Frequently Asked Questions
IS DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE PAINFUL?
There is a difference between unbearable pain and pushing you to your threshold of pain. Generally, I push my clients to a comfortable threshold of the "good hurt" and primarily focus on problem areas that involve myofascial restrictions and trigger points. I spend time warming up the superficial layers of fascia before delving into the deeper layers of tension. Of course, tenderness is bound to be felt during a deep tissue massage but I always check in about pressure to make sure that it is just enough. Generally I am pretty good at assessing what is enough pressure in the first place, but I always ask and check in about it! I'm also a huge advocate of open communication during my sessions.
IS YOUR BODYWORK STUDIO WARM?
The room is kept at a comfortable temperature, and the table is heated.
DEEP TISSUE IS OFTEN TOO PAINFUL FOR ME. DO YOU OFFER SWEDISH MASSAGE?
Yes! Please book for my Swedish massages if have an aversion to deeper bodywork. I still won't use a ton of lotion or oil, and I may include some emphasis on myofascial release. However, I really pride myself in letting you tell me how you'd like your massage to be. If I need to change anything at any point, please don't hesitate to speak up. I can modify my style and pace according to your specific needs.
HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO PRACTICE DEEP TISSUE WITHOUT HURTING YOUR CLIENTS?
I have been trained by the best and the brightest massage therapists in the field. I warm up your tissues before sinking into the subterranean levels of myofascial adhesions. Adequate warm up prevents you from being terribly sore the next day, as well as it prevents injuring or tearing the muscles. My snail slow pace also accounts for the safety of my work.
DO YOU TALK DURING THE SESSION?
Unless you want to have a conversation during the massage, I generally do not initiate a conversation while you are on the table because I want to be totally present while working on your body. But I am able to talk and do bodywork at the same time, if that is what you would prefer. I do however, check in about how the massage is feeling to you.
I DON'T LIKE DRAPING WITH THE SHEET, ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS?
Draping is required in the state of Oregon.