Mary K. Francis, LMT

Frequently Asked Q​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​uestions

Do I have to completely undress?

The standard answer is that you may undress to your level of comfort. You will be given complete privacy to undress and will be securely draped with a blanket during the massage. This is your massage, and while it is easier and more effective to do massage with the client unclothed, we can adjust the massage to work through clothing if necessary. ​​​​​​​

Should I check with my doctor before getting a massage?

Massage is very safe, especially when performed by an experienced, licensed professional. It's not entirely risk-free, however.  Massage can be hazardous for anyone with deep vein thrombosis, burns, skin inflections, rashes or inflammation, uncontrolled blood pressure, or advanced osteoporosis as a few conditions. Cancer patients should consult with their oncologists about the safety of massage therapy as there may be a greater risk of adverse effects. If you’re unsure, it’s always a good idea to check. Your therapist will thank you.

Does massage have to be “deep” to be effective?

There is a misconception that massage has to be deep, hard or painful in order to be effective. This simply isn’t true. While some massage modalities can be more uncomfortable than others, causing pain or too much discomfort can actually be counterproductive to effective massage therapy.  Some of the gentlest therapies are often the most effective. It is important to communicate your preferences with your therapist and it is always all right to request that your therapist work deeper or lighter depending on your preference. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Should I make conversation during a massage?

Truthfully, this is up to you. It’s your massage experience and a professional massage therapist will take their cue from you.

Can a single massage “fix” me?

This depends on your goals for massage therapy. If you are dealing with chronic issues, such as migraines or insomnia, then regular massage may be needed to effectively work as a tool in your healing. If you’re just looking to relax in a stress-free environment occasionally, that’s okay, too. ​​​​​​​

How often should I get a massage?

Again, this depends on your reason for getting a massage. Once a month is standard for relaxation. Chronic conditions often require more frequency. It’s important to talk with your massage therapist to work out the correct frequency for your particular needs. ​​​​​​​

Can massage help me lose weight?

Massage isn’t a substitute for healthy eating and exercise, but it can lower levels of cortisol, the stress-eating hormone. High levels of cortisol make weight gain more likely. So in effect, yes, massage can help you on your weight loss journey.  It is also a great treat to gift yourself instead of food or as a present to yourself upon reaching a goal. ​​​​​​​

Will I get a full 60 minutes if I book a 1-hour massage?

Yes, you receive the full amount of treatment time that you pay for.  You are not charged for the intake and interview process, or for the time it takes you to dress or undress. 

Why is massage so expensive? 

That’s a great question. When compared to other types of therapy, massage can be a very affordable addition to managing your overall wellbeing. What is expensive is missed work and incidental expenses from stress-related illnesses. Massage is a valuable tool in your stress-management journey and an investment in your wellness.

I have more questions; how can I ask you directly?

I'm always happy to answer any question you may have. Feel free to call or contact me here.