Frequently asked questions

What Are Some of the Potential Health Benefits of Massage?

Improves posture, relaxation, circulation, joint flexibility Promotes deeper/easier breathing, immune functions Reduces blood pressure, pain, spasm, tension headaches, stress, swelling, scar tissue formation Massage and/or Myofascial Release, when applied by a professionally trained massage therapist, may reduce the severity of injuries, reduce recovery time, and, when used regularly, actually decreases the likelihood of injury. Massage therapy and Myofascial Release does not replace the need for medical attention in the case of injury or illness.

Can anyone receive massage therapy?

Yes, massage therapy is appropriate for individuals of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly; however, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate.  A qualified Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) is trained to recognize these cases. 

Many Massage Therapists treat a variety of diseases and disorders while other Massage Therapists concentrate on certain conditions (fibromyalgia) or groups of people such as athletes, performers, women during pregnancy (including labour and delivery), infants and children.  When booking your first consultation, be sure that the Massage Therapist is the right choice for you.

Will I have to talk during my session?

No... Other than for determining the safety and course of your session your therapist may "check in" from time to time on pressure or your comfort or to ask for more information about your body. Some clients enjoy chatting during their massage. Your therapist will do her best to keep conversation at whatever level you choose. You may be silent or talk the entire session. If at any time you would like more or less conversation, just let the therapist know.

What should I expect at my first in-home massage?

While you complete a short health information form, your therapist will set up a massage table, supplies and relaxing music. You will be asked what results you are looking for, such as relaxation, pain relief, etc, and you and the therapist will design a massage to fit your needs. Your therapist will leave the room to wash up while you undress to your comfort level and lie on the massage table between a fresh set of linens. All areas will be covered except the area being worked on. Private areas are never exposed. You may ask any questions at any time during your massage. If at any time you desire lighter/deeper pressure, more/less focus on any area, or wish to end the session, please let your therapist know. When your massage is over the therapist will leave the room to wash up while you dress. When you are ready, equipment will be packed. Please allow an additional 30 to 45 minutes for your session for dressing, set-up and packing for house calls. If there is more than one session, allow about another 15 to 20 minutes between each session in your schedule.

Do I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy?

No.  Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Licensed Massage Therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage Therapists can provide important treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing.  All LMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment.  Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment. Licensed Massage Therapists will also describe the treatments to be provided to ensure that you are comfortable with them.  Your consent is sought before treatment is provided.  If you are uncomfortable, your LMT wants you to let them know immediately, whether that discomfort involves the treatment, draping or any pain you may experience. Be sure and discuss the most effective means of treatment with your Massage Therapist.

How Often Should I Schedule?

Although a single session will be enjoyable, many of the effects are cumulative and a course of treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular sessions can help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and its resulting structural weaknesses. How often you schedule is a personal decision. If time and money were no object, how often would you like to receive a session? At Guided Hands Mobile Massage, we recommend you weigh the benefits of your sessions and set a schedule that fits both your time and financial budgets.

Guided Hands Mobile Massage does not discriminate against any person on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, disability, body type, race, color, or other non-medically relevant factors.