Receiving a massage for the first time is a treat, but if you are unsure of what to expect or what is expected of you, it can be stressful. Below are some frequently asked questions to help put your mind at easy. You are also welcome to call us at 314-276-9882 and speak with our receptionist if you have additional questions or concerns.
Will a massage really help?
You wouldn’t work out once and say “Ok, now I’m fit!”; the same goes for massage. It may take an entire 60-minute session to work out one area of your body leaving the other areas still in need of care. So, while a single massage can provide benefits, the more frequently you receive them, the more long lasting those benefits will be. Receiving massage every 4 to 6 weeks can help your muscles stay loose, prevent injuries, and allow your mind to release stress.
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Will a massage hurt?
While there may be some discomfort when tight or tense muscles are massaged, it should be minimal with a primary focus on relaxation. If you feel yourself tightening up or feeling pain or discomfort for more than a moment, please tell your massage therapist so they can adjust the pressure. Likewise, communicating about any injuries can help minimize the risk of pain during and after your massage.
Will I be naked during my massage?
You will be asked to undress to your comfort level. For many people this means removing all clothing aside from lower body underwear, however completely disrobing is completing acceptable. Our professional massage therapists have been trained to drape sheets as needed to allow for modesty while still allowing access to the parts of your body receiving massage. If you are comfortable with full nudity, remember that our therapists will still use sheets to cover your private body areas. If you have specific concerns about being undressed, Indigo also offers Thai Yoga Massage, a fully-clothed method of stretching and relaxation which may be a better fit for you.
What is the proper term for a person who gives massages?
A massage therapist. To provide massage in Missouri, an individual must be a licensed massage therapist, which requires substantial training and adherence to a code of ethics. Indigo proudly employs a team of well-respected, licensed massage therapists.
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Can I work out on the same day I get a massage?
Yes, but to get the most benefit from your massage, it is best to work out before. Your muscles will likely be tired from the exercise but warmed up for the massage. Working out immediately after could cause strain to your body or result in your being tired and accidentally causing injury. It is best to wait 12-24 hours before exercising to let your muscles recover.
Should I be quiet or talk during my massage?
The purpose of massage is to have time to relax your mind and body. You are not obligated to maintain a conversation with your therapist. That being said, you are encouraged to communicate if you need something in order to be more comfortable. We are here to provide you with the best experience possible; knowing if you are too hot, too cold, in an awkward position, or need a moment to use the rest room is a key part of that.
What if I need to use the restroom while I’m in the middle of my massage?
Simply let your massage therapist know. They will provide you with a robe and step out of the room so that you can cover yourself and make your way to the restroom. Massage can also stimulate digestion, so it is not uncommon to pass gas during a session. No need to be embarrassed, it happens! If you are concerned about this happening, try avoiding high-fiber foods before your appointment.
How well-groomed do I need to be for a massage?
While we ask our clients to be mindful of cleanliness and hygiene, you are neither expected nor required to remove body hair, have manicured fingers, or styled hair. These are personal decisions that do not impact your massage. Be comfortable! Be you!
Should I tip my massage therapist?
Similar to dining at a restaurant with a server, it is customary to leave an 18% – 25% gratuity. You can either hand it directly to your therapist after your massage, or ask the receptionist to ensure it is given to them.
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