Tips Before, During, and After Your Massage

  • .Do your Research. Idaho just implemented a Board for Massage Therapy in the summer of 2014. This means that there may still be some therapists out there who are falling under the radar and are not licensed or have never had any real training. You can go to the Boards site and look up any name, if they are licensed they will show up along with their credentials.
  • Communication is Key! Most intuitive therapists develop a certain sense about pressure, but this is by no means perfect. It is up to you to tell the therapist if the pressure is too much or too little. And don’t feel shy about speaking up, every good therapist wants your input because every person is different and we certainly don’t know what feels good to you. 
  • It is your body, protect it! I’ve had multiple clients tell me horror stories about uncomfortable situations. If at ANY point you don’t feel comfortable with a therapist, end the session right there.  

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  • There are many types of massage. The most common misunderstanding I have encountered is what Deep tissue is. Deep tissue does not mean deeper pressure. Deep tissue is a style of massage that targets all layers of muscle tissue. This sometimes means a harder pressure than you would use in Swedish but by no means should it hurt (in a bad way). That being said, it is up to you to let the therapist know if the pressure is too painful at any point.
  • Massage is a lot like working out, if your body is not used to it you may be sore the next day.
  • Most of the pain you feel on an everyday, repeated basis is due to memory your muscles build up over the years of you repeating an action (driving, hunching over a computer, sleeping on your stomach) . Massage can relieve these on a temporary basis and help retrain the muscle to create a less painful pattern so long as you are doing self maintenance at home as well.
  • Make sure you give a detailed health history. Car crashes, injuries, medications, surgeries- no matter how far in the past can all play a part in what we as therapists do.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!!

Your body is mostly water, ideally you should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water over the course of the day.

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The Goal of Massage

I graduated Colorado Institute of Massage in 2009 and have been practicing ever since. I am well versed in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Aromatherapy, Geriatric, and Infant/child massages. 

Massage is not an end all, cure all solution. It can help you help yourself to retrain muscle memory patterns that cause regular pain such as chronic headaches, joint pain, or sciatic pain. It is a tool for you to use in the regular maintenance of your body.  

My goal is to help you facilitate a health plan that keeps you and your musculature in the best shape it can be. 

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Pots and Knots

Regence Blue Shield of Idaho

I am now a Massage provider for Regence. Please check your benefits prior to scheduling a massage, you will be responsible for any  payments not fulfilled by the Insurance.