Myo Therapeutic Massage

Dave Sanchez, CMT

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage is a clinical approach directed to treating specific problem areas in muscles and in the connective tissue called fascia. Injuries, chronic pain, or habitual posture and movement patterns can cause a muscle to continuously contract, known as a spasm, and adhesions to form within and between muscle fibers and fascia causing them to stick together. These spasms and adhesions not only cause pain, but limit mobility and the circulation of blood and lymph needed to nourish, lubricate, and remove metabolic byproducts from the area. The stimulation from Deep Tissue massage can also promote the growth of new collagen in an injured area.

How does massage benefit my sports training?
For those who endure intense physical activity or sports, the benefits of this type of massage includes enhanced athletic performance, faster workout and competition recovery, fewer injuries and faster recovery from injury. It can treat areas of tightness and limited mobility caused by over training and focus on a single sport or activity.

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form which can be done during your initial visit or print out the form here and bring with you. When you arrive to your appointment, the therapist will inquire further to determine what therapeutic treatment plan is best for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.

Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage session will take place in a warm and comfortable room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a heated table especially designed for your comfort. If you prefer that the table not be heated, please tell your therapist. The therapist may choose to work on you either face-up or facedown.

What do I wear during the massage?
For a massage, most people undress completely. Wear what makes you feel comfortable, but note that the more clothing you have on, the less soft tissue we will be able to affect. The massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet at all times. At no time will you ever be exposed, except for the area that is being worked on. Massages will not be peformed undraped.

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Taking full, relaxed breaths will enhance the restorative quality of your massage session. If your therapist is working on a tense area, your full, gentle breathing will help bring in more oxygen and encourage those areas to relax. If at any time your therapist's pressure feels too light or too deep, please let the therapist know. Do keep in mind that your therapist is constantly adjusting pressure according to what they are feeling in your tissues. Sometimes the muscles may be moved and stretched simultaneously with applied pressure. For best results, dialog with your therapist if tense areas are being worked on to get the most therapeutic benefit.

Will the massage lotion leave me greasy?
The therapist uses a vegan, non mineral oil based massage lotion that won't cause excessive friction to the skin. It's a moisturizing lotion, not a massage oil, which contains natural healing ingredients such as aloe, Vitamin E, and Allantoin (derived from the Comphrey plant). If you feel it necessary to take a shower, there is one conveniently located near the therapy room. There are some techniques which do not require the use of lotion such as neuromuscular movement and PNF stretches.

How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?

You may feel completely relaxed or rejuvenated. Some experience instant freedom or release from long-term aches and pains. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days. You may feel a little "floaty" or "out of it" after a massage. Please take your time after your therapist leaves the therapy room. Relax for a few minutes before rising to dress. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following the massage. You may experience soreness for 1-3 days and taking a warm bath with epsom salts will help alleviate those symptoms.

What happens if I am late?
If the client is late, the appointment will start right away and the appointment will end at the originally scheduled time. If the therapist does not have another appointment following your session, the therapist can extend the end time to provide you with the full length of the session. If the therapist does have a session after yours, the appointment will end as scheduled and you will be charged for the full amount of the session.