Massage Therapy FAQs

What are some benefits of therapeutic massage?

Massage has been found to be effective in treatment of a number of health concerns, such as: relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, relieving upper and lower back pain, aiding in recovery from injury, supporting post-surgical rehabilitation, relieving stress and pain associated with pregnancy, both pre- and post-natal.

What can I expect during my first massage?

Your massage therapist’s only goal is to ensure that your visit is comfortable and meets your needs. Before your massage starts, she or he will talk to you about your medical history and your goals for massage. You will be given a few minutes privately to undress in the massage room. What clothing you choose to remove or leave on is solely up to you. Throughout the session you will be “draped” or covered by a sheet or a blanket. This cover will be moved only to provide the therapist with access to your leg, arm or back for treatment. Depending on the type of appointment you scheduled, your massage will generally last about one hour, unless you have arranged for a massage of a different duration. After the massage, you will be given a few minutes privately to dress again. But don’t rush off! You are invited to enjoy a glass of water or cup of tea in the Serenity Room.

What information do I need to share with my practitioner?

Advise your massage therapist of any medical conditions or pregnancy so she can offer appropriate treatment. Be sure to speak up and let your practitioner know if the pressure is not adequate or too firm. Express your likes and dislikes and feel free to ask questions.

What do I wear during the massage?

It is important that you are comfortable before, during and following your treatment. Therefore, we recommend that you wear clothing that makes you feel good. While there are a few treatments during which you will remain clothed, such as shiatsu and Thai Massage, other forms of massage traditionally require that the client is undressed to the extent that is comfortable for the client. Some clients will opt to keep underclothes and other items on while other clients will opt to remove more or all of their clothes. Again, the only “rule” is that the client remains comfortable. Know that as a massage client, you will always be properly draped with sheets during your massage, exposing only the body part that the therapist is working on. Practitioners will always respect boundaries.

How often should I schedule massage appointments?

This is a very individual issue and depends on your own wellness goals. If you are dealing with acute pain or injury, you may find more frequent appointments helpful. In other instances less frequent, regular appointments may work well. Massage can also be something you do less frequently. Whatever works well for you is fine. Talk with your therapist to help determine what schedule of massage is best for you.

Should I tip my therapist?

It is fairly standard practice to tip your massage therapist, although it is not required. The gratuity is usually about 15-20% of the fee for the service. At Blue Heron Wellness, we ask that you plan to leave the tip in cash.

How do I make an appointment for a massage?

Schedule your appointment by calling the office at 301-754-3730 as far in advance as you can. You can schedule a 1/2 hour, one hour, or 1 1/2 hour massage. You may either request a particular practitioner or ask for a time slot that is convenient. Arrive about 15 minutes before your appointment, especially before the first appointment, to allow time to check in and change. Late arrivals normally do not receive an extension of time.