personal care products.  

7. Should I take off my underwear when I get a massage?

This depends on your comfort level and the type of massage you are going to receive.

For Sport Massages, Chair Massages and Reflexology you may be asked to leave some or all of you clothing on.

For Swedish Massage many people prefer to be completely nude when they receive a massage, while others prefer to keep their undergarments on. 

It is completely up to you, and you are encouraged to undress to your level of comfort.

Tight-fitting or bulky undergarments can sometimes get in the way of the massage, especially if your problem areas are the low-back, buttocks or hips. 

At azaiREJUVE we ensure that clients are always properly covered by a sheet or towel, genitals will never be exposed, and only the specific areas being massaged will be uncovered. 

8. The pressure is not deep enough, but I don’t want to complain.  What should I do?

You are encouraged to openly communicate with the massage therapist about your preferences and comfort.  If anything needs to be adjusted, or if we are almost (but not quite) getting the right spot, just speak up and let us know right away!

However, it is a myth that massage therapy needs to hurt in order to be effective.  Some of the most effective techniques involve very light, gentle touch.  Often, too much pressure can cause muscles to tighten further, and detract from the effectiveness of your treatment.

9. Is it okay to talk to the massage therapist during my massage?

You will experience the greatest benefits from your session if you just allow yourself to become quiet and relaxed which helps your massage therapist focus on providing a great massage.

Definitely communicate with your therapist if you feel any pain or discomfort, if you have any concerns during your massage, or if there is anything your massage therapist can do to make you more comfortable. 

Some types of massage that work on deep layers of muscle and tissue, such as deep tissue or sports massage, will require more feedback to ensure that the pressure is not uncomfortable.

10. I woke up with a cold today. Should I come in?

A massage will likely just make you feel worse.

If you are sick, you may get your therapist sick and pass it on to other clients that day.

Even if you are giving less than a 24 hour notice, we prefer you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling unwell, so let us know as soon as possible.

11. What should I do after I receive a massage?

It is a great idea to give yourself some additional time after your massage to continue relaxing and to allow your body to fully absorb the benefits of massage.  

We leave plenty of time in between appointments so that you never feel hurried and can take your time before you head out the door.

12. What if I fall asleep, snore, or drool during my massage?

This very often happens during a massage and is nothing to be embarrassed about. 

Just take it as a sign you are enjoying the relaxation.

13. Can I blow my nose, itch, or get up and go to the bathroom during a session?

Yes. We don’t want you lying there uncomfortable and preoccupied, so feel free to take care of it.

Our therapists do however encourage all clients to use the bathroom before all sessions.

14. Should I tell my therapist if I have a rash or wart?

Yes, please let your massage therapist know right away.

15. Is it ok to use tobacco, marijuana, or drink alcohol before my massage?

Please refrain from using tobacco, recreational drugs, or alcohol at least 4 hours before your appointment. 

Even some prescription or over the counter medications can contraindicate massage.

16. What if I’ve experienced a trauma (or abuse) that is still triggered by touch? Should I let my massage therapist know?

Yes, please let your massage therapist know if you do not want to be touched in a specific area or in a certain way.

You do not have to give the therapist any details, and you have the right to ask to take a break or end your massage all together at any time, for any reason.

17. If I’m attracted to my massage therapist, can I ask him out?

Our professional ethical code of conduct that requires us to make sure boundaries are clear, and massage therapist-client relationships must be kept professional, or be terminated if things become personal.  

18. What if I get aroused or get an erection during my massage?

Arousal is a natural parasympathetic response, so don’t feel guilty. However, understand that it was not your massage therapist’s intention to arouse you.

Our professional ethical code of conduct that requires us to make sure boundaries are clear.  

If there is a distracting technique or motion (i.e. rocking the prone torso) that aroused you, it is okay to tell your therapist to stop that motion.