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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our FAQ page! Here, we've compiled answers to some of your most common questions about our services, techniques, and what to expect at Thrive Massage and Healing. If you have a query, you're likely to find the answer right here.

  • 8. How much of my body will be exposed during the massage?
    At Thrive, we strictly adhere to all state and federal laws regarding "draping." Your body will be securely covered with drapes, consisting of linens and a blanket, throughout the entire session. The therapist will only expose the area they are working on at any given time, and you remain in control throughout the process.
  • 7. Do I need to undress completely for a massage?
    We advise clients to "disrobe to their comfort level." This means you should undress to a point where you feel at ease. We respect our clients' preferences, and some choose to go fully nude, while others prefer to keep their underwear on. There are also those who are not comfortable removing any clothing. Although this presents some challenges, we are committed to working with you to ensure you feel safe and relaxed throughout the session.
  • 3. How many sessions are required to resolve my issue?
    The number of sessions needed to address your concern can vary significantly from person to person. Several factors, including your lifestyle, stress levels, history of trauma, and emotional well-being, play a role in how quickly you experience relief. Massage therapy is a journey, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
  • 1. How will I know if massage therapy is right for me?
    Massage therapy is an effective approach to addressing soft tissue issues. However, if your pain or discomfort is not related to soft tissue problems, massage may not be the solution. After 3 to 4 sessions without any improvement in your symptoms, it's an indicator that soft tissue may not be the underlying issue. In such cases, our therapists will work with you to determine the next steps, which could include exploring chiropractic care, acupuncture, or consulting with your primary care physician. We value your time and won't book endless massage sessions if it's not the right approach for your specific needs.
  • 6. Will I experience soreness the day after a massage?
    Depending on the type of massage you've chosen, you may experience slight tenderness the following day, but it should never be disruptive, debilitating, or painful. If it is, it indicates that the massage was too intense for your current condition. In such cases, adjustments can be made in your next session. Always communicate with your therapist if you feel excessively sore after a massage.
  • 4. How often should I schedule massage sessions?
    Depending on the severity of your discomfort, you will fall into one of two categories: repair or maintain. In a repair state, more frequent sessions (typically every one to two weeks) are beneficial to address and alleviate your discomfort. The ultimate goal is to transition into a maintenance phase, allowing you to enjoy activities and mobility without pain. Maintenance schedules are highly individualized, with some clients opting for quarterly sessions and others attending a few times a month. A typical schedule is once every 4 to 6 weeks. You decide what keeps you moving comfortably.
  • 5. Does massage have to be painful to be effective?
    No, it does not! While deep tissue, repair-style, or medical massages may at times feel intense or uncomfortable, they should never be outright painful. Gritting your teeth and enduring pain will not lead to faster or better results. People have varying pain thresholds, and your therapist should regularly check in with you to ensure your comfort. It's also your responsibility to communicate if the pressure is too deep or too light for your liking.
  • 2. How do I determine the type of massage I need?
    During your initial appointment, your therapist will review the intake form you've completed and have a detailed discussion about your reasons for seeking massage therapy, your symptoms, and your objectives. Together, you'll collaborate to "contract the session." This means your therapist will recommend the appropriate massage type, specific areas to focus on, and the optimal duration. You are encouraged to provide input and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your session aligns with your preferences and goals.
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