- heightens body awareness
- relieves muscle pain
- decreases muscle tension
- increases flexibility and range of motion
- reduces swelling and pain after injury
- improves metabolic waste removal
- promotes faster healing
- improves circulation
- strengthens immune system
- reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
- promotes release of natural pain relieving brain chemicals
- improves oxygen and nutritional supply to cells
No. Deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and some sports massage techniques can be uncomfortable at times but it should only be in a pleasantly uncomfortable kind of way. Our clinic uses gentle, non-painful forms of modalities that often have a reputation for being painful.
Pain is subjective and everyone’s tolerance is different. We use a 0-10 scale where 0 is no pain at all and 10 is ‘too much’ pain. We always try and stay less than a 5 on your personal 0-10 scale. Occasionally we make enter 7 territory but rarely and never for long.
Effective massage and bodywork is not just about depth of pressure. It’s about using the right pressure at the proper angle in the location that can influence the body most dynamically. If you’re the type of person that wants your bodywork session to hurt, we won’t be a good fit for you.
First of all, You are not broken. Let that sink in for a moment.
There is no way to answer this question. Every client has their own history, their own set of goals, and requires different treatment. So it varies. It’s important for you as a client to have ap- propriate and managed expectations regarding your treatment sessions. Treating a specific pain complaint may only require a session or two, where as working on postural or performance goals would likely be an ongoing, consistent process.
Many people experience a great deal of relief after their very first visit, some don’t. Our thera- pists follow the “three visit rule.” If the client hasn’t experienced significant benefit from the bodywork or relief from pain within 3 visits, we refer to someone who may be a better fit for treatment.
That being said, your therapist will create a specific treatment plan to best meet your particular needs.
Your first visit will involve going over your intake forms, health history, areas of concern, goals for treatment, and a brief assessment. It is important for you to be detailed and honest with your health history as it may require the treatment be adapted. So even if you broke your arm 40 years ago please report it on your intake form.
We may do some structural and/or movement assessment to help figure out the most appropriate treatment for you. After a brief but thorough conversation about your intake and assessments, we will immediately move into doing bodywork.
Sure. Keeping your therapist informed about any discomfort or referral sensation you might be experiencing is important. Similarly its important to speak up if the therapist is doing something that you don’t enjoy or doesn’t feel good or useful to you.
From a different perspective, many of us have been conditioned to feel uncomfortable with silence. Chatting can be helpful to initially relax.
You’re welcome to be quietly relax and enjoy the experience.
It depends. You will probably feel more relaxed than when you came in. Many people have the experience of feeling “taller,” or “lighter,” and have more range of motion. You may feel tired or sleepy, or you may be energized. Fascial work can leave you feeling a bit disoriented but only mildly.
Deep tissue and trigger point work can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day but only mildly and similar to workout soreness. Keeping your body well hydrated will also help with any sore- ness you might experience.
You are always in control of your massage session, period. Your therapist will always ask if there are any areas of your body that you would not like to be worked on.
Your body will be draped (covered by a sheet, blanket, or towel) in a way that makes you feel safe and secure. The only time the drapes will be removed is when that part of your body being treated.
For women, breasts will be securely covered at all times. For both genders, the genitals and gluteals will also be covered at all times.
With voluntary and informed consent, the gluteal (partially for both genders) and breast drapes (only partially for women) may be temporarily uncovered to perform therapeutic massage to those areas.
Your therapist will leave the room while you undress, get on the table, and under the drapes. We always knock on the door and ensure you are appropriately covered before we enter the treat- ment room.
If you’re wearing wearing athletic gear or clothing during the session, drapes are optional.
Our instruction is always to undress to your level of comfort. You are always in control of the massage session and this includes your clothing choice. Some people choose to be completely undressed during their sessions. Some feel more comfortable wearing their underpants or athletic shorts. And some are most comfortable fully clothed. Any of these choices are perfectly fine. Unless you are fully clothed, we use strict draping.
In many cases, clothing is preferred as it allows the client to get up off the table and see how certain movements feel after a bit of work. This is often important in pain management and sport therapy work. In this case, it is very common to wear loose or flexible athletic wear to your appointment. For men, a pair of athletic shorts or briefs works great. For ladies, a sports or regular bra and athletic shorts works great as well. Table Thai and Energy Work are done fully clothed in comfortable attire. Nothing constricting like jeans.
Our top priority is the safety of both our clients and therapists, and we expect respectful behavior from our clients. This includes refraining from requesting anything inappropriate, such as sexual services or favors. Besides being incredibly disrespectful to the massage industry, the therapists, and their families, these solicitations are considered obscene boundary violations. This is will not be tolerated. Our licensed professionals are trained to firmly maintain appropriate boundaries and will communicate them immediately upon detecting any inappropriate behavior.
60 minute session price is $110
90 minute session is $165
2 hour session is $220 *Request Only*
Session packages available
*Acceptable forms of payment include cash, all major credit/debit card, and VENMO. Payment is due at the end of your treatment session unless otherwise specified.
New Client Info
Please arrive for your first session 5-10 minutes early. This extra time gives you time to relax and not feel rushed to start your session. It also allows time to take care of anything we need to address before the session begins.
Once you book your first appointment, you will receive an email with a link to fill out a health history and general intake forms. Please fill out intake forms online before your scheduled appointment. If you aren’t able to complete them in advance, you may complete them before your appointment in the office. Please be aware that time it may take to complete your intake may consume some of your time on the treatment table.
Cancellations/No Shows without 24 hour notice will be charged the full price of the missed session. We will require this amount to be paid before your next session can be scheduled, as well as storing a credit card on file for all future appointments. Consecutive cancellations/no shows will be subject to a prepayment of service prior to being able to book an appointment. Initial appoints require prepayment.
Client information and email lists are completely confidential, and we do not share our lists with outside companies. All therapists at MELT Massage respect client confidentiality outside the bodywork sessions.
Cash, Credit, Debit, or Venmo is accepted. We do not accept Checks.
The massage and bodywork as well as other services provided are for therapeutic purposes only. The safety of our clients and our therapists is our first priority. We have the expectation that our clients will act respectfully. Part of that respect is understanding that any request for inappropriate services including, but not limited to, sexual services or favors are considered an obscene boundary violations and will not be tolerated. Our therapists are trained to maintain a firm boundary with regard to inappropriate behavior and will immediately communicate that boundary at its first sign. Sexual remarks or misconduct of any kind will terminate the session immediately. In such a case, the client will be banned from future appointments. Payment will still be required in full.
Our therapists reserve the right to refuse or terminate service at any time should they feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Our therapists are not physicians. We do not diagnose pathologies or prescribe medications. If we feel like you would be better treated by another medical professional, we will refer you out. In such a case, we reserve the right to refuse treatment.