Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2021-02-19T18:58:06-08:00
Should I feel soreness or pain during or after a massage?2021-02-19T17:52:02-08:00

If you feel pain please communicate to your therapist, it should not hurt you. You may experience soreness after a massage. 

Do I tip my massage therapist?2021-02-19T17:51:33-08:00

This is up to you and if it gives you joy to do so, do it. 

Do you secure valuables during a session?2021-02-19T17:51:13-08:00

All belongings will remain in the treatment room your sessions are conducted in. 

What if I need to cancel or change an appointment?2021-02-19T17:50:50-08:00

We have a 24 hour cancellation policy, if you need to cancel or change your appointment please do so 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.

Do I need to do anything before coming in for a massage?2021-02-19T17:50:12-08:00

Be hydrated, rinse off-environmental pollutants, perspiration, chlorine and give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed will better your massage experience.

I’ve never had a massage before, should I start with a shorter time?2021-02-19T17:49:47-08:00

It depends, it could be a good place to start if you are experiencing high levels of pain and unable to tolerate the too much stimuli.

What’s the difference between 30 minute, 60, 90 and 120 minutes massage therapy sessions?2021-02-19T17:49:14-08:00

More time typically is allotted for more extensive, in depth treatments. Shorter treatments may be targeted to specific areas and all an individual may be able to handle. These options also may be to meet the restraints of time/money one has to utilize for treatments.

Will I receive pain relief after 1 massage therapy session?2021-02-19T17:48:40-08:00

Most often do, this also depends on how long the issue has been going on, what the pain relates to (injury, repetitive motion, surgery, headaches, etc)

How often should I get a message?2021-02-19T17:47:58-08:00

Once a month is generally a good maintenance plan. Depending on your goals and how quickly you are able to achieve them varies from 1-2 x wk initially, gradually increasing time between sessions reducing frequency to wkly then every other week to once a month.

When should I NOT get a massage?2021-02-19T17:47:10-08:00

Fever, contagious diseases (cold, flu no matter how mild), under the influence of drugs/alcohol including pain medication that alter your pain receptors, recent operations or acute injuries, neuritis, skin disease.

When is a good time to get a massage?2021-02-19T17:46:42-08:00

This depends on the type of massage and what your goals are. If you are looking to relieve muscle soreness and tension, then later in the afternoon may be better and if you are looking for more of an energetic massage, receiving in the morning may be a better option. Pre-workout to warm up the muscles, should be light strokes not deep tissue which could cause muscle soreness and tightness. Post workout helps speed muscle recovery.

What is cupping?2021-02-19T17:45:51-08:00

The application of suction to the body also known as negative pressure myofascial release causes contracted congested muscle tissue to release within minutes of placement.

Does cupping hurt?2021-02-19T17:45:20-08:00

No, when applied correctly it should not hurt.

Does massage therapy hurt?2021-02-19T17:35:39-08:00

Massage itself should not hurt. It is not the intention of the therapist to cause pain. There may be some discomfort if there is already tension, stiffness or prior injury. Please communicate with your therapist your levels of pain or discomfort to be sure you are able to tolerate pressure, position, need to reduce intensity or change approach.

Will I be covered during the session?2021-02-25T16:48:08-08:00

Yes, we practice proper draping techniques and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket during a massage session.

Do I get fully undressed during a massage therapy treatment?2021-02-25T16:47:32-08:00

This depends on what type of treatment you are receiving.

You may disrobe to your comfort level, you can be fully clothed if you like which is preferable during a thai yoga session or Reiki.

What should I wear to a massage therapy treatment?2021-02-19T17:34:03-08:00

For sports or stretch sessions please have comfortable clothing that allows for movement.

Full body massage that requires oils or lotions we request you remove the articles of clothing that relate to your treatment, we practice draping so the untreated areas are covered.

What should I expect during my first massage visit?2021-02-19T17:33:14-08:00

To fill out new intake forms if you have not done so online and discuss any concerns you may have as well as answer any questions you may have if this is your first massage ever, the session will be explained to you, so plan to be 10 to 15 minutes early.

Do I need a doctor’s referral for massage therapy?2021-02-25T16:46:27-08:00

YES, if we are submitting claims to bill your health insurance, Labor and Industry or motor vehicle insurance provider we need a referral stating a diagnosis. 

NO, if you are cash pay.

Do you treat people dealing with chronic pain?2021-02-25T16:45:25-08:00

Yes, utilizing various techniques like cupping, myofascial release, trigger point, acupressure or active isolated stretching allows for customizing a treatment to each client for best approach.

How soon will I see results from massage therapy?2021-02-25T16:44:55-08:00

This depends on the health, fitness level of the individual, severity and how receptive you are to body work.

You can experience results immediately or within 2 to 3 sessions notice significant pain reduction and increased range of motion.

What types of services does Equilibrium Massage Therapy provide?2021-02-19T17:30:59-08:00

Swedish Massage, Deep tissue Massage, Trigger point Massage, Stretching, Sports Massage, aromatherapy, hot stone Massage, reflexology, prenatal Massage, cupping, reiki