Frequently Asked Questions: Massage

Whether it’s your first massage ever, or you’re an old pro at the art of getting massage, here’s your page for FAQ about Watershed Massage.

Q: How much time should I budget for a session?
A: We budget enough time for each session to allow us to understand what your massage needs are, check in with how life is going, and get you rescheduled after your massage. This means that we allot enough time for all of that plus the full 60 minutes of massage. You can expect to be out of here usually within an hour and fifteen minutes.

Q: How much does massage cost at Watershed?
You can find a full list of our prices, as well as scheduling, here: <link to schedulicity services page>

Q: Will I have to get naked?
A: It’s up to you! We’ve been trained to provide maximum comfort to you, so whatever you prefer is fine with us. Do know, however, that we observe proper draping as mandated by the state of Oregon. This means that we won’t be seeing anything that we don’t need to be seeing.

Q: What sort of after-massage care should I expect?
A: Depending on your massage needs for the day, you might expect a little soreness after your massage. Sometimes this doesn’t happen until the second day after your massage. Stay hydrated, use heat if it feels good to you, and your soreness shouldn’t last more than a day or two. If you are so sore that you are cursing us a couple of days later, we need to know and adjust our pressure accordingly for the next session.

Q: What insurance plans do you accept?
A: We currently accept Moda/ODS, BC/BS Regence, Aetna, Cigna and Kaiser/CHP
Eric is able to also take Providence. It’s always a good idea to both check your insurance benefits and with us to make sure that we’re able to bill for you before you come in for your appointment.

Q: What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit? Please see our article hereĀ 

Q: What do I do during a massage treatment?
A: It’s up to you! Most people like to relax and take the time to be quiet and experience the massage. Sometimes it takes awhile to clear your head from busy, every day thoughts. Taking deep, conscious breaths helps. If we need to check in with you about a specific technique we are doing, we will. Otherwise, we’ll leave you to relax and let us know if something needs to be different.

Q: Will the massage hurt?
A: Depending on the focus of the massage, there are times when what we are doing will be uncomfortable. It all hangs on what brings you in that day. If you are coming in for a relaxation massage, we’re not going to push you. If you are coming in with a specific ailment that you’d like to be addressed, the massage has the potential to be a little uncomfortable at times. At no point during the massage should you be gritting your teeth to get through something we are doing. If you are feeling discomfort to the point of tensing up, we’ll ease up. If we don’t, let us know! No hard feelings. We’re not of the philosophy of “no pain, no gain” and certainly have techniques that allow us to get the work done with minimal discomfort.

Q: How often should I get a massage?
A: Your Massage Therapist will have some thoughts on this, depending on what you come in with. If you are dealing with a high stress job and feel that massage gives you the space to feel less stress, come in as often as works for you. If you are feeling an acute muscular pain, we might ask you to come in a little more often to begin with and then taper you down to a regular maintenance schedule. On average, most people come in once every two to four weeks for massage therapy.

Q: Can I talk during my session?
A: Sure! You are welcome to talk if you like during your session. We won’t be the ones to initiate conversation if you’d like to have a quieter session. If you feel like being chatty, that’s fine with us.

Q: Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?
A: Nope. We’re happy to take requests. If you have music on your phone you’d like to listen to, let us know and we’ll put it on. We’re always happy to have a change from the pan flute.

Q: How will I feel after my massage treatment?
A: Most people leave their treatment feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, and with less muscular tension. Many of our clients have reported having emotional responses later that day. Massage can be a powerful release for a lot of people, and it can bring up some interesting things. Be kind to yourself and allow for whatever comes up. Hopefully you’ll feel more relaxed and in less pain than when you came in. If this isn’t the case, let us know what we can do to make your next session better.

Q: When should I not get a massage?
A: Don’t come in if you are sick. We’re not going to help you feel any better. If you are towards the end of a cold and feel like it’s on the way out, you should be fine. If you are feverish, or if you have any discoloration in your mucus, you should reschedule. If you have any skin issues that are easily transmitted via touch, please treat before coming in. Otherwise, we’re able to work around pretty much everything else.

Q: What if I get an erection during my massage?
A: It happens. We’re pretty clear about not offering any sort of sexual touch during our treatments, so we are going to err on the side of you having a physiological response to relaxation. If we get a hint of something else going on, we’ll address it at the time. Otherwise, not to worry, it happens.

Written by Watershed Team


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