FAQ

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I’ve never had a massage, what can I expect?

Massage has been used throughout history for healing and relaxation with caring hands. Today there is a wide variety of massage techniques and styles. You can select from basic relaxation treatment to therapeutic bodywork for specific problems. Most massages are relaxing and tailored to your specific requests or needs. Professional therapists will provide a safe, relaxing and therapeutic within your comfort level. Find a therapist that you can trust with knowledge, expertise and compassion.

 

What are the rates?

Revive Therapy charges $90 per hour.

Prepayment and Package Discounts: $80/hour

 

Should I leave a tip?

Tips are never expected. Revive Therapy provides professional bodywork services at a fair market price as fair compensation. Tips are graciously accepted but the best tip is honest feedback and appreciation for services received and suggestions for better healing at your next appointment.

 

Should I request a relaxing or therapeutic massage?

It depends on what you need or want. Some clients prefer a relaxing massage and other clients have specific therapeutic goals. A relaxing massage often involves lighter techniques and a full body experience. Therapeutic bodywork usually focuses on specific complaints or areas of the body and may not involve a full body massage. Therapeutic work may or may not be more uncomfortable. Please discuss with your therapist prior to the start of your session your preference and goals for the therapy. During the session you may agree to adjust the modality to maximize your experience.

 

What types of massage and bodywork are offered at Revive Therapy?

Massage, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage and Craniosacral therapy are offered at Revive Therapy. Specialized bodywork is provided for Sports, Pregnancy, Women’s Health and Holistic Health Maintenance. Therapist Steve Metzger has expertise and certification in most of these specialties and is also a massage instructor. More… [Link to Types of Massage]

 

Link each of the services, modalities and specialties above to the appropriate link in FAQ or the website.

 

Do I have to be completely undressed for a massage?

No. Removal of clothing is optional and you will always be professionally draped. You can wear all of your clothes, none of them, or something in between. Client modesty is always a priority and protected. For therapeutic bodywork sessions shorts and sports bra (for women) may be recommended. This allows for assessment and therapy without a top sheet for techniques that involve stretching.

 

What if lying on my stomach is uncomfortable?

You will be made comfortable and many positions can be used for effective bodywork. Side-lying, semi-reclined and other positions, using pillows for support, will give you a comfortable experience.

 

Should massages hurt?

No. Many people request relaxing massages, which are not painful and feel very good. When deeper work and some therapeutic work is done for muscle knots and cramps there may be discomfort. Your therapist will adjust the pressure to your comfort level—be sure to communicate with your therapist if pressure or therapy needs to be adjusted. Remember, you are the customer and the experience should what you want.

 

Will I hurt for a few days after the massage?

Swedish massage and most stretching techniques do not hurt during or after the session. Certain deeper techniques like deep tissue massage may cause some micro-bruising in the tissue and some persons may feel an ache for a few days. Tell your therapist if this has been an issue for you or if you are concerned and the therapy will be adjusted for you.

 

How soon will I notice the results of massage?

Most clients experience immediate relaxation and pain relief. When Myofascial Release techniques are used, connective tissue fibers may continue to “unwind” up to 72 hours with improved or sustained effects. Occasionally there may be a temporary increase in pain or emotions during the first three days.

 

Benefits of Massage Therapy

 

What are the benefits of massage?

In addition to relaxation, studies have identified many other benefits of massage, including relieving stress and headaches, strengthening your immune system, improving circulation and posture, lowering blood pressure, increasing flexibility and range of motion, enhancing rehabilitation, and more.

 

Are there medical benefits of massage?

Yes. Western medicine usually focuses on prescribing medicine or surgery, which often does not improve problems with the muscles, other soft tissues and emotions. The body is very complex and a skilled therapists engages the healing power within your body and guides health and healing untouched by medicine and surgery. Many times pain can be relieved without medication and surgery can be avoided. Revive Therapy features a therapist who is also a registered nurse with medical knowledge, specialized training and holistic compassion for your health and healing.

 

Can bodywork help me if medicines don’t work?

Yes. Many clients come to Revive Therapy for effective alternative therapy because doctors cannot resolve many soft tissue problems. Medications often mask the root cause of the problem. Skilled bodywork releases tension stored in the body that causes pain and impaired function. Revive Therapy effectively treats many “refugees from the Western medical model.”

