Massage Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Massage

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Not sure what to expect during your massage? Got a question but are too shy to ask?

 Here are some of the more common questions we get asked as massage therapists. 

More is here on questions you may have regarding your Ripple massage or call us on 0438 567 906. 

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How Much Clothing 

Should I Leave On During My Massage?

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“Undress to your comfort level” means you can wear whatever you want.

If you’re more comfortable keeping certain garments on, that’s fine.

Please don’t make yourself uncomfortable for us. You will however get a better massage if do take most of your clothing off.

Usually our clients will undress to no underwear or just undies. We drape accordingly with towels to ensure your modesty during your treatment. 

Visit here for more info on how we drape.

What If I Need To Go To The
Bathroom During My Massage?

If you have to, try to go before your massage.

It’s not comfortable holding it while your therapist pushes on that particular pressure point. 

If you feel that you need to through your treatment, simply let your therapist know and go, that way you can relax and enjoy the rest of your massage. We don’t mind at all.

All Ripple therapists will spend at least 5 minutes with you before your initial consultation to go over any concerns that you may have.

Do You Offer Health Fund Rebates For Massage?

The majority of extended healthcare plans cover registered massage therapy treatments. 

So the question then becomes “How much coverage do I have?” The answer to this is in your specific insurance policy. 

Please note however not all therapists can offer health care rebates so be sure to double check at your time of booking should you wish to claim. There is more information on health fund rebates here.

I Don’t Want My Therapist To Talk During My Massage

If you want to make sure your therapist doesn’t talk during the massage, before your session starts say, “I’m so tired. I’m hoping I’ll fall asleep during this.” Works every time.

How Much Pressure During My Massage?

If the pressure is too hard or too light, don’t be afraid to speak up. 

Your therapist is there to help you, not injure you, the last thing that we want is you feeling any discomfort at all.

Should I Shave Before A Massage?

Our therapists don’t mind  if you didn’t shave your legs or if you have acne. 

We have seen it all, and our focus isn’t on your body and how it looks but on how great we can make you feel. Here is a great article on what your massage therapist is actually thinking when they are massaging.

What Should I Do During A Massage?

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Make yourself as comfortable possible. You will relax during most of your treatment on our therapists massage tables which are designed for stability and comfort.

Our therapists will ensure that you are warm and comfortable throughout your treatment. Relaxing music is played to help you unwind and focus on the changes occurring in your body.

It will help if you try and focus on your breathing .

Try taking nice long, deep breaths during the time of your massage, this will help to oxygenate the body.

I Can't Lie On A Massage Table,
What Should I Do?

For instance, massage therapy can easily be done when you are lying on your side, or semi-seated, if your pain prevents you from being on your stomach or back. Please let our team know what you feel is comfortable.

Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s your time, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

What If I Am Sick For My Massage?

If I am sick with a cold or flu, should I cancel my appointment?

If you are in the early and most contagious stage (first 48-72 hours) of a cold or flu, please do not let us come in for your session.

Please phone or email our booking team to cancel with as much notice as possible.

As massage can have a strong effect on the body, if you are sick, the massage may just intensify your symptoms. Take some time to get over your illness and then simply rebook with us.

Do I Need A Doctor’s Referral?

No. Although many physicians refer patients for massage therapy treatments, massage therapists are primary health care providers who assess and treat people independently. 

How Long Should I Stay On The Massage Table?

How long before I get up when my massage is finished?

Massage and body work can be profoundly relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems.

Give yourself a moment to re-orient before slowly getting up from the massage table. After a session, most people feel very relaxed.

Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over months of tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy, and greater productivity which can last for several days.

Since toxins are released from your tissue during a massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage.

What Can I Expect After A Massage?

  • Following a massage, it is possible to have some soreness for 24-48 hours, similar to the sensation experienced after a good workout. This is a normal response within the body when circulation and resulting detoxification is increased, and muscles have been worked. 
  • You will likely feel subtle shifts occurring over the following days as well. Some examples are:
  • Pain relief – less intensity and frequency of the pain in various areas of your body
  • Easier mobility when walking and moving in your daily life
  • Deeper sleep patterns
  • Constipation or other digestive concerns may subside
  • Stress, irritability and anxiety levels may lessen
  • Energy levels may feel increased
  • Just like exercise, the benefits of massage increase with regular treatments. As your overall body awareness is enhanced, you may find that you experience deeper relaxation and amazing benefits in overall wellness with each massage therapy session that you have.

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Author Biography – Ali Saoirse –  BEc University Sydney, GradDipPsych Bond University, Diploma Remedial Massage, Certificate IV Massage, Level 7 Kahuna Massage, Qualifications in Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology from Gold Coast TAFE.

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