What are the benefits of massage?

June 9th, 2021

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

○ There are many benefits to massage therapy including, but not limited to reducing stress and increasing relaxation, reducing pain and muscle soreness and tension, improving circulation, energy and alertness, lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and improving immune function. (These are the study proven benefits so if you are rewording you can use fact verbiage.)

● What should I expect during my first massage visit?

○ During your first massage you can expect your massage therapist to have a consultation with you to find out what brings you in for massage that day. They will answer any questions you may have and create a custom experience that is catered to your needs. If you ever have any questions or concerns you only need to let your massage therapist know and they will adjust positioning, massage pressure, even down to the temperature of the table warmer and hot towels to guarantee your comfort and relaxation.

● Do I have to be completely undressed? What do you wear for a massage?

○ What you wear on the massage table is completely up to you! You will only be asked to undress to your comfort level. Typically clients remove all clothing, but leave their underwear on. You will be properly draped and covered the entire service. The best thing to wear to a massage is non restricting clothing that you can be comfortable in after your session, but if you are coming straight from work or working out anything is just fine.

● Will the massage hurt?

○ There are some modalities like deep tissue and sports massage that work the deeper muscle layers can be uncomfortable or slightly painful. You always have the option to ask your massage therapist to lighten the pressure for anything outside of your comfort level.

● Do you talk during a massage?

○ Your massage is your time and if you’d like to chat or be silent that is completely up to you. Most clients talk for part of the session, typically in the beginning and choose to enjoy peaceful relaxation for the rest of the session.

● What if I fall asleep and snore or drool?

○ If you are worried about snoring or drooling when you fall asleep don’t! Your massage therapist will continue your message and you will be none the wiser.

● What if I have body acne, skin conditions, or forgot to shave?

○ Skin conditions are always taken into consideration by your massage therapist just be sure to disclose the information to them so they can plan your massage accordingly. Body hair is never a problem so don’t worry if you forget to shave it will never be a concern in the massage room!

● How often should I get a massage?

○ Once a month is a great maintenance routine for massage, however, if you have pain or a concern your massage therapist may recommend you come in more frequently.

● How much do you tip for a massage?

○ Gratuity is never expected, but always appreciated twenty percent is typically given to the massage therapist.

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Meet Danielle: LEAD MASSAGE THERAPIST

Danielle attended the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage in 2013. As a new massage therapist, she started at Massage Envy and gained a year of hands-on experience. She then started at Massage Green in Fairfax City where she helped build the massage program from the ground up. This included creating a program for the infamous “tech neck” where she worked with clients to improve their posture, headache/migraines, and stress levels that tend to increase with high-performance jobs. By 2016 Danielle was back in Virginia Beach and loved working in the relaxing environment of a resort spa for five years while teaching massage at the Advanced Fuller School of Massage. She is excited to join the Thrive team while continuing to educate clients and future massage therapists at Fuller.

Danielle has completed over 80 hours of continuing education classes on a variety of modalities including deep tissue, pre and post sports, neuromuscular, myofascial, reflexology, aromatherapy, hot and cold stones, pre and postnatal, infant massage and reflexology, hydrotherapy, a wide variety of healing body treatments, and cupping.