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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)



What should I expect at my first appointment?


You should arrive 15 minutes early, to fill out a Health History form. You will then speak with the therapist regarding your health history form. Your massage therapist will then leave the room while you undress and allow you to relax onto the table, covering yourself with the sheet and blanket.

What is massage like?

Massage releases chronic tension and pain in muscles, improves circulation, increases flexibility in the joints and reduces mental and physical fatigue. In addition, massage is one of the most effective means available to combat stress. But the question most people want answered before trying this enjoyable and healthful experience is, “What is a massage like?”

Your massage will be given by a massage therapist with many hours of training, often in several types of massage. In addition, massage therapists have a basic competence in anatomy and physiology and knowledge of when massage is and is not appropriate.

Swedish massage is what many people think of when massage is mentioned. It uses long light strokes, deep kneading, small friction-type motions, light tapping, and movement of the joints. The list of other specialized techniques is long.

What should I do in a massage?

Make yourself comfortable. Change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a massage. Others prefer to talk. You doing whatever feels natural to you, is certainly the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions about what the therapist is doing. Deep natural breaths can actually help you relax.

 Will massage ever hurt?

Massage on healthy tissue feels good and should not hurt. Always tell your massage therapist if you feel any discomfort so they can adjust to a more appropriate level.

Today, massage has become more accepted as a holistic means for healthy people to relieve emotional stress, to relax and to enjoy the universal human need for touch. A massage usually last an hour. This is enough time for a deeply relaxing full body massage, or more in-depth work on a particular area, for instance back, neck and shoulders.

A half-hour can be an excellent introduction to massage, with plenty of time for a partial massage. One and a half hours is enough time for a full body massage along with special attention to a problem area. 
 
What do I do after the massage?

When your massage is finished, your massage therapist will leave the room while you dress. Keep in mind that massage can be profoundly relaxing, and it affects all of your body's systems.

After the massage, most people feel very relaxed. You should experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up from months of tension or repetitive activity in your daily life. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days. 
 
Is massage covered by Insurance?

Personal injury protection, primarily car insurance, will sometimes cover massage to help with recovery from an accident. With a doctor’s prescription, workers’ compensation plans may also cover massage for on-the-job injuries. Check your current coverage and see if massage is covered.

How can I enhance my visit?

·         New or first-time clients should arrive 10 min. early to fill out our online health history form.

·         Your appointment time is reserved for you. Arriving late will deprive you of your treatment time. We regret we will not delay the next guest’s scheduled appointment.

·         We do ask for a 24 hour advance notice when canceling an appointment. After two missed appointments without cancellation, we will ask for a credit card to hold your appointment.

·         We do require a credit card to hold appointment times when two or more services are being booked.

·         “In Touch” is an adult environment of relaxation & tranquility. Please respect all of our guests’ right to privacy and quietude by turning off pagers and cellular phones when you enter the center.

·         Also please arrange to leave any children not receiving services at another location.

·         Please speak softly while in and out of the rooms to allow for a more stress-free environment for yourself and other guests.

·         To guarantee availability on your next visit, we encourage that you book before leaving.

·         We are interested in your feedback as to how we are doing. Please let us know how we can serve you better.

·         Prices and packages are subject to change without notice.

·         Robes and slippers are provided for all our spa services.

·         We offer Gift Certificates for all your gift giving needs.
 
How can Massage help you?


Stress - Massage is one of the best known antidotes for stress. Stress is a part of life; it stimulates learning and personal growth, and is a natural part of any important accomplishment. Therapeutic massage is a remarkable tool for helping you cope with stress. The short terms, a deeply relaxing massage can give you a welcome break and help you feel better both physically and mentally. Over time, you can use massage to help you develop healthy and productive responses to the stressful challenges in your daily life.

Painful or tight muscles - Massage can relieve many types of muscle tightness, from a short-term muscle cramp to a habitually clenched jaw or tight shoulders.

Delayed muscle soreness - Massage flushes muscles of built-up waste products that can make you sore after vigorous exercise.

Pain or tingling in arms or legs - Muscles can become so contracted that they press on nerves to the arms, hands and legs. If this happens, a massage to release muscle spasms in the shoulder or hip can bring relief.

Injuries - Massage can help heal injuries such as tendonitis that develop over time. Massage reduces inflammation by increasing circulation, which removes waste products and brings nutrition to injured cells. Certain massage techniques can limit scar formation in new injuries and can reduce, or make more pliable, scar tissue around old injuries.

