Arlington, MA | phone: (339) 368-0375

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When should I get a massage?

Any time is a good time to get a massage. You don't need to wait until you're stressed or injured. Too often I see clients who wait until they reach this state to see me. Massage works wonders as preventive care for a person's body and mind. Instead of waiting until your back hurts from overwork or stress, or the headaches that start at the back of your skull begin to pound, or the stress of every day life makes you want to lose your sanity, get a massage before these things happen. A regular massage is a wonderful way to cope with stress, both physical and emotional, and to keep it from causing discomfort or harm to your body.

If you've found yourself dealing with a nagging minor injury, sore muscles, or are completely stressed out, schedule a massage and see what I can do for you. First, check out the next question in the FAQ.

When should I not get a massage?

There are several contraindications for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage:

    • Fever
    • Any type of infectious disease
    • Systemic infections
    • Severe cold
    • Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
    • Liver and kidney diseases
    • Blood clot
    • Pregnancy-induced diabetes, toxemia, preeclampsia/eclampsia
    • High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
    • Heart disease
    • Open skin lesions or sores (I may work around them if localized)

The guidelines here are pretty straightforward. You don't want the massage to make an underlying medical condition worse, and you don't want to pass anything contagious to me. If you're unsure about whether a minor condition should prohibit you from getting a massage, call me before your appointment. If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your doctor before proceeding on a course of massage therapy. Your doctor may have a recommendation that falls within the scope of my practice.

How do I get started?

At your initial visit, you will be asked to fill out a client intake form. Not only does it provide me with your name, address, and phone number, it also has a place to list any underlying medical conditions. As a therapist, I should be made aware of any of these things. Even if you have an allergy to something in the oil I may use, you should list this. In addition, let me know at any subsequent visits about any new medical or physical conditions or changes. Volunteer that information if there is anything I should should know.

What types of massage do you offer?

There is a wide array of bodywork modalities. The most common, and probably the best known, is Classic Swedish massage. If you see a movie or television show with someone getting a massage, this is usually what they show. The client is undressed, draped with a sheet, and oil, cream or lotion is applied to the skin, and the muscles are kneaded, rubbed, vibrated, or tapped.

The types of work I can offer you are:

Classic Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Active Isolated Stretching, Healing or Hot Stone Massage, Therapeutic Focus work, Reiki energy work, and On Site Chair massage.

Please see the Types of Treatment page for a description of each.

All modalities have one goal in mind, to bring the body's systems back into balance. The accumulation of stress, misuse and overuse of the muscular-skeleton system, illness, poor posture, and just the normal routines of daily life bring the body out of balance, and some degree of suffering ensues. My goal is to try to bring the client back towards the state of natural equilibrium in their body. Note that this doesn't usually happen in one session.

How can I make an appointment?

Call me at 339-368-0375 to discuss your needs and we can take it from there. I schedule appointments at The Arlington Center in the evenings between 5:30 PM and 9:00 PM on weeknights and on weekends appointments can be made at various hours between 3:00PM and 9:00PM. On site visits can be specially arranged at various hours. See Directions and Hours to find The Arlington Center.

Does the gender of the massage therapist make a difference?

The short answer is no. There is a perception that a male therapist can give a deeper massage. Honestly, I've had massages from some women that have been deeper than massages I've received from some men. In general, nothing about a therapist's gender will give you a clue about the style or quality of the massage one gives.

In reality, many people are nervous about receiving a massage from one gender or the other. Some people are more comfortable receiving a massage from a person of the same gender, some from a person of the opposite gender. While no professional wants their services refused based upon one's gender, I also realize that if you're too nervous about who is giving you the massage, then you won't be able to relax and enjoy it.

What if I'm overweight or embarrassed about my body?

You wouldn't believe how many times I've heard people say to me they would get a massage if they lost weight first or were more comfortable with themselves. DON'T LET THIS STOP YOU! You're denying yourself quite a pleasurable experience.

As a massage therapist, I have seen bodies in every imaginable shape and size, from young to old. I am not in business of judging your physique. I am a professional who has found massage to be a wonderful gift to give to men and women alike, regardless of age and weight, and are proud of what I can offer to people in need of help or just wanting to luxuriate in the sense of touch.

How much will a massage cost me?

I have a standard rate of $80.00 per hour for services I offer. There are also 75 minute and 90 minute sessions available. The first visit includes an in-depth analysis and development of your treatment plan. The first visit usually will take an hour and a half in order to plan your time accordingly.

Please see Pricing and Policies page for a complete breakdown of service and pricing.

Do you accept credit cards?

No. Cash or Checks accepted only

What does a massage therapist's license or certification mean?

A license means that a massage therapist has met the requirements and paid the fee to legally practice massage in that area. To get a license in Massachusetts, a massage therapist will usually have to have a minimum of 500 hours of training at an accredited or accepted school or training center.

Certification means that the therapist has successfully passed a specific course or test and been granted a certificate to bear out that fact. There is also a written national certification test for massage therapists.

Please see my Bio page for more information on my training and national certification.

The bottom line is that a good recommendation from my clients actually says more than any piece of paper can.

How should I prepare for my massage?

The best thing to do is to come dressed comfortably, take no aspirin, pain killers, or alcohol on the day of the appointment. Arrive about 15 minutes early for your first appointment to fill out an intake form and get acquainted with me. The information on the intake form will guide me to give you the style of massage or treatment most appropriate for you.

What happens during a massage?

