Q. What kind of people need massage?
A. Every kind of people! Business people, athletes, teenagers and seniors,
pregnant women and construction workers….virtually anyone who does not
have a medical problem that would preclude massage!
Q. When would it not be a good idea to get a massage?
A. If you have some circulatory ailments such as phlebitis or thrombosis, a
high fever, some types of cancer or some cardiac problems, or if you have
inflamed or infected injuries, areas of recent tissue damage or hemorrhage,
recent fractures or sprains, massage is not recommended. Consult with your
massage practitioner if you feel you have a condition that concerns you and
he/she will decide if you should consult your physician before beginning
Q. If massage is considered so beneficial, why isn’t it used by the traditional
medical profession?
A. The United States is one of the only
countries in the world where massage is not an official part of the health
care system. As an example, in European countries, every major hospital has
a massage therapy department.

Q. How do I know if a massage practitioner is reputable?
A. Professional massage practitioners adhere to a strong code of ethics and
represent the highest standards of professionalism. When considering a
massage professional, ask him or her how long they have been in practice,
what certification and schooling they have had and what references they can
provide. Ask what procedures they offer, and do not be shy about demanding
explanation of those procedures if you are not familiar with their
terminology. It is a good idea to go see the massage office and meet
personally with the practitioner. Your intuition is usually your best guide for
"personality fit."
Q. Why is massage so often thought of as a sexual service?
A. America is also one of the only countries in the world where massage is
sometimes another word for paid sexual activity. Massage therapy has no
connection or relation to sexual activity.

Q. What happens when you go for your first massage?
A. At your first appointment, you will most likely be asked if you have any
specific complaints, why you came, and about your current physical condition
and stress level. You may be asked to give a brief medical history. You will
undress alone in the massage room and lie face down on a padded massage
table with a sheet or towel draped over you. Only the part of your body that
is being massaged will be exposed, and your modesty will be respected. The
environment should be very relaxed. The massage practitioner will then
systematically massage the entire body, or specific areas of pain or
tightness, as discussed before or during the session.
Q. If I get a massage because of specific pain or injury caused by a medical
condition will my insurance pay for it?
A. If your physician prescribes it, insurance will sometimes pay for it, but
this depends totally on your insurance company and medical provider. Your
massage practitioner should be able to discuss his/her particular side of
the reimbursement issue.