Secondary pain - Secondary pain can outlast its original cause, such as headaches from eyestrain, a lower back ache during pregnancy, or protective tensing of healthy muscle around an injury

Prevention of new injuries - Massage can help prevent injuries that might be caused by stressing unbalanced muscle groups, or by favoring or forcing a painful, restricted area

Pain or restriction in joints - Besides releasing tight muscles that restrict joint movement, massage works directly on your joints to improve circulation, stimulate production of natural lubrication and relieve pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Posture - Massage releases restrictions in muscles, joints, and the muscles’ tough connective tissue coverings, freeing your body to return to a more natural posture. Massage can also relieve the contracted muscles and pain caused by abnormal spinal curvatures such as scoliosis.

The effects of forced inactivity - There are many reasons you may be forced to limit physical activities. Massage can relieve your aches and pains and improve circulation to your skin and muscles.

Fluid retention - Massage increases your circulation, which in turn drains tissues of excess fluid caused by recent injury, surgery, or pregnancy. 

What is Chinese Contemporary Cupping? 

It is the use of many different types of cups that are placed on the body and the suction that is created causes a negative pressure to lift the tissues to bring about better blood flow, pulls toxins and cellular waste up and work it to the lymph sites for clearing it out of the body.

Cupping can cause some discomfort when the Myofascia is being released but most guest say that at completion or the following days after the session they have no pain like what a tradition massage can do.

Cupping can improve range of motion and break up pain patterns and bring longer and lasting results.
 
Are there times when one should not have Chinese Cupping?

Cupping is contraindicated for broken bones, dislocations, hernias, slipped discs, organ failure, and those undergoing cancer therapies

Cupping is contraindicated for areas of skin that is sunburned, ruptured, ulcerated or inflamed, in cases of very high fever or convulsion, or easy bleeding.

For pregnant clients: unless you have been receiving ongoing Cupping prior to your pregnancy, please wait until the 2nd trimester

Cupping is contraindicated for those with liver or kidney functional illness, Cardiomyopathy, 3D Varicosities or over recent surgical incisions.

Special care needs to be taken with people on blood thinners, hemophiliacs, those with high or low blood pressure or diabetics.

Persons with low blood pressure need to rest before rising from the table.

Those with computer implants like a pacemaker or insulin monitor are contraindicated for magnetic cupping.  Also those with ferrous metal joints and bone replacements or plates, these areas need to be avoided.
 
What should I do during & after having a Cupping Session?   

Avoid excessive heat, chill, draft or exercise for 4-6 hours post treatment.

During your cupping treatment, if you begin to feel faint, dizzy, nauseated, experience a cold feeling in the limbs, break out in a cold sweat or suffer difficulty breathing inform us IMMEDIATELY!

Some people do have some discoloration due to a cupping treatment.  These discoloration are NOT bruises, this is simply stagnant blood and toxins from the surrounding tissues.  These marks will last anywhere from a couple of hours up to a couple of weeks depending on how dark the discoloration is.

You will also want to avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, dairy, and processed meats and should consume an abundance of good clean water.
 
Will Cupping leave marks on me?

If the therapist keeps the cups moving there is less marks left on the body.    But if the therapist feels it is necessary to leave the magnetic cups on for a longer period of time, you may and may not have marks left.  

The marks that are left on the body is not from broken blood vessels but from toxins and cellular waste that is brought to the surface. 

After having cupping you will realize that marks left can all look different in coloring, shape and it is all dependent on what is going on in your individual body.    

The marks left will not turn black and blue like a bruise would, but rather fade in color each day as the body works through the released matter.     

Cupping marks don't hurt but can look rather alarming to someone that is unaware of cupping and the benefits that can be obtained from their use.

 By far, our clients tell us that the cupping marks are a very small price to pay for the benefits they enjoy from the release that cupping brings in their fascia (connective tissue).

Of course, we don't advise a cupping session if you are heading to the beach!!  But remember the rich and famous are proud of their cupping marks and float them in the tabloids!
 
Did you know that......?

* 90% of primary care visits are stress related for complaints such as headaches, backaches, neck pain, etc.?

* Massage has amazing effects on your body's nervous system.

* The Therapists at "In Touch" treat clients that have been involved in motor vehicle accidents?

 With a referral from your primary care physician or chiropractor, they will treat you and file the appropriate claim to your Insurance Agency.
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