I will provide you with the best massage or treatment experience possible. You will always receive the time you purchased and more. The relaxing environment is gentle to the senses. Sheets are provided for draping to respect your modesty and maintain professionalism. I will undrape each area of the body I am working on, applying either a lotion, cream, or oil. When finished in that area, I will put the drape back over that part and undrape the next section to be worked on. During your treatment, the pressure can be as light or as deep as you prefer. I can focus on any area of discomfort or do a full body massage, which will include your back, legs, arms, and neck. Always let me know if the pressure needs to be adjusted, or if more time is needed at a specific area of tightness or discomfort. I will plan the treatment customized to what your body needs that day.

When the massage is over, you'll be left in private to get dressed again. I will return, and this will be a good time to let me know how you feel, how the session went, were your goals obtained, if you have any concerns, settle the bill, and make your next appointment.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

This will depend on what you will need the day of the appointment. For example, if I am doing focus work or deep tissue, one area of the body will take a lot longer to massage, and I may skip other areas of the body to finish within your allotted time. I may give fuller attention to areas of the body that need the most work. To reap the most benefits from a full body massage, all areas would be addressed and considered. Skipping an area like the buttocks would ignore all the large and important muscles in that area that connect the torso to the lower limbs.

Usually before a session I would ask if there are any areas you do not wish to be massaged. Some people are ticklish in certain areas and warn me ahead of time to avoid these areas. This is YOUR massage customized just for you. I want you to be the most comfortable and relaxed during the treatment in order to gain the maximum benefit it can provide.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

You should undress to your comfort level. I will work around the clothes left on the best I can. I suggest to my clients that they can choose to be completely undressed under the drape, or can choose to leave on whatever clothes necessary for them to be relaxed during the massage, such as underwear. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then receiving a massage that way won't allow you to obtain the optimal benefits from it.

The pieces of clothing left on the most often are either panties, briefs or boxer shorts. Certain styles of panties will allow access to most muscles in the buttocks if they are moved slightly. Some women wear thong panties to a massage. It allows me access to all of the major buttock muscles, and also allows them the comfort and modesty they prefer. Either way, I will work to your level of your comfort at all times.

Do I have to use a towel or sheet as a drape?

Draping is the process of using sheets, towels, or other linens to help a client stay warm and maintain a sense of modesty during the massage. By using effective draping techniques, I maintain a professional and ethical practice and help you feel safe, warm and secure. Draping is a requirement by the Arlington Board of Health. Only that part of the body being massaged is uncovered. A drape will always be available when you are preparing for your massage.

It's essential to build a bond of trust between me and the client. You will never be forced to exceed your own comfort level during the massage. The key to all facets of massage is relaxation, and if either the you or I become uncomfortable, the benefits of the massage will be lost.

Can I talk during a massage?

Only if you want to. The key to a massage is relaxation and allowing yourself to enjoy the experience. I do want you to relax, to just let your mind float free, and let the massage transport you to an almost subconscious bliss. It's not uncommon for some people to be more relaxed talking. After all, they're lying undressed on a table with a stranger touching their skin. Talking makes me become more human and personal to them, and having this interaction makes it easier for them to place their trust in me and my work, and therefore make it easier for them to relax. Some of my clients talk in the initial stages of a massage, and as the massage progresses, they slip farther into a state of total relaxation and become quiet.

There are times when you should speak up during a massage. If anything makes you uncomfortable, bring it my attention. If you're too cold or too hot, the room is too bright and hard on your eyes, or if you prefer the strokes to be deeper or lighter, mention it to me. Feel free to speak up if something about the massage isn't working for you.

Will a massage hurt?

That depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light massage that doesn't probe very deep into muscles shouldn't hurt. At the same time, the light massage won't be able to work out any stress that's deep within those muscles. A muscle that is relaxed will be supple and soft and won't hurt when rubbed. Muscles that are tight, and in many cases have been chronically tight for a long time, may have that "good hurt" feeling with a deeper massage. Think of that "good hurt" as the feeling you get when you stretch a sore muscle during exercise or a yawn. Muscles can be very sore from overuse or tightness, and that good hurt can become painful. A sharp pain may indicate a muscle that has been injured and has some sort of inflammation. In this case, you don't want the deep work to continue in this area. A deep massage with tight muscles may leave some residual soreness the next day.

Everybody has different thresholds of pain. The depth of a stroke may not be deep enough for one person's liking and may cause pain for another. Some people want the massage as deep as possible regardless of the soreness. Others want something much lighter, more sensual and pleasing, to help them relax rather than deeper work that might be sore. So make your preference known to me, and give feedback at any time during a massage that the pressure of the strokes is more than you'd like or more is needed.

What if the massage wasn't quite what I wanted?

Every massage therapist has their own style, their own approach to massage, the strokes they like to use, and the depth they like to work. Some prefer a more clinical approach, some a more personal approach. Not every client clicks with every massage therapist. My goal is to match or exceed your expectations of the treatment you received. If it was not up to your expectations, or if you were dissatisfied with anything, I will discuss this with you at the time and possibly work out an arrangement for your next treatment. The feedback I receive is key to improve on the work I can provide you.

How often should I receive a massage?

The answer here depends on the reasons for receiving the massage. If you come for some injury relief, and to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life in some way, weekly sessions may be necessary for a while to build on each session's improvement in your relief and healing. If you use massage as preventive care and managing the daily stress in your life, once or twice a month is about the norm. You may even shorten the time between massages during stressful periods. You might come more often just because you enjoy it that much.

The truth of the matter is, the frequency of the massages people receive is limited by their pocketbook. It's an unfortunate fact, but once many people realize the benefits it provides them, and the pleasure they receive from it, they find a way to incorporate a regular session into their budget.

Contact Eric to make an appointment:

phone: (339) 368-0375

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