Seaside Massage Therapy

Karen A. Lucas, LMT

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can benefit from massage?

EVERYONE ~ Young, old, and all in between. Perhaps you awoke with a stiff neck, you spend too much time in front of a computer, or you just need to relax and unwind.  Although certain medical conditions preclude full-body massage, many conditions are much improved with therapeutic massage!  A conversation with the qualified therapist is all that is necessary to rule out any issues, and work on a plan to benefit you specifically.  

I'm a reasonably healthy, active person without physical problems. Why would I consider getting a therapeutic massage?

To be even healthier!  Massage helps to increase your body awareness, nourishes your muscles, helps prevent illness, and improves the quality of your life.  Massage also relieves everyday stress, as well as more extreme stress from times of pressure or crisis.  Receivers of massage are known to be calmer, more centered, and thus more, it feels wonderful!

Is it beneficial to receive massage on a regular basis?

The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative.  From one session to the next, you are able to relax more and more as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are released.  These changes are readily felt in your day to day life as well.  

How does massage work?

Massage can help unwind tight muscles and re-align deeper layers of soft connective tissue.  Various techniques are used to reach adhesions that block circulation and cause inflammation.  Massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. 

Deep tissue massage is one of the best ways to treat strained muscles due to over exertion due to sports, laborious work and rigorous recreational activities that lead to chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.  Deep tissue massage will assist with the repair of soft tissue and restore blood flow therefore flushing out painful toxins.

What can I expect for my first massage?

When you arrive for your scheduled appointment, you'll be asked to complete a brief confidential questionnaire regarding your current physical condition, medical history, areas of pain or tightness, and the reason for today's visit.  This allows each session to be tailored to each individual client's needs and goals. 

For a table massage, you'll undress in private (underwear is left on or off, at your discretion), then lie down under a sheet on a comfortably padded and heated massage table.  For your modesty, comfort, and warmth, only the part of the body being worked on will be uncovered.

You can expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage.  For the period of time agreed upon, you'll have the unique experience of having all of your muscles kneaded and stroked in a full-body massage, or only in specific areas in the case of a session oriented to a localized injury, pain or tightness. 

Does the client have any responsibilities during the massage?

Only to have provided accurate heath information and the report discomfort of any kind.  Your sessions should be free of distractions, and you should speak up if you experience any - whether from body or room temperature, or the music or the volume - your experience should be a positive one in every way.  Also, it's imperative to communicate regarding the pressure of the massage.  Everyone is different, and you should always alert your therapist if you want the pressure dialed up or down!

Where do you work, and what are your hours?

I work from my home, and have a dedicated, private space for treatments in a separate section of the house.  The room is spacious, peaceful, and has a built-in gas fireplace that provides incredible ambiance and warmth during the cold weather months.  Appointments are scheduled at the convenience of the client, and house calls are also available. 

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