Does my health insurance cover massage?

Some health insurance companies do reimburse for massage. Occasionally healthcare savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, cafeteria plans, or company wellness plans may also reimburse for massage. Check with your provider to see if massage is covered and if anything is required on your part. If your provider approves the massage, you would pay us for the massage, and we would give you an invoice to submit to your provider.

I’ve heard “no pain, no gain.” Is that true?

Massage does not have to be painful to be effective. You are in charge of the pressure. If your therapist is going too deep, let them know at that time so the pressure can be adjusted. Don’t wait until your next massage to say that your prior massage was not at the pressure you liked.

What are possible contraindications to massage and to certain techniques?

There are some instances in which we cannot perform a massage or use certain techniques. Answering questions truthfully will help us to provide you with a safe massage. Some contraindications to massage include, but are not limited to:
♦ If you feel like you are coming down with the flu (massage increases circulation and a massage may speed up the arrival of the flu).
♦ If you have a cold (you could spread the cold to others).
♦ After surgery, you’ll need to bring in a release from your doctor.
♦ If you have a complicated pregnancy.
♦ If you have kidney/liver disease.
♦ If you have heart failure.
♦ If you have cancer and are currently undergoing radiation/chemotherapy.

Contact our office before making an appointment.

Is it customary to tip the massage therapist?

Tips are not required, but they are very much appreciated. We accept cash tips, or we can add the tip to your check or credit card.

What should I expect during a massage?

If this is your first massage, arrive early to complete a health questionnaire. Since massage is considered healthcare, this questionnaire is required by law.
If you experience pain or discomfort during the massage, let the therapist know immediately so pressure can be adjusted. Massage therapy may produce side effects such as muscle soreness, mild bruising, increased awareness of areas of pain and light-headedness, among other possible temporary outcomes.

Don’t eat a big meal before coming for a massage. Since you’ll be on your stomach for about half of the massage and we’ll be pushing on your back, you might be a little uncomfortable.

State law requires that you must remain covered/draped during the massage.

Massage therapists do not diagnose or treat medical conditions, including erectile dysfunction. You need to consult with your doctor.

If you are diabetic, check your blood glucose after a massage, as your blood sugar may drop.

Don’t plan on donating blood the same day as a massage. Massage increases your circulation. If you donate blood afterwards, the pint of blood will come out very quickly and you will not feel very well.

If you plan on going out after a massage, remember that your circulation has increased. If you drink alcohol, you may find that you will feel the effects of alcohol more quickly with less amount of alcohol.

After a massage, increase your intake of water over the next several days to help flush out toxins. Also, drink some water several days before your massage to make your muscles more elastic so the massage isn’t as uncomfortable.

Therapeutic Kneads wants you to experience a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Please respect other’s relaxation time and turn off cell phones. Thank you for your consideration.