What is massage?
Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscles and tendons) for therapeutic purposes. For example feelings of well being, increased circulation and flexibility, release of pain and tension.
What length of massage should I pick?
30 Minute: Specific muscle issues, not able to do full body massage within this time
60 Minute: Full body massage with focus on specific muscle issues or the entire massage can be spent on part of the body for more in-depth work
90 Minute: Full body massage with focus on all specific muscle issues and in-depth work in each area
What are the benefits of massage?
Massage Therapy in studies has been shown to help people physically and emotionally in the following ways:
- Relieves Headaches
- Reduces Stress
- Improves Circulation
- Relaxes Muscles
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Strengthens the Immune System
- Improves Posture
- Improves Flexibility
- Improves Injury Rehabilitation
- Encourages Relaxation
- Promotes Deeper and Easier Breathing
- Improves Athletic Performance
- Increases Positive Sleep Patterns
Will the massage hurt?
The massage should not hurt. When someone gets a massage the pain should never go past a 4 or 5 on their 0-10 pain scale. If the therapist is using too much pressure and goes past a 4 or 5 the client needs to let them know because the client’s muscles are going to tighten up and the massage will no longer be beneficial.
Do I need to do anything special during or after the massage?
All you need to do during the massage is relax and provide feedback occasionally. Too much pressure or not enough, too hot or cold etc. During a massage there are a lot of toxins released from the muscles. It is important to drink plenty of water following the massage to help flush the toxins out of the body.
What should I wear to the massage?
The client can wear what they want. You will be asked to undress to their comfort level. Most people undress down to their underwear and some take everything off. The client will be covered and properly draped throughout the massage.
What do I get for my time?
When you get a massage with Platteville Massage Therapy LLC, you get the full amount of time on the table that you pay for. Becky typically schedules 30 minutes between appointments so that she can provide the best client service. This allows her to properly clean the table and change the sheets. Additionally, this is a benefit because you have time to fill out the intake form, undress and dress, and ask questions that you have before or after the massage without it cutting into your actual massage time. At Platteville Massage Therapy LLC a 60 minute massage means 60 minutes on the table.
Where did you get your education?
Becky graduated from Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