Massage Therapy, Frequently Asked Questions...
How long will my appointment take and will I receive a full 60/75/90 min of of massage?
We always schedule enough time to complete an intake assessment and follow up about how you feel at the completion of your session. Your intake will include questions and answers pertaining to how the massage session will go, your level of pain, what problem areas your looking to focus on and a general idea of what can be done in the time allotted for your session. Your first intake will take approximately 15 minutes and each session after that you can expect a 5 minute intake. After your massage is completed, we will assess your pain level, offer stretches to complete on your own time, offer water, recommend a comprehensive plan moving forward and then encourage you to reschedule, if thats what you are looking to do. We will then take payment. The exiting will take 5 minutes unless you prepay online prior to your appointment. Depending on how long that takes and unless you are late for your appointment, we will have to end when the session is up to honor the time set aside for cleaning and sanitization prior to our next scheduled client.
With this Covid-19 scare can I still receive Massage? If so what are you doing in studio to protect your clients?
Due to Covid 19 we are on limited scheduling hours. We are requesting each client pre book appointments online. All clients must fill out our Covid 19 Pre-Screening form and all intake forms (including HIPPA) prior to your visit, which will be sent to you via email. If this is not done, you will be turned away and your appointment will be automatically be rescheduled. Upon arrival we are requiring you to wait for your therapist in your car. Your therapist will come out to the parking lot and guide you in through our side entrance, instead of having you wait in our lobby area to minimize the number of people passing in and out of the building. Our separate side entry is closer to our suites and is locked so that only studio/building personnel can gain access to it. This will ensure that contact exposure guidelines and prescreening requirements are set in place. We will be taking your temperature before entry and all clients are required to wear a face covering until we begin your massage. It is recommended that each client booking massage has a referral however it is NOT mandatory. We believe that all massage is necessary for everything from pain management to mental wellness and stress relief. We recognize that a large number of community members do not take prescription medications and instead rely on holistic wellness practices as a means to better themselves. Your health and wellness is our top priority and we have ensured that appropriate safety measures have been set in place to minimize the exposure so that you can fully relax and enjoy your session.
Will I have to disrobe?
We always want you to feel your most comfortable when on the table. Just so you know, you will always be properly and professionally draped by the sheets. We only uncover the body part we are working on at that time, arm, leg, back etc. Let your therapist know of any uncertainty before you start the session so we can help you feel as comfortable with the treatment as possible.
Will I be sore after my treatment?
It all really depends on how your body responds to the treatment and if we stay in good communication with each other throughout the session. With deep tissue the goal is for the pain to , what I call "hurt so good" but once it passes into that's just too painful, you must let your therapist know so they can let up on the pressure. Their is no reason to cause pain to the muscles because then the opposite affect of what we are trying to attain is reversed. Your muscles end up guarding instead of relaxing. People sometimes come into a session thinking "no pain no gain" this is not the mentality we promote here at Lakeside. You may become sore for several days after the massage, but as long as we stayed in the "hurt so good" category it is probably the deep tissue work your muscles needed. Drink plenty of water and don't be afraid to use ice or heat. Another session is usually recommended to follow through with the work we started, it's your body's way of telling you these muscles need to be worked out.
What kind of massage should I get?
This is why you should arrive 5-10 minutes early for any massage appointment. So you can sit with the therapist and map out a wellness plan for what exactly it is your looking for and what the therapist recommends for you. Most of our massages here are a one hour swedish / relaxation, deep tissue work where needed, and then we focus on the specific areas that cause you pain. Other modalities of massage are more specific, like if your looking for a hot stone massage, sports, pregnancy etc. We will find a massage that works specifically to fit your needs.
Can I talk during a massage?
If you feel the need to talk throughout your massage, feel free. Some people relax this way. I will not talk during a massage as this is your time to let your mind be free and find deep relaxation within yourself. If we are doing any kind of deeper treatment work I will periodically check in to make sure pressure is OK etc. Some people say nothing during one massage and then cant stop talking the next time they come in! I myself have done this too, so really it's whatever your feeling that day. But I will say the best massages I've ever had are when I can find that Zen state of mind...pure bliss.
Am I supposed to tip?
If you would like to leave your therapist a gratuity for the wonderful job they did on your massage, and being in tune with your goals for the session I'm sure it will be graciously accepted. We have many clients that always tip and many who do not. Either way we will still give you the best treatment and sincere service. We have priced our massages so the community is able to afford this wonderful step towards a healthy way of life.
I am so ticklish, can I still receive massage?
This is a very common FAQ with Massage Therapy. You would be so surprised at how relaxed you are when you get on the table, I swear you forget your ticklish! Their are some things we can do to keep you from feeling like your getting tickled and that is apply slightly deeper pressure, which most people welcome anyways!
Am I supposed to drink a lot of water?
It's always a good idea to drink a lot of water, especially the day before a treatment. You might want to go easy right before the treatment itself...the last thing you want is to have to "go" when your right in the middle of your massage! After wards, yes drink plenty of hydrating fluids to help flush out all the toxins and waste we have just released from your muscles.
Do you accept Insurance?
Not at this time
We also accept and PIP claims (Personal Injury Protection) if you've been in a car accident most people have PIP on their insurance and can receive several treatments of massage if referred by a doctor.
we accept L&I, if you've been injured on the job our goal is to get back on the job and to be as pain free as quick as possible.
Please call us ahead of time for these types of appointments, we usually have to make several phone calls to confirm the details with doctors, insurance company's etc. 425-222-2170
How does Massage Therapy work?
Hands on massage techniques, manipulate the soft tissues, breaks down adhesions in the muscles, relieves stress and muscle tension and also increases flexibility and joint mobility. Depending on the pressure you seek from your therapist we should be able to help rid your muscles of some adhesions, increase your range of motion, treat trigger points and alleviate pain. Hydrotherapy is used to relax the muscles or reduce inflammation.
How often should I come?
We will usually recommend a series of massages with little space in between sessions. This all depends on the treatment you seek.Allowing and reeducating your muscles to relax and de-stress is crucial to reducing the painful symptoms you are experiencing from Fibromylgia. We will work with you to map out a wellness plan that fits your needs.
Beyond Massage Therapy...
Aside from massage therapy, physicians recommend also special diet and exercise. Eating a healthy diet and lose excess weight, can ease the body's joints, and practicing gentle exercise can significantly reduce muscle pain and help patients sleep much better. Swimming is a great choice, with low impact on joints. Be sure to ask your doctor about any of these recommendations