Massage FAQ'S

1. What are the proven advantages of massage?

PHYSICALLY, it's been proven that massage...
• helps relieve stress and promotes relaxation
• helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
• fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excess internal scar tissue
• reduces muscle spasms
• provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
• enhances athletic performance
• promotes deeper and easier breathing
• improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
• reduces blood pressure
• helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
• enhances the health and nourishment of skin
• improves posture
• strengthens the immune system

MENTALLY, it's known that massage...
• fosters peace of mind
• promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
• helps relieve mental stress
• improves the ability to recognize stress signals and respond appropriately
• enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
• satisfies need for caring, nurturing touch
• fosters a feeling of well-being
• reduces levels of anxiety
• increases awareness of the mind-body connection
• increases awareness of causes leading to complaints and injuries

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2. What can I do to get the most from my massage session?

Don't hurry to your appointment. Plan plenty of time before and after your massage. While I'm attuned to recognize signals of discomfort, you're the only one who really knows what you're feeling. Please ask for adjustments to body positioning, massage pressure, room temperature, lighting level, music volume, body draping, etc. to make you feel more comfortable. Your guidance is always appreciated, and is very important to the outcome of your session.

A massage session is more than mechanical strokes from the hands of the therapist to the skin of the client. I'm working with focus, mindfulness, care and respect. In turn, you can enhance the results of your treatment by concentrating on the benefaction, care and devotion that are called upon on your behalf.

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3. How do I decide the duration of my massage?

This depends on whether the treatment is therapeutic or for relaxation purposes. If it is therapeutic, the state of the injury will decide the frequency and the length of every session.
If it is for relaxation you may decide the duration and frequency.
30 minuten minutes is a quick first line of defense against developing complaints
• A 60 minute session will give a general feeling of relaxation but will also provide ample time to focus generously on a specific area, e.g. the back and shoulders or the hamstrings and feet. You can even choose to have a 60 minute backrub, which is a popular choice among my clients!
• My 90 minutes deal provides the opportunity to have a total body relaxation - that is, from head to toes - and spend some extra time on a few specific areas, e.g. knots or tied up shoulders. And, between you and me: one hour really flies when you're having a treat!
120 minutes: THE sublime cleansing of mind, body and spirit; rebirth; rediscovery of your brain; a farewell to toxins, anti-oxidants and other physical waste matter; dreams of eternal summers. Clients tend to describe the 2-hour session in various eloquent ways. In fact it is a way to really let the Relaxation-response sink in and stay there for a while because of the body's endocrine hormones that get a chance to make a difference. And who doesn't ache for that feeling of "...massage, massage, oh endless massage...!"

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4. Are there Gift Certificates available?

Yes. Our "Kadobonnen" (please pronounce 'cadoebahnnen') go from 60 minutes up. Massage is a perfect gift for all occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, marital showers, bridal showers, bachelor parties, graduation, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Token of Appreciation or "just because"!

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5. How often should I get a massage?

The benefits of massage are cumulative, if supported by regular maintenance treatments. The greater the demand on the body, the greater the benefit of the treatment. Optimally, "regular maintenance" would consist of weekly sessions or once every two weeks. I offer both 5 and 10 session series packages - 5 and 10TourPasses - at substantial savings (5 and 10 Rittenkaarten) to help make massage a highly available and affordable way to stay healthy.

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6. Does massage hurt?

The "no pain, no gain" mentality is not really appropriate for massage. There's a fine line between therapeutic discomfort when a "knot" is "worked out", and just plain pain when the muscles tense to protect themselves. You know the difference. So you decide how much, if any, discomfort you'll experience for a positive outcome. Working within your comfort zone can achieve great results!

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7. What are "knots"?

Knots are small areas in a muscle that suffers from bad circulation due to bad exercise or work overload. This causes a micro tear to occur which can lead to tough, fibrous scar tissue that keeps the immediate vicinity of the muscle from functioning properly. Only massage, active rest, a special exercise program and ideally a combination of the three, will restore that knot to its former healthy state.

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8. What should I wear? And what should I take off?

You should do whatever feels comfortable to you. For a massage to be most effective it is enough if you leave your underwear on. This allows the therapist to be in direct contact with your skin and makes tissue and muscle manipulation much easier. As a general rule try to wear clothing that you feel comfortable in, disrobing and getting dressed. You will be covered by a "basketball-player size towel" at all times, ensuring privacy. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and we will customize your session to make sure that happens. Do you tend to have cold toes and cold feet? There's a solution to that too!

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9. What if I have to cancel?

I value my clients and their needs and would like to help everybody as quick as possible. If you have to cancel your appointment, unless there is an emergency, I request that you cancel at least 24 hours in advance to avoid having to pay the fee which stood for that appointment. E-mail and sms will not be accepted, please call by telephone or leave a voicemail message.

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