What can I expect in my first therapy session?
Ruth really likes to know what you are hoping to achieve from the massage so she will spend a few minutes before the massage talking with you so that together you can make the session what you want.
What benefits can I expect from massage?
There are so many! Relaxation, improved sleep and improved sports performance. Massage can keep headaches at bay and relieve the symptoms of many medical problems. Massage improves circulation and cell nutrition, and even helps in any detoxification program. At a minimum the condition of your muscles will be improved.
I have a medical condition that I think could mean I can't have a massage. What should I do?
Ruth is trained to understand what medical conditions can be negatively impacted by massage. Call her knowing that whatever information you give is discussed in confidence. Rest assured that almost everybody can safely receive a massage.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Ruth does not accept insurance but she can provide you with receipts for services if you think you can claim the service back on your insurance program.
Is therapy confidential?
I have never had a massage before and I am nervous about getting naked in front of a stranger.
At no time are you fully visible to the massage therapist or anyone else. You undress in private and place yourself under the linens to cover yourself. Ruth massages you one body part at a time. If it makes you feel more comfortable wear your underwear.
I am pregnant. Is it safe for me to get a massage?
In general massage is not recommended for women in their first trimester unless they have the permission of their doctor. After that Ruth recommends massage to help the mother adapt to the many physical changes that take place in the mother's body. Ruth has received specialized training in working with pregnant women as well as a lot of experience. Call Ruth if you have any concerns, particularly if you have been experiencing any difficulties during your pregnancy.
I am seeing a chiropractor and an acupuncturist to take care of some issues. Does that prevent me from getting a massage?
On the contrary. Massage combines particularly well with chiropractic treatment because it supports the work by helping the muscles adapt to the changes of your bone structure, actually making the work of the chiropractor more effective. Usually massage enhances all treatments traditional or alternative. If you have a particular condition that you are concerned about, let Ruth know or speak to your chiropractor or acupuncturist.