Answers to Common Massage FAQs
What type of massage therapy do you practice?
Most clients come to our practice for relief from pain, physical restriction or sports enhancement and recovery. The techniques we use support the idea that our muscles, bones and connective tissue are a brilliant system of pulleys and levers that can be treated for restriction and put back into balance. Typically, sessions may include combinations of myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, and clinical deep tissue massage. Although we approach massage as treatment rather than simply relaxation, our clients are often relaxed after their massages because they simply feel so much better! Whenever possible, we will suggest how you can best care for yourself between sessions to bolster the massage work we do. Giving clients simple and effective self-care program is essential for achieving optimal results. Our ultimate goal is to help you feel better as quickly as possible.
What can I expect during my first visit?
Your first visit to Pennington Massage begins with filling out a brief, confidential health history form. We will then discuss your particular needs and goals. Next, you will be given complete privacy to disrobe to your level of comfort and get settled onto the treatment table under the sheet. Please let us know if you are uncomfortable with any part of your treatment such as pressure or resting positions as there are usually other options available. Although we are not a spa with scented oils and low lighting, we do want you to be comfortable. Please let us know if you feel too cold or too warm, need water or a restroom break.
Generally speaking, your first visit will involve more time for correctly identifying the source of your pain and for developing an individual plan to guide the focus of your therapy than subsequent sessions. By doing this, we can focus on the areas that need work without wasting time on areas that don’t require therapeutic attention.
Can I talk during the treatment?
We encourage you to talk with us ~ please communicate your needs, concerns and questions that may come to mind during your massage treatment session.
Massage therapy can be an emotional and thought-provoking experience. Conversations about all manner of topics, ranging from casual to philosophical, often crop up during sessions. Your session is about you, and as such, it should be inspiring and comfortable. If a conversation becomes at all distracting or tiresome, just let us know. You can’t hurt our feelings.
What should I wear during my treatment?
Please wear loose-fitting clothing to your appointment if possible. Generally disrobing is required, in which case you can choose to wear no clothing at all or to leave undergarments on (you will always be covered with a sheet) and the only area uncovered is the area being worked on. On occasion, we might make suggestions about what would work best with the modalities that we plan to use (shorts, sports bra, etc.). Remember that you always have the final say as to what feels right for you. Your comfort is our greatest concern.
Will the treatment hurt?
It should first be said that a healthy body doesn’t hurt when touched. If pressure is applied to muscles and tenderness is felt, this is an indication that therapeutic attention is needed. People sometimes describe the pressure that we use as “more manageable” than other massage therapists ” or “the good hurt.” Too much pressure can be counterproductive as your body will resist and elicit a protective response. In all cases, you are in charge of the amount of pressure used. We can easily adjust the pressure at your request. Sometimes, a day or so after a therapeutic massage, you will feel some minor soreness similar to how you feel after a good workout. Drinking plenty of water after the massage can help reduce post-massage soreness. Having a warm bath with 2 cups of Epson salts after your massage (if possible) is also beneficial. Drinking water is very, very important.
How long will it take me to feel better?
Feeling “better” is usually easy to achieve. Most people feel better after just one or two sessions. The real goal, however, is to feel great and to fully resolve the issues that keep you in pain. Serious injuries or long-standing pain patterns may benefit from a series of sessions. Each session should result in more progress as the tissues become healthier.
Will insurance pay for my treatment?
At this time, we do not accept health/medical insurance due to the inconsistency of coverage for massage therapy. Healthcare is rapidly changing, however. Many insurance companies now include medical massage as a covered benefit. Additionally, many insurance policies offer special provisions, discounts or add-on coverage for massage and other complimentary treatments. We encourage clients to check with their health insurance provider to see if any benefits for massage therapy are available. If your health/medical insurance does cover massage therapy in an independent establishment (not under the supervision of a chiropractor or physical therapist), a detailed receipt can be provided by Pennington Massage Clinic for you to submit as a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement.
The reality is that, when compared to the cumulative costs of copays, deductibles, insurance premiums and prescriptions for conventional “solutions”, the out-of -pocket costs for most alternative care treatments like massage therapy are considerably less expensive and often much more effective!
For therapeutic massage we charge $80 an hour. For lymphedema therapy we charge $100/hr. Receiving bodywork at regular intervals is truly an investment in your health and well-being. Consider massage therapy sessions a necessary part of your personal healthcare plan.
Will I need to tip?
No tipping is necessary. Pennington Massage is a professional massage therapy clinic offering high quality treatment at a reasonable rate. There are no additional costs or fees associated with our services and gratuities are not required or expected. The best tip you can give us is the favor of your business and the referral of your friends and family!
How soon can I get an appointment?
Same-day appointments may be possible. Occasionally, an opening will become available from a last-minute cancellation. As possible, book your appointment(s) ahead so that you’re not competing with others for an open time slot. We maintain a wait list to fill last-minute vacancies as they come up. Be sure to let us know if you would like to be placed on the wait list. Call us at 503-244-4427 or use our Contact form to send an email to our office. We will always respond as quickly as possible.
If you have other massage FAQs not mentioned on this page, please give us a call. We will be glad to answer any and all massage FAQs in person and/or by phone.
Payment to Pennington Massage Clinic can be made with Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.
What are your rates?
For massage we charge $80 an hour. Receiving bodywork at regular intervals is truly an investment in your health and well-being. Consider massage therapy sessions a necessary part of your personal healthcare plan. Read more...
How long will it take me to feel better?
Feeling “better” is usually easy to achieve. Most people feel better after just one or two sessions. Read more...
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