1. Why should I get a massage?
Stress relief, anxiety and depression reduction, and temporarily alleviating muscle soreness due to exercise are some of the reasons why you should get a massage. Whether you are training for the marathon, stressed from work, or not getting enough sleep, a massage can help alleviate some of the symptoms.
2. How often should I get a massage?
As often as you like! Once a month, twice a month, once a week—up to you.
3. What modalities do you use? Which ones are best for me?
I use a combination of different modalities, such as Swedish, sustained compressions, lomilomi, and other hands-on work. It would depend on your condition and your reaction to touch. Some clients respond better to deeper pressure; others feel better with lighter touch or somewhere in between. Rather than focusing on any modality, I use whatever is necessary—within my scope of practice for your specific condition. No cookie-cutter massage here.
I wrote an article on my philosophy of my work, based on the operator and interactor concept from manual therapy. This is a client-based practice (focus on the clients’ issues) rather than a “modality-based practice” (focus on my method and beliefs). This is analogous to a physician who understands the disease more than the drug or procedure that is supposed to treat the disease.
4. May I transfer my massage sessions to a friend or family member?
No, the sessions are not transferable. However, there are extreme circumstances where we may allow session transfers, such as extreme illness or injury or if you are moving to another state or city.
5. Does massage therapy increase my circulation or remove lactic acid or “toxins?”
On circulation: no, not really. Current scientific evidence since the 1990s have shown that there is a lack of significant increase of circulation after a (Swedish) massage.
The only way to increase your blood circulation significantly is to increase your heart rate, which in turn increases your respiration rate. If you think about this, some people feel more relaxed or fall asleep during a massage, and it is highly unlikely that their heart rate would match that of a runner or weight-lifter. In fact, my circulation and heart rate would most likely be higher than yours because I’m doing the work and moving around the table!
If you want to improve your circulation, exercise or just get up and move around. (It’s far cheaper than getting a massage.)
As for removing lactic acid or “toxins” from your muscles or other tissues, there is no scientific evidence that demonstrates so.
This FAQ will change and be edited as the practice and science evolves.