Frequently Asked Questions About Massage

Below are some frequently asked questions concerning massage therapy.  If you do
not see your questions listed here, please feel free to contact us with your individual
concerns.  Either call (937) 219-6335 or email your questions to:         

  1.      What should I expect during my first massage therapy appointment?
  2.      Should I get a massage or not?
  3.      Why should I get a massage?
  4.      Where will my massage take place?
  5.      How do I know if the massage clinic I selected is legitimate?
  6.      What do I wear during a massage?
  7.      How does a massage feel?
  8.      What if I fall asleep during my massage?
  9.      Can massage hurt? Is there anything I can do to prevent it?
  10.      How often should I get a massage?
  11.      Should I talk during my massage?
  12.      Should I tip my massage therapist?
  13.      Is massage sexual in nature?


1.        What should I expect during my first massage therapy appointment?

It is best to prepare for a massage by arriving freshly showered, if possible.  Try to only
eat lightly prior to your massage or wait at least one hour after eating.    It is also a
good idea to be well hydrated, so try to drink plenty of water during the 24 hours prior
to your massage.  For the maximum benefit, it is recommended that you refrain from
alcohol or drug use prior to a session.  Your massage will also be more comfortable if
you remove jewelry, especially necklaces.  Cell phones should be turned off.

Upon arriving at Healing Connection Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, you will be
asked to fill out a client health history form.  This is important for several reasons.  With
the information on this form, we can determine if you have any conditions that may
affect how the massage is given, check to see if you are on any medications that may
influence how your body reacts to the massage and discuss areas of your body where
you experience more pain.  All of the information on this form is kept in strictest
confidence and is designed to help your therapist choose which type of massage best
fits your needs.

After discussing your information, you will be given privacy to undress.  Your massage
therapist will give you directions as to whether you will begin your massage lying on
your stomach or your back.  All clients undress to their individual level of comfort which
will be explained to you by your therapist.  You always begin the massage lying
between the sheets, covered up.  The therapist will knock before re-entering the room
to make sure you are on the table and covered with the sheets and blankets.  At all
times, only the area that is being worked on will be uncovered.

Typically, massage creams, lotions or oils are used.  Please inform your therapist of
any sensitivities/allergies you may have.  

During your massage, you just relax and de-stress! You may be given instructions by
your therapists to adjust your position or to take a deep breath in/out to facilitate
stretches.  The therapist may stretch or rotate muscles/joints…..just relax and don’t try
to help!

Some people prefer to just close their eyes and relax during a massage, others prefer
to talk.  It is totally up to you.  Feel free to ask your therapist questions at any time.  Do
not hesitate to tell us if we are using too much pressure, not enough pressure or if you
are uncomfortable in any way.  We want your massage experience to be relaxing and

Upon completion of your massage, the therapist will leave the room to give you privacy
to dress.  Get up from the table slowly.  When you are finished dressing, open the door
and return to the lobby area.  Feel free to get a cup of water to help flush out any
toxins released from your muscles during massage and help prevent soreness.  
Payment is made at the conclusion of your massage.  We accept checks and cash only.

2.        Should I get a massage or not?

There are some medical conditions that would make receiving a massage
inappropriate.  That is why it is so important that you fill out your medical history forms
completely and discuss any conditions and medications with your therapist before your
session begins.  If you are under the care of a doctor, it is strongly recommended that
you get your doctor’s approval before undergoing a massage treatment.  In some
situations, you may be required to have written approval from your doctor.

Massage should be avoided if you have any of these conditions:
•        Infections and diseases including colds or flu
•        Fever
•        High-risk pregnancy
•        Immediately following chemotherapy or radiation (instead, choose to have
your massage BEFORE receiving chemotherapy or radiation)
•        Liver or kidney disease
•        Blood clots or clotting disorders
•        Heart disease
•        High Blood Pressure (unless under control w/ medication)
•        Bleeding, burns or acute injuries.
•        Fractures, sprains or strains that are in the acute phase (after the injury is
no longer in the acute phase, massage may help increase mobility, reduce
scar tissue formation and swelling. Please check with your doctor.)
•        Rashes or contagious skin conditions

Some conditions only require that a certain area of the body be avoided.  Please
inform your massage therapist if you have any of the following conditions so that the
appropriate steps may be taken:

•        Warts, small sores/wounds/burns
•        Varicose veins (therapist will only be able to massage above the varicosity
to avoid releasing a blood clot)

If you are in doubt as to whether it is appropriate to receive a massage, please feel
free to discuss this with your massage therapist prior to booking an appointment. You
may contact Robin at (937) 219-6335 with any questions.

3.        Why should I get a massage?

There are many healthy benefits to receiving massage therapy on a regular basis.
Here are just a few that may be experienced:
*Relieves stress & promotes relaxation
*Improves circulation and lymph flow
*Helps manage pain
*Improves flexibility and range of motion
*Manage muscle soreness after exercise
*Improves posture
*Relief from headache pain
*Improves rehabilitation after injury

For more information & research concerning the benefits of massage therapy, please
visit the Touch Research Institute at  They have
conducted research into the benefits of massage as it pertains to the following
conditions, and many more:
*Back Pain
*Blood Pressure
*Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
*Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
*Fibromyalgia Syndrome
*Job Performance and Stress
*Migraine Headaches
*Multiple Sclerosis
*Parkinson’s Disease

4.       Where will my massage take place?

Our massage rooms are decorated in restful colors and are warm, peaceful and quiet.
Soft music will be played to help you relax.  We have heating pads on the tables for
your comfort and bolsters or pillows are used to protect your knees and back.  A face
rest is used in the face down position so that your neck and shoulder muscles will relax
properly.  If at any point you feel uncomfortable with the temperature, the position of
the table or bolsters, or the pressure being used by the therapist, please feel free to
make your concerns known.  We want your massage to be a relaxing, beneficial

5.        How do I know if the massage clinic I selected is legitimate?

When you are selecting a massage clinic or spa, it is important to ask the following

* Do you offer therapeutic massage?
*Have your massage therapists graduated from an accredited medical
massage school?
*Are your massage therapists licensed by the State of Ohio Medical Board?  
to verify the licensure of a massage therapist, you can check the Ohio
Medical Boards website:        
* Do your massage therapists belong to a professional organization such as the
AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association  

Robin Albright, LMT graduated from the Dayton School of Medical Massage in April
2007.  She has been a member of the
AMTA since 2007.
Ohio License # 33.016125 (Roberta Albright)

6.        What do I wear during a massage?

We instruct our clients to undress to their level of comfort.  Some clients prefer to leave
their underwear on, some do not.  Regardless of what articles of clothing you decide to
leave on, the only part of your body that is uncovered is the specific area that is being
massaged.  Please feel free to discuss any concerns with your massage therapist.

For your comfort, it is best that you remove all jewelry and tie long hair back so that it is
out of the way.  All cell phones should be turned off or placed in vibration mode.

7.        How does a massage feel?

How a massage feels usually depends on the techniques being used.  In general, most
massages begin with a basic Swedish massage stroke called “effleurage”.  This is
usually a simple gliding stroke done with a flat open palm or loose fist.  It is used to
help spread the massage lotion, to prepare the tissue and to get the blood flowing.  As
your body relaxes, the pressure will be increased to relax specific areas of muscular
tension.  Massage cream, oil or lotions are used so that the massage does not cause
excessive friction on the skin.  Please do not hesitate to tell the therapist if you feel any
discomfort or if the pressure being used is too deep.

8.        What if I fall asleep during my massage?

Sometimes clients get so relaxed during a massage that they fall asleep.  Do not be
embarrassed, it happens quite frequently.  You will still receive all the benefits of

9.        Can massage hurt? Is there anything I can do to prevent it?

Although it is common to feel some discomfort when receiving massage, especially in
the areas where you carry the most tension, we do not want to cause pain!  If what you
are experiencing crosses the line from “hurts so good” into actual pain, please let your
therapist know immediately.

It is common for clients to be sore the day after their massage, especially if it is their
first massage.  This usually feels different than your usual muscle pain.  Most clients
describe it as feeling more like a slight bruise or ache.  This usually goes away after a
day.  You can help prevent this by drinking water before and after your massage.  
Drinking water prior to a massage means that you are starting your massage with
muscles that are hydrated.  Drinking plenty of water after your massage helps you
“flush out” toxins that have been released from the tissues during your massage.  

10.        How often should I get a massage?

Every individual is different and it depends on what issues you  need to have
addressed.  Here is a quick guideline:

Once a month:  This is ideal for maintenance once specific
issues have been resolved or if you are wanting basic  
relaxation.  Generally, if you wait longer than a month between
massages, you are starting over each time and much progress is

Every Two weeks:  If you have specific issues or stresses in
your life, getting a massage every two weeks helps alleviate your
aches and pains before they get too serious.

Every week:  If you have chronic pain or are going through periods
of unusual stress, massage once a week may help get things under
control more quickly.  

11.        Should I talk during my massage?

It is important that your massage experience be a positive one.  Most people close their
eyes and “zone out”, while  others prefer to talk. It is totally up to you.  We want you to
feel that you may ask questions at any time. Let us know if anything is uncomfortable
or painful, if your are too warm or too cold, if you prefer different music, if the  
pressure we are using is too deep or too light or if you have any other questions or

12.        Should I tip my massage therapist?

Tipping is not required but is always appreciated!

13.        Is massage sexual in nature?

Absolutely not!  Even though some people equate touch with sex, massage therapy is
strictly non-sexual!  Do not ask and do not make an appointment if that is what you are
looking for.

If you make any sort of sexual suggestions, your massage will be terminated
immediately and you will be charged the full cost for the massage.  We are licensed
medical professionals and we treat only non-sexual disorders of the body.
Healing Connection
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Healing Connection Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
2555 S. Dixie Dr., Suite 102
Kettering, OH  45409
We are local to Kettering, Centerville, Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg,
Oakwood, and Dayton.