Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic massage is a holistic practice of working with soft tissues of the body (skin, fascia, and muscle) to improve range of motion, daily living, and balance throughout the body.

What is a typical massage process?

In a typical massage session, one can expect the following:

To complete a health intake form: This allows the therapist to know upfront if there are any modalities or techniques that should not be used and any conditions that may require modification to the massage. 

Depending on the massage, the practitioner will ask you to either undress or lay on the mat or table fully clothed. The practitioner will always work with what you are comfortable with. If you don't want to undress, you don't have to. Some modalities do work better undressed, but your comfort is always the main priority. You will be covered with a sheet or fully clothed (in cases of Thai, CranioSacral, Reiki or Shiatsu) throughout the entire massage.

Once the massage is completed, the practitioner will leave the room and invite you to dress.

Payment for the service will be due at the time of the service and can be provided either before or after the session. 

Can I bring my own lotion?

Lotion, oil, cream or lubricant will be provided by Rise Bodywork and Massage Therapy for use during sessions. However, outside products can be brought and used in the session at the therapist's discretion.

What if I am late or can't make it?

Rise Bodywork and Massage Therapy requires 24 hours' notice for cancelation of an appointment. No shows or same day cancelations will be charged 1/2 of the service cost.

Late appointments will receive the remainder of the service time or may choose to reschedule subject to the no show/cancelation fee. Full service time may be available at the therapist's discretion.

Is massage covered by insurance/
Do you accept insurance?

In some cases, massage may be covered by insurance, but often it is not. Checking with your insurance provider will help you to know whether your plan covers massage, as all plans very. Most HSA or health savings cards work for massage and are accepted.

We are happy to provide you with a copy of your session notes and a receipt to submit to your insurance company. We do not bill insurance at this time. 

When shouldn't I get a massage and why?

Do not get a massage if experiencing these conditions:

  • Fever

  • Communicable disease

  • Rash/skin condition of unknown origin

  • At least 6 weeks post surgery

  • Unmanaged/uncontrolled chronic medical conditions

  • Poison Ivy

  • If prohibited by medical team

  • Intoxication

These conditions may require modification, but massage is likely okay:

  • Broken bones (avoiding the area of injury)

  •  Cuts, bruises

  • Localized injuries

  • Pregnancy

  • Cancer

  • Chronic Medical conditions approved by a doctor

  • Medications

The above is not an extensive list. Please consult your doctor and massage therapist if you have questions or concerns about receiving massage.

It is important to notify your therapist of any conditions in which a session may need to be rescheduled or modified for the safety of the therapist and client.

What are the benefits of massage?

Benefits of massage include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased circulation

  • Increased range of motion

  • Increased mobility

  • Enhanced respiratory function

  • Enhanced sleep performance

  • Decreased anxiety and depression

  • Decreased stress