Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Massage Information FAQs

What does ‘holistic massage’ mean?

The term ‘holistic’ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning whole.

The philosophy of holistic massage is to approach each person as a whole, taking into consideration a person’s complete physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. The goal is to restore balance within the body.

A holistic philosophy considers everything to be interconnected, including a persons’ physical body, along with their mental, emotional and spiritual health.

This means that if a person is experiencing neck pain, it may be the result of physical issues elsewhere in the body, tight back muscles or overused forearm muscles for example. Or it could be a result of mental or emotional stress due to a person or situation in one’s life that is literally “a pain in the neck!” Another example could be a person experiencing low back pain. This could be the result of tight hamstrings, or of emotional or mental stress due to a feeling of carrying a heavy load or burden in life.

These examples can also be taken to a deeper level of spiritual or energetic balance. Imbalances in the chakras, or energetic centers in the body, can be associated with physical pain. For example, neck pain can be associated with an imbalance in the throat (fifth) chakra, which is connected to communicating and expressing oneself clearly. Or, low back pain can be associated with an imbalance in the root (first) chakra, which is connected to feelings of belonging, security, and survival needs. Read more about chakras here.

What are the health benefits of massage?

Massage provides feedback about your body so you can make lifestyle adjustments. It also lets you take time for yourself. Clients often find that their muscles were tighter and more tender than they realized. We can help you learn how to listen to your body and determine which areas need work. There are many benefits to massage, both physical and emotional.

Massage therapy is beneficial for many health conditions, including:

• Low back pain
• Chronic sports injuries
• Arthritis
• Fatigue
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes
• Osteoarthritis
• Fibromyalgia
• Pain or tingling in arms or legs
• Headaches
• Insomnia
• Edema

Regular massage can help boost immunity, improve sleep, assist injury rehabilitation, increase mobility, and ease the side effects of cancer treatment. Massage can also help manage depression, as well as relieve symptoms of conditions that are aggravated by anxiety, such as asthma or insomnia.

Perhaps just as important, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension caused by our busy lives that can lead to disease and illness. Reducing stress gives you more energy, improves your outlook on life, and in the process reduces your likelihood of injury and illness.

How often should I receive a massage?

At least one massage session a month is recommended for stress prevention and physical maintenance. More frequent massage sessions may be needed during stressful periods or to treat chronic tightness.

When treating an acute injury, multiple massage sessions each week may help speed the recovery process and prevent scar tissue buildup.

Please contact us at 541.490.1444 and we will be happy to create a customized treatment plan for you.

I’m pregnant. Can I still get a massage?

Yes! We have massage therapists trained in prenatal massage. You will be positioned either on your side with lots of pillows for support and comfort, or face down with a special pregnancy cushion.

I have a terrible headache. Is that something massage can help with?

Absolutely! There are many different types and causes of headaches. Massage is very effective in alleviating many of these. Additionally, we can also incorporate aromatherapy using essential oils known to help alleviate headaches and migraines into your massage, such as frankincense, peppermint, chamomile, and wintergreen.

Are there any reasons why I should not get a massage?

There are some conditions during which you should not get a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not receive a massage:

•Blood clots
•Heart disease
•Infectious disease
•Kidney or liver disease
•Pregnancy-induced diabetes
•Severe cold/flu
•Some sores
•Systemic infections

These guidelines protect both the patient and the therapist. If you are unsure if a condition prohibits you from getting a massage, please contact us before your appointment.

How old do you have to be to get a massage? Can kids or elderly people get massages?

Massage is appropriate for people of all ages!

When working with elderly clients assistance is provided getting on and off the massage table if necessary and special care is taken to be gentle and attend to your individual needs.

Kids, especially the active ones we have in the Gorge, benefit from massage therapy just like Mom and Dad! In fact, we frequently work with child athletes. Children experiencing growing pains, such as the pain associated with Osgood Schlotter disease (knee pain associated with growth spurts in adolescents), benefit from regular massage as well.

Infants and babies can benefit from Craniosacral Therapy. More information can be found here .

Please call us at 541.490.1444 for more information.

Do you do deep tissue massage?

Yes! All of our massage therapists are well trained in deep tissue massage.

Do you do couples massages?

We offer simultaneous appointments for couples and groups, however we do not offer simultaneous appointments in the same room. If you cannot find the appointment times you are looking for online, please call us at 541-490-1444, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatic essential oils are known to promote physical and psychological well-being. For example, lavender has a balancing and calming effect, chamomile can be helpful for relieving seasonal allergy symptoms, and sandalwood soothes stress, anxiety, and can help alleviate insomnia.

When adding aromatherapy to a massage, you have the option to have the essential oils of your choice added to the massage lotion or oil you choose, and applied to part or all of your body. Or you may opt to have the oils placed in a location for you to inhale throughout your session. Aromatherapy adds another dimension to your massage, engaging more of your senses.

Add aromatherapy to any treatment for $5.

What is hot stone massage?

Warmed stones may either be directly placed on your body-along the spine, in the palms of hands, or on the soles of feet, or used as massage tools to warm and relax your muscles. The effects of this massage are long lasting and will leave you with a deep sensation of relaxation and well being.

Heated stones have been used for centuries in various healing ways. Stones, coming from the earth, inherently offer grounding and centering. The hot stones we use were collected along both the Oregon and Nova Scotia Coasts.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

This treatment involves a very light touch and works to restore balance to the craniosacral system in the body. More details can be found here.