Harmonizing Body & Mind
Harmonizing Body & Mind
 

What can I expect on my first visit?

Your visit will consist of an initial intake lasting around 15 minutes. This will give the therapist an opportunity to assess your needs, preferences and requirements. Typically your first session will be on the lighter side as the therapist attunes themselves to your body.  If you receive massage regularly, you may request deeper work.  

Can anyone get a massage?

Massages can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions but you should check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. If you currently suffer from any of the following conditions, massage is NOT a safe option for you. Massage may be safe and effective for many of the conditions listed below so long as they are in a mild, sub-acute or remissive state. Eastern Sun Therapeutics reserves the right to receive prior written permission from a physician before scheduling a massage for certain conditions. Please call for additional information (303) 324-9742.

 

  • A fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher  
  • Contagious or infectious diseases, including any cold or flu no matter how mild it may seem. 
  • Recent operations or acute injuries  
  • Neuritis  
  • Contagious skin diseases  
  • Acute MS or other autoimmune diseases (during flare ups)
  • Recent heart attack, stroke or blood clot
  • Recent diagnosis (last 3 months) of diabetes or uncontrolled diabetes
  • Advanced osteoporosis 
  • Untreated hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Advanced arthritis
  • Untreated psychological disorders such as borderline personality, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Advanced heart disease
  • Advanced pulmonary diseases such as COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema 
  • Individuals with pacemakers
  • Severe epilepsy
  • Systemic edema

 

Massage may be performed avoiding particular areas of the body for the following conditions:  

  • Varicose veins 
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps  
  • Bruising, cuts, abrasions and sunburn  
  • Undiagnosed local pain  
  • Local Inflammation
  • Local edema (not related to heart conditions)
  • Eczema or psoriasis

 

 Massage Therapists, by law, are not allowed to diagnosis any condition. 

Are there any side effects to massage?

Everybody responds differently to massage. You may experience none or some of the following symptoms. These symptoms usually pass in a few hours. In the rare event you feel increasingly agitated, angry or emotionally unstable, please seek immediate emergency medical care.  

 

  • A period of increased drowsiness or inability to focus
  • A period of increased energy
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea 
  • A period of increased anxiety, anger or emotional imbalance (crying, laughing)
  • Feeling physically unstable, unbalanced or tripping (common after myofascial release or orthopedic work as your proprioceptors reorient themselves)
  • Feeling as though you have loose joints  
  • General muscle soreness 

 

Increasing your water consumption after massage, as well as avoiding alcohol, sedatives, caffeine, nicotine, salty or sugary foods may decrease recovery time. 

 

To avoid injury, it is a good idea to refrain from strenuous physical activity after massage. (Excluding Pre-event Sports Massage) 

What should I bring to my massage? Do I need to prepare ahead of time?

All you need to bring is yourself. If you are receiving a Zen Shiatsu massage or Sports Massage you should wear light, comfortable, loose fitting clothes such as t-shirts and gym shorts/pants. 

 

Please shower or bathe 24 hours prior to your massage. 

What kind of lotion do you use?

We us only natural organic massage cremes from Zen Organics and Sacred Earth Botanicals. This ensures your skin receives the best possible treatment without oily residues, chemical enhancers, animal byproducts and fragrances. 

Do I have to get undressed?

You should only undress to your level of comfort. Most massage modalities may be modified to accommodate clothing. Individuals usually undress completely or to their undergarments (briefs, boxers, panties and bras). We will provide you with a private room to undress and dress. Your body will be draped at all times during the massage with only the parts being worked exposed. Your privacy is of utmost concern and techniques can be modified upon request.

What if I begin to feel uncomfortable during the massage?

If you feel uncomfortable with any massage or draping technique (the way the sheets are placed over your body), please let your therapist know immediately. We are here to provide you with a relaxing, comfortable and safe massage. 

 

Some male clients worry about getting aroused during a massage. I wish I could say "don't worry, it won't happen." The truth is; it may. If it does; relax. Massage Therapists are trained professionals and will either, (a) move to another part of your body (the arms or legs which provide a grounding effect), or, (b) leave the room to give you a chance to relax. Your massage will continue once you are ready. It is important to note that this is a natural response of the body to physical contact (especially in the abdominal region); not to be confused with a sexual arousal response.

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