 

Can surgery be avoided with bodywork?

Many times surgery can be avoided if there is not an emergent need. Surgery today is the best in history with amazing technology but cannot fix all health problems. The body has a miraculous ability for healing and restoration of function. Skilled therapists will educate, empower and encourage these innate healing abilities in your therapy. Revive Therapy has a record of many clients avoiding surgery of the back, shoulder, arms and many gynecologic issues.

 

Stress Relief

Our life is very stressful. Studies conclude that stress predicts disease and a correlates with many medical problems. Massage and Myofascial Release are very effective to reducing stress, healing diseases and improving health. Even a single massage session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels–all of which help reduce daily stress.

 

Relaxation

Tension, stress and exhaustion are common today. Massage and other bodywork is an opportunity to not only relax, but allow a skilled therapist to guide our “rest-and-recovery mode.” Massage techniques decrease stress, relax muscles and nourish many fatigued systems of the body.

 

Posture Improvement

Our “forward society” promotes poor posture with strained muscles of the neck, shoulders and back creating headaches, neck and shoulder pain and strained back muscles. Restrictions of the neck, back and muscles on the front of the shoulders prevent normal postural alignment and sustain these upper body complaints. A skilled therapist can not only relieve pain and restricted movement in the upper body but assist you to improve your posture. Effective work in the anterior shoulders and chest will promote better posture, improved shoulder function, fuller breathing and fewer upper body discomforts. 

 

Circulation Enhancement

Massage and Myofascial Release increases circulation through congested areas. Enhanced blood flow brings fresh blood to nourish and heal tissues, promoting improved better health and healing.

 

Lower Blood Pressure

Massage has been shown to lower blood pressure. Decreased stress, relaxation and improved circulation all contribute to this natural remedy.

 

Muscle Relaxation

Our driven and stressful culture creates chronic muscle tension causing headaches, painful shoulders and painful backs. Effective bodywork relaxes tight muscles and improves posture leading to a more relaxed and pain free life.

 

Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion

Restricted movement of joints naturally occurs with life. Skilled therapists assist in maximizing range of motion and function to keep the joints more fluid. You will be more flexible and less vulnerable to injury.

 

Deeper Sleep

Massage and Myofascial Release improves sleep through relaxation and balancing natural chemicals in the body. Insomnia is related to low levels of serotonin. Bodywork enhances serotonin production and more restful sleep. Studies show an increase in delta brain waves after massage explaining the benefit of improved sleep.

 

Better Breathing

Stress, anxiety and poor posture restrict chest capacity and constrict breathing. Skilled bodywork improves posture and improves breathing capacity. Decreased stress and relaxation also promotes more effective respiration.

 

Headache Relief

Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from headaches or migraines. Relaxation of the neck, shoulder and back muscles, along with stress reduction is a very effective in reducing headaches and migraine intensity and frequency.

 

Better Digestion and Decreased Stomach Problems

Massage and Myofascial Release reduces stress by quieting the sympathetic nervous system, improving abdominal circulation and enhancing bowel motility. Tight abdominal tissues are relaxed and digestion improves. Myofascial release releases restrictions that impair normal function and movement. Lymphatic drainage improves circulation deep in the abdominal and in the organs creating better health and function in the abdomen.

 

Immune System Strengthened

Bodywork improves immunity through better circulation, stimulating the lymphatic system and enhancing the body’s natural anti-cancer “killer cells.” (Studies show that Myofascial Release techniques increase Interleukin-8, a natural anti-cancer chemokine.)

 

Pre-Operative Treatment

Massage and Myofascial Release prepare the body for successful surgery outcome. In addition to relaxation and stress reduction, tissue health improves, enhancing healing after surgery.

 

Post-Operative Recovery

Recovery and rehabilitation after surgery is enhanced by increased circulation providing more oxygen and nutrients for tissue healing. Skilled therapists understand which parts of the body can be treated and the level of therapy appropriate for safe recovery. Revive Therapy features a registered nurse therapist with over 35 years experience in direct healthcare.

 

Can I Have Therapy After An Injury?

