Q & A

When to Avoid Getting A Massage

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?


Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.

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What’s the difference between Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy?

Both massage and bodywork therapists manipulate their clients’ soft tissues to promote and maintain health. Though these practices have a great deal in common, bodyworkers tend to focus on pain relief and restoring body function. Massage therapists can also help clients meet these goals but place a greater emphasis on relaxation, stress reduction, and overall well-being



Who should I book with for my first session? 


Each Licensed Massage Therapist at KPMT specializes in different modalities. We have specifically hand picked a "team" of therapists whom work together in order to get you back on track with your wellness goals. After listening to your goals we will be able to customize every session. Trying each therapist will give you a chance to experience our style. The more experienced therapists you have to work with, the better your body will feel. 


Is it okay to talk during a massage session?

You should always feel free to express any discomfort when receiving a massage. However, avoid intense chatting with your massage therapist during your session; this can lead to increased muscular tension and limit the effectiveness of your massage experience.

The amount of communication you should engage in during your massage depends on your goals for the session. If you want a relaxing massage, talk as little as necessary and let your mind and body enter a meditative state. You can even practice mindful breathing, which lowers muscular tension and increases the benefits of your massage.


On the other hand, if you’ve asked your massage therapist to use increased pressure and deep-tissue techniques to help you recover from an injury, communication is key. Be sure to give your practitioner regular feedback on the amount of pressure you need and which specific areas feel painful or tight.


What happens if I fall asleep during my massage?

It’s quite common for people to fall asleep during relaxing massages. Massage therapists typically take this as a compliment and a sign that they’re providing maximum relaxation to their clients. Enjoy your massage experience and don’t expect yourself to stay awake and alert at all times. Many clients allow their bodies and minds to “reset” in deeply relaxing states.


What if my stomach growls during a massage—or worse?

Massage therapists create “judgment-free zones” with their clients and understand that massages can sometimes lead to clients making strange noises, passing gas, or even have deeply emotional experiences. If you feel the need to laugh, cry, or even tremble, your practitioner will understand and may ask you if you want to continue the massage or take a break.



Will I be naked during my massage?

No matter what type of massage you receive, you’re in charge of how much you undress during your massage therapy session. Talk with your practitioner before your massage and specify the areas of your body on which you want them to work—and which to avoid. Your massage therapist will only expose the parts of your body they’re working on—never your breasts or genitals. If you feel uncomfortable with your massage, you can pause or stop it at any time.

Before your massage, your therapist will give you a sheet to cover yourself with and allow you to undress privately and employ proper “draping” techniques once they begin your massage.

Additionally, it should be noted that not all massage and bodywork techniques require the client to undress such as Active Release Therapy with David Edwards-Smith.


What do I do during a massage treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.

Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time



How long will a massage treatment last?


The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60 to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.


How often should I get a massage?

"Some is better than none." What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you.

However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place. 

Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues


Do you have Insurance you want to bill for your massage or ART session?
Well we can't do that for you, but you can! Make sure your insurance has your referral from your Doctor or Chiropractor. On the back of your insurance card there is an address under a header that usually reads Submit To: Send your referral

(if not already on file) and receipt(s) to this address and voila! You have billed your insurance, you can sit back and await reimbursement. 

Massage is a relatively low risk form of therapy. However, there are certain conditions which are contraindicated for massage therapy.

Please help us keep our office and other clients healthy. Avoid visiting when you have symptoms of a communicable disease. Including but not limited to:

    •    Fever

    •    Chills

    •    Sore throat

    •    Cough

    •    Runny Nose

    •    Nausea/vomiting


Please call the office if you have questions on whether or not you should re-schedule your appointment. 907.420.0820



Massage Contraindications

That Require A Physician Clearance

    •    Acromegaly

    •    Aneurysm

    •    Atherosclerosis

    •    Burns

    •    Cancer

    •    Cerebrovascular accident

    •    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    •    Congestive heart failure

    •    Coronary artery disease

    •    Hemophilia

    •    Hodgkin’s disease

    •    Kidney stones

    •    Leukemia

    •    Myasthenia gravis

    •    Nephrosis

    •    Peritonitis

    •    Polycystic kidney disease

    •    Uremia

Massage Contraindications – Local

(Therapist Must Avoid The Area)

    •    Abdominal diastasis

    •    Abnormal lumps

    •    Acne vulgaris

    •    Athlete’s foot

    •    Blister

    •    Bruise

    •    Carpal tunnel syndrome (if inflamed)

    •    Colitis

    •    Cretinism

    •    Crohn’s disease

    •    Cystitis

    •    Decubitus ulcers

    •    Diverticular diseases

    •    Folliculitis

    •    Foreign objects embedded in the skin such as

          glass, pencil lead and metal

    •    Furuncle/carbuncle

    •    Goiter

    •    Gouty arthritis

    •    Graves disease

    •    Hernia such as hiatal, femoral, inguinal

          and umbilical

    •    Herpes simplex

    •    Hyperthyroidism

    •    Hypothyrodism

    •    Impetigo

    •    Irritable bowel syndrome

    •    Local inflammation

    •    Onychomycosis

    •    Open wounds

    •    Paronychia

    •    Phlebitis

    •    Polyps

    •    Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac

          (unless affected area is widespread, in which

          case it is an absolute contraindication)

    •    Seborrhea keratosis

    •    Shingles

    •    Spina bifida

    •    Swollen lymph glands

    •    Thrombophlebitis

    •    Ulcers

    •    Unhealed burns and wounds

    •    Varicose veins

    •    Wart

Massage Contraindications – Absolute

(Under No Circumstance Is Massage Advised)

    •    Appendicitis

    •    Autoimmune diseases (during flare up)

    •    Cardiac arrest

    •    Chickenpox

    •    Cholecystitis (during flare up)

    •    Cirrhosis of the liver (if due to viral agent)

    •    Contact dermatitis

    •    Diarrhea (if due to infection)

    •    Embolism

    •    Encephalitis

    •    Fever

    •    Gallstones (during attack)

    •    German measles

    •    Gout (acute phase)

    •    Hemorrhage

    •    Hepatitis

    •    Hives

    •    Hypertension (if not controlled by diet,

          exercise, and/or medication)

    •    Infectious diseases

    •    Influenza

    •    Intestinal obstruction

    •    Jaundice

    •    Lice

    •    Lupus (during flare up)

    •    Measles

    •    Meningitis

    •    Migraine headache (during episode)

    •    Mononucleosis

    •    Multiple sclerosis

    •    Mumps

    •    Pancreatitis

    •    Pericarditis

    •    Pharyngitis (due to infection)

    •    Pleurisy (if caused by infectious agent)

    •    Pneumonia

    •    Preeclampsia

    •    Psychiatric diagnoses of manic depressive

          psychosis, schizophrenic psychosis, and paranoid


    •    Pulmonary embolism

    •    Pyelonephritis

    •    Rabies

    •    Recent injury

    •    Recent surgery

    •    Respiratory distress syndrome

    •    Under the influence of drugs or alcohol

There may be other conditions not mentioned in this list which massage therapy is contraindicated.

When in doubt, DON’T.  If you suffer from a particular illness and are unsure if it safe for you to receive  massage therapy, please check with your medical doctor before scheduling an appointment

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