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MASSAGE and LOGISTICAL QUESTIONS

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table specially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?

For myofascial release work, you will be asked to either wear or bring to change into shorts, and for women a sports bra or tank top. These items of clothing help Gibby give you a more effective and personalized treatment session. First and foremost we want you to feel comfortable in what you choose to wear. If you’d prefer to stay fully clothed please wear loose clothing that you don’t mind being stretched.

WILL THE PRACTITIONER BE PRESENT WHEN I DISROBE IF I CHOOSE TO BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES?

The practitioner will leave the room while you change. She will knock and wait for you to let her know you are ready before reentering the room.

Will I be covered during the session?

MFR is different to a traditional massage this way. You will be wearing shorts and a tank top or sports bra for women or if you prefer loose clothing. There will be a blanket available if you get cold.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

With MFR, pain relief treatment is more effective if the area(s) of pain are fully addressed. This means that if you come in for neck pain, it is likely Gibby will want to focus on your neck as well as surrounding and related muscles. Your massage is just that–yours. This means that the session will be tailored to your specific needs and wants.

What will a myofascial release massage feel like?

With MFR the practitioner will be doing much less glider over the skin than a traditional massage. Instead she will be sinking into areas of pain and discomfort to relieve them. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that either less pressure is applied or a different technique is used. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what movements are needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). During the session if you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

Some people experience immediate freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. Other people experience relief the day or two after. It is not uncommon to feel sore the next day or the day after from the treatment. Soreness is the body expressing itself through the healing process.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?

Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

What is your cancellation policy?

Session time is valuable–yours and mine. I know illnesses happen, but please try and make every effort to attend your session or give at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel. I have a $50/appointment cancellation fee for canceling with less than 24 hours notice. If I can fill the slot you will not be charged.

Is your location wheelchair accessible?

Yes both our office and our bathroom are wheelchair accessible.

Will my insurance cover massage?

The short answer is: it depends. Some insurance companies reimburse their customers for massage. Contact your insurance company directly and ask them. Many insurance companies will only reimburse for massge therapy if it prescribed by a doctor, physical therapist, or chiropractoror. Additionally, some companies only cover massage if it is for help with a car accident injury. We are happy to provide you with receipts from your sessions.

Where are you located?

We are located at 245 Russell St, Hadley Park Plaza, Unit 12, Hadley, MA 01035. Please see our Location page for more information.

Should I tip the massage therapist after my session?

Thank you for thinking about it, but in this situation it is not necessary. While tips are appreciated (but not required) after free or discounted sessions, our prices have been set to include gratuity on full-priced massages.

What payment options do you accept?

We accept credit cards, checks, and cash.

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