Is massage safe after an injury?

Yes. Skilled therapists will help the body to heal from acute, as well as chronic injuries. Pain relief and rehabilitation are essential to the healing process, Revive Therapy features a registered nurse therapist that uses medical knowledge, intuition and compassion.

 

How soon can I have massage after an injury?

The sooner the better. Therapists trained in sports, medical or rehabilitation therapy can provide immediate, gentle and healing therapy. Skilled bodyworkers know how to protected injured tissue and maximize healing for optimal outcome. Bodyworkers should not replace emergency or necessary medical care but will enhance the work of medical providers.

 

How does massage help with rehabilitation after an injury?

Rehabilitation and healing are significantly improved with skilled therapy after an injury. Injuries are frustrating and can impact our lives. Skilled therapy guides your body to maximize healing and rehabilitation. Natural and holistic treatment can provide effective recovery and minimize the need for medication or surgery.

 

Should I use ice or heat with an injury?

Ice is best for new injuries (first 72 hours.) Heat or ice can be applied beyond 72 hours post-injury. Ice decreases swelling and inflammation. Ice is also a good pain reliever by numbing the tissue. Heat can promote healing by increasing circulation and fluid mobilization when the injury occurred more than 3 days prior.

 

Will massage interfere with my Physical Therapy (PT) work?

No. Physical therapist are experts in treating injuries and recommending exercises. Massage and Myofascial release relax, align and balance muscles, joints and tissues making PT work more effective.

 

Will massage interfere with chiropractic work?

No. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments for alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure. Massage and Myofascial release relax, align and balance muscles, joints and tissues making chiropractic work more effective.

 

Types of Massage and Bodywork

What types of massage and bodywork are offered at Revive Therapy?

Massage, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage and Craniosacral therapy are offered at Revive Therapy. Specialized bodywork is provided for Sports, Women’s Health and Holistic Health Maintenance.

 

Should I receive a relaxing or therapeutic massage?

Some clients prefer a relaxing massage and other clients have specific therapeutic goals. A relaxing massage often involves lighter techniques and a full body experience. Therapeutic bodywork usually focuses on specific complaints or areas of the body and may not involve a full body massage. Therapeutic work may or may not be more uncomfortable. Please discuss with your therapist prior to the start of your session your preference and goals for the therapy. During the session you may agree to adjust the modality to maximize your experience.

 

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is holistic bodywork that releases stored tension from connective tissue fibers of the fascia. The application of gentle sustained pressure into the fascial tissue can eliminate pain, restore motion and promote deep healing. These techniques may be used alone or with other manual therapy techniques like massage. Myofascial Release often provides more effective and longer healing than massage or other bodywork.

 

What is the difference between massage and Myofascial Release?

Massage uses many rubbing techniques and Myofascial Release incorporates more stretching. Massage often uses techniques with lubricant to relax muscles, increase circulation and decrease stress. Myofascial Release opens restricted tissue in the fascia, resulting in longer lasting pain relief, better mobility and many other systemic body benefits. More… [Link to MFR Info (when written)]

 

Is Pregnancy Massage safe?

Yes. Pregnancy can be greatly improved with skilled bodywork. Therapists with advanced training understand pregnancy and baby development so that the prenatal experience. The best measure of a therapists qualification is to find one “certified” in prenatal and postpartum massage therapy. Revive Therapy features one of the few certified therapists in the Sacramento area, who is also a registered nurse and an instructor for prenatal and postpartum bodywork. More … [Link to Pregnancy section of FAQs]

 

What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?

Lymphatic drainage therapy (LDT) improves the function of the lymphatic system for improved immunity, better health and healing. The lymphatic system is a circulation for all body fluids outside the blood. The body is about two-thirds water and requires circulation, filtration and cleansing. The lymphatic captures fluid, proteins and waste products in the tissues. Extracellular fluids are filtered in the lymph nodes and lymphocytes are added to maintain health and enhance immunity. Skilled lymphatic therapists identify fluid flow within the body (even deep in organs) and facilitate and restore lymphatic flow. LDT can decrease swelling, relieve headaches and other pain, improve mobility and function, as well as improve overall immunity and health.

 

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gently alternative health treatment to decrease pain and improve health and healing. CST harmonizes the natural rhythm of the central nervous system the affects the whole body. This work is very subtle, quiet and relaxing.

 

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage involves treatment for active persons and athletes. These techniques are also useful for any person with muscular and joint complaints. Athletes may need bodywork for training, better performance or injuries. The musculoskeletal system is complex and a “tune up” will balance and relax muscles, open joints and maximize range of motion. Revive Therapy features a registered nurse therapist with training and expertise with orthopedics and trauma as well as skilled bodywork. More … [Link to FAQs for Injuries and Sports Therapy (when written)]

 

Women’s Health—How Can Massage Therapy Help?

Massage helps women with stress reduction, relaxation, pain relief and many women’s health issues.

 

Pregnancy Massage and Bodywork

 

I’m pregnant – Is massage safe?

Yes. Prenatal massage is not only safe but also very important for the health of mom and baby with a skilled therapist. Specialized training is necessary for relaxing and therapeutic bodywork during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Revive Therapy features one of only a few certified therapists in prenatal and postpartum massage bodywork in the Sacramento. Steve Metzger, RN-CMT is not only certified in pregnancy massage but is registered nurse and has also an instructor in this specialty and has published an article on a national pregnancy website.

 

Can I lie on my stomach for pregnancy massage?

Yes—only during the first trimester and postpartum. During the second and third trimesters, it is safer for baby when mom is on her side or in a semi-reclined position. Skilled therapists will make mom very comfortable and provide a very relaxing experience. Even though special pregnancy massage tables and pillows have “cut-outs” for the tummy and breasts, there is a potential for trauma to baby while suspended in the prone position. There is also a chance for increased intrauterine pressure. Find a therapist certified in pregnancy massage to provide a safe, relaxing and therapeutic experience for mom and baby.

 

Stress Management and Emotional Benefits

 

How is stress relieved?

Massage and Myofascial Release reduce Cortisol levels in the body, a stress hormone, thereby reducing stress. Muscle relaxation and pain relief also suppress the sympathetic nervous system, the “fight or flight” mechanism. A restful session with a compassionate therapist brings hope and healing in a stressful world.

 

Can massage actually relieve depression and anxiety?

Yes. Massage promotes emotional well being and mental health by lowering stress hormones, (e.g., Cortisol), suppressing the sympathetic nervous system (“fight or flight” response) and physically relaxing tight muscles and fascia. Massage also increases levels of oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin in the body. These neurochemicals in your body stabilize your mood and lower stress. Regular massage therapy improves sleep, increases relaxation, decreases pain and improves function. Hope and healing from compassionate therapy is as beneficial to your mental health as it is to your physical health.

 

What if I have an emotional release?

We all have emotional experiences that may become stored in body tissue fibers. Effective bodywork may trigger the release of stored emotions, which may be very beneficial to your healing. Don’t be afraid of an emotional release—welcome the opportunity for healing. Your body will only allow release of the emotions that it is prepared to process. A skilled therapist will assist you to understand, be comfortable and guide you through an emotional release. Stored emotions may be the barrier to deeper healing and fuller health.

 

How Long, How Often

How long should a massage last?

That depends on what you want to accomplish. Some people view a one-hour massage as enough for relaxation and relief of mild stress or tension areas. A two-hour session provides maximum therapeutic relief of chronic pain, stress or tension through a full-body massage using various modalities. And in between those, an hour and a half session allows time for relief of tight muscles or persistent pain, plus dedicated relief of specific areas of discomfort.

A Swedish or Deep Tissue massage can fill any of those lengths, but for something more specialized like a Prenatal, Sports massage or additional Enhanced Therapies, it might be better to allow 90 or 120 minutes.

 

How often do I need a massage?

Think of once a month as your baseline. Times of extra physical or mental stress may call for more frequent sessions. Finding time can seem difficult when life is extremely busy, but it’s an investment that will pay off by helping you maintain your pre-stress levels of health and wellness. If you want the maximum benefit, twice a month is really optimal.

 

Types of Massage

What’s the best massage for a beginner?

 

 

What’s the difference between certain types of massage?

 

 

I work out and keep in shape. What type of massage is best for me?

 

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