Couples Massage from Centre Ave. Massage & Spa

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FAQ: Massage Types

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Tape is a cotton elastic tape  with an acrylic adhesive which is used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders.

 When setting up an appointment, mention that you want the Kinesio Tape Therapy so we can direct you to the proper therapist. 

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Swedish Massage 

Pioneered by Henri Peter Lin in 1812, Swedish massage is the foundation of Western Massage. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension, and creates additional health benefits.

During Swedish massage, therapists use lotions, or oils to facilitate smooth gliding strokes over the entire body. Other classic Swedish massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching, and (sometimes) tapping. Pressure in a Swedish massage can range from light to firm and usually includes deeper work on areas of specific muscle tension. For more intensive work and firmer pressure than a Swedish massage, we recommend a deep tissue massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots. However, the best method for undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is  to use an integrated program that includes exercise, posture work, relaxation techniques, and a regular program of massage.

While deep tissue is certainly valuable, you should be aware that there are many other styles of massage that can also produce profound release and realignment in the body. 

Thai Yoga Massage 

Also known as "Lazy Person's Yoga", this massage takes place on a padded floor mat with the client clothed in active wear. The therapist assists the client through yoga-like movements and stretches, and incorporates joint mobilizations, muscle compression and pressure point work.

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage drains waste and excess impurities from each part of the body while increasing the circulation of your body's white blood cells.  Lymphatic drainage helps to increase the flow of lymph fluid throughout your body by creating alternative passages.  This is a very specific form of gentle massage without lubrication.

FAQ: Your Centre Ave. Experience

This is YOUR session so please SPEAK UP!

Why is this so important? If you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position, music, or if you are too hot or too cold we need to know.

You will not hurt the therapist’s feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. Your therapist wants this to be the perfect scenario for you to relax and enjoy.

Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time you had a session, but this time you only want your back, neck, shoulders and arms worked on, it is perfectly fine to ask.

You will enjoy your sessions so much more!

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, whether there are any conditions needing to be addressed, to see if you have any presenting complaints, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, especially if you are receiving an Orthopedic or Advanced Integration massage.

It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he or she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.

Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

What do I wear during the massage?

Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a traditional full-body massage most people undress completely, however, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and get onto the table (a blanket is also provided for your warmth and comfort). You will be covered with the sheet and blanket at all times except for the area being worked on.

For an Orthopedic or Advanced Integration or an ART session, you should bring running shorts and if you are a female, a jogging bra—especially if you are coming in for shoulder or upper body work.

Clients receiving Thai massage should wear loose-fitting, stretchable yoga-type clothing. If you are prone to becoming chilled, you will want to make sure that your shirt is long-sleeved and that your legs are covered.

Along with Thai massage we offer a few other services that do not require you to remove your clothing. Reflexology, Tuning Forks, and our Treat for the Feet can also be done with your clothes on.

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move. Orthopedic and Advanced Integration massages generally require more movement and communication with your therapist during the session.

For a general massage, many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session. Others prefer to talk. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at anytime, or to request a change in the pressure, music volume or table heat.

Sometimes in the course of their massage, some people feel the need to use the bathroom. Do not hesitate to communicate this need with your therapist and a robe and slippers will be provided so that you may step out to use the bathroom.

How will I feel during my massage?

It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes more relaxed pressure will gradually be increased to relieve areas of muscular tension. (Often a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.) Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.

Will the massage hurt?

This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn’t probe very deeply into the muscles should not hurt. With that being said, there is a “Feels Good!” hurt and there is an “OUCH! Stop it!” hurt. A good massage, even a really firm, deep tissue massage, should always stay within the “Feels Good” hurt range.

Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with you body’s natural response, not against it.

Will the massage lotion/oil used make me break out?

Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage lotions or oils. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotions please bring it to the massage therapist’s attention as most practitioners have an assortment on hand.

How will I feel after my massage?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease in, or freedom from, long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.

If you received a deep tissue massage, you may be slightly sore the next day—much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a hot Epsom salt bath can ease this soreness and encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.

After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine as long as you are not on a strict water regiment from a medical doctor. This helps keep your body’s tissues hydrated and healthy.

How often should I get a massage? How many sessions will I need?

Honestly, it’s hard to say. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. Some is better than none. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he or she has had a chance to evaluate your body’s issues.

If you are looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you. However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule.

If I want a really deep massage shouldn’t I see a male therapist?

The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women.

It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. If you are looking for a deep massage it is best to simply ask the therapist if she or he does this type of work. And of course, during your session it is perfectly OK to give the therapist feedback if you would like a lighter or deeper pressure. It’s your session!

And remember: massage does not have to hurt to be effective.

When should I not get a massage?

There are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, contagious skin infections (including poison ivy), or are in the first trimester of a pregnancy.

There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his or her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). If you are under a doctor’s care it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session (i.e. cancer, certain heart conditions). This doesn’t mean you can’t get massage, but it is always better to err on the side of caution.

How long will a massage treatment last?

The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A 45-minute appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as back, neck, and shoulders or low back, legs, and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation and effectiveness. Keep in mind that a very tall, broad-shouldered, man will need a longer session to receive a complete full body massage than a very short, petite woman. Always allow relaxation time for yourself prior to and after the session.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to allow time to visit the restroom, to sign-in and to have some water if you desire. You want to be laying down by your scheduled appointment time so you can receive your FULL time on the table.

May I talk during my session?

Sure. If you would like to talk, go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is geared toward your relaxation and enjoyment of the session. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter into a state of massage bliss. It is not uncommon for people to talk a little at the beginning of their massage, and as it progresses they enter into a quiet state of relaxation. Some people prefer to talk during their session and that is OK too as long as you speak at a relatively low volume so as not to disturb other massage sessions.

Of course, if something is not working for you and you need the therapist to change something to make your experience more comfortable, by all means speak up.

Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?

No. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) While many therapists play slower, quieter, “new age”-type music, you may choose to have different music or none at all. Studies have shown that music which resonates at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming effect on the body and, therefore, can enhance your ability to relax during your massage.

To Tip or Not to Tip

We want all of our customers to know that Tipping is not mandatory but encouraged.  Massage is considered to be in the service industry, so the general 15-20% would apply to massage just like it would to a waiter or nail technician.

It shows your appreciation for the massage therapist's work, and they appreciate it as well!