Frequently Asked Questions

Your First Massage

People often wonder what will happen after they've made an appointment and arrive at our office.

First, you will be met by one of our certified massage therapists and asked to fill out a basic medical history form. This form is kept confidential and allows us to tailor a massage to your special needs.

A private room is reserved for your massage. Be assured that at all times during your sessions, your body will remain covered except for the part being massaged. We respect your comfort level. Some people prefer to leave their undergarments on, some remove them and others prefer using a gown. Some people remain clothed or wear a bathing suit. We are able to work around or through clothing. Our primary concern is that you are comfortable.

A common thought regarding massage is "It's just my neck (or other body part), that's bothering me. Do I have to receive a full body treatment?" The answer is no, you can ask the therapist to focus on one or more specific areas for the scheduled time. We can easily tailor your session to focus on a special concern; that's why we gather a history. Sessions differ from client to client. Feel confident that your therapist is an experienced professional capable of helping you relax. By telling us which areas of your body feel sore or painful, you help us to focus on gently releasing those particular muscle groups. Deep, slow breathing will also help to relax tight muscles as well as reduce stress. We value feedback - so feel free to tell us what you like and especially what you don't like.

You will most likely notice changes by the end of your first session. These may include greater ease of movement, pain relief, lowered blood pressure, improved circulation and an enhanced sense of well-being.

Relax and enjoy your massage!

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What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is a healing art that has been used for over 4,000 years. Most massage systematically uses the hands to manipulate the body's soft tissues. Well known techniques offered at Standley Lake Massage Therapy include Integrative, Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Polarity and Neuromuscular Therapy.

Each therapist at Standley Lake Massage Therapy has a unique personal style and technique of massage. Please experience our different offerings to determine what feels best to you. You are always the best judge.

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What are the effects of massage on the body?

Massage increases circulation and decreases soreness. If muscles are sore from injury or overuse, kneading the tissue will press out lactic acid and reduce pain. Massage can increase flexibility by gently moving and releasing muscles and joints. It can also loosen scar tissue and balance posture after an injury.

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What are the effects of massage on the mind?

Massage can be a "mini-vacation" from the stress of everyday life. Receiving regular treatments increases body awareness, enhances well-being, increases breathing capacity, all of which contribute to your ability to respond to stress.

Touch is essential from the moment we are born until the moment we die. Because of this, massage is an emotionally powerful self-care tool. Having a caring professional "listen" to your body with his or her hands is a deeply soothing experience.

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