Hot or Cold?

Hot or Cold?

Q: Is it better to apply hot or cold when you have pain? A: This is a loaded question without an easy answer but, as a general rule, ice is best for acute injuries and inflammation and heat is best for sore muscles and stiffness. It all depends on the type of injury,...
No Pain No Gain? NO WAY!!!

No Pain No Gain? NO WAY!!!

Q: I believe in the “No Pain, No Gain” idea and usually don’t speak up when a therapist is hurting me. I find bodywork to be more effective when it’s deep and painful. Is this true? A: ABSOLUTELY NOT!! Pain is how your body signals you to back...
Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Q: Is there any way to minimize the aches and pains of pregnancy between massage treatments? A: Pregnancy produces some profound bodily changes in a very short space of time. Muscles and joints are having to continually adjust as the baby grows in order to move and...
What to Wear

What to Wear

Q: I’m never sure how much to take off/leave on for a massage treatment. What’s generally appropriate? A: It’s really up to the individual how much clothing is removed. Most swedish massage techniques use oil or lotion so skin-on-skin contact is...
Stuffy Nose

Stuffy Nose

Q: Why does my nose always get stuffed up when I get a massage? A: Almost everybody gets congested when they are in the “face down” or prone position. This happens due to the location of your sinuses and their ducts which are located in the front of your...