Frequently Asked Questions

When should I NOT get a massage?

In general, there are few instances where you wouldn’t book a massage. Those include having a fever, cold/flu, or a contagious illness/skin infection. There are many other conditions that your therapist may need to adapt their techniques (ex. arthritis) or avoid an area completely (ex. cuts or burns). This doesn’t mean you cannot get a massage, it is just good to remember to tell your massage therapist about any condition you have so we can adapt accordingly.

How will I feel after my massage?

You will most likely feel very relaxed. You also may notice an increase in range of motion where there wasn’t as much motion before. If you had a deep tissue massage, you may feel sore the next day. That is normal, it will pass within a day or two. Remember to keep hydrated, that will help with the post-massage soreness and keep your tissues healthy and hydrated.

Do we have to listen to the music?

No! Each therapist has volume control in their room, so if you like a quiet environment, you can definitely request to have no music. You can also request to have the volume turned up or down.

Can I talk during my massage?

Yes. If talking to your therapist is how you want to spend your hour that is perfectly fine. However, if you don’t want to talk at all that is okay too. And remember- if you want the pressure or massage changed in ANY way, speak up!

How often should I get massage?

It depends. Getting a massage on a regular basis is optimal. ‘Regular basis’ can mean different things depending on the person and their condition. If you have an injury that you want to heal, your therapist may recommend once a week for a couple weeks and then decrease from there as your body heals. Our goal is to get each client to a maintenance stage, coming less frequently. For some people maintenance is once a month, others it is once every six weeks and yet others it is once every two weeks. It varies from person to person and your therapist will let you know what they think is best for you.

Will the massage hurt?

It depends what you are coming to get a massage for. If you are receiving a full body, relaxation massage, that should not hurt. The therapist will use less pressure and the goal is for you to relax. If you are receiving a deep tissue massage, the pressure is usually deeper and your therapist will be trying to relieve the tension in your muscles, so there may be some hurt. However, there is a ‘feel good hurt’ and an ‘ouch hurt’. When you have the ‘ouch hurt’ you tend to tense up, reacting against what we are trying to accomplish. So, we would rather have the ‘good hurt’ and keep your body relaxed, producing some results of less tension in your tissues. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body’s natural response, not against it.

Do you accept same day appointments?

Yes! If we have availability in one of our massage therapist’s schedules, we can definitely schedule you the same day.

What do I do during the massage session?

Make yourself comfortable. If you are not comfortable, adjust. Your therapist wants to make sure you get the full benefit of a massage and that begins with your comfort level. Try to relax the best you can, and if you have questions about anything, never hesitate to ask.

What should I expect during my first visit at Tree of Life?

Please arrive 15 minutes early, to fill out a health history form. Afterward your therapist will begin by asking you general questions to make sure you are getting the areas worked on that are bothering you. We will also ask if you have any specific conditions that need to be addressed, or health concerns. It is important to tell your therapist all of your health concerns so that we can adapt the massage to your specific needs without causing you any harm. Also remember to list any allergies, so we can make sure the lotion we use is safe for you.

How long are the massages at Tree of Life?

Every massage is exactly how long we say they are. Making us unique, we will give you a full 60 minute massage when you book an hour and a full 90 minute massage when that is booked.

Do I have to take my clothes off for massage?

Undress to the level of your comfort. However, it is easier for your massage therapist to relieve your pain and tension if you take your clothes off for your massage. A lot of people leave their underwear on. Your therapist will work around any clothing that is left on to the best of their ability.

Should I tip my massage therapist?

Tips are always greatly appreciated. However, do not feel like you have to tip. We would rather you come more often for a massage and not tip then feel like you have to tip every time.

Can I use a card to tip my massage therapist at Tree of Life?

Yes, tips can be added to your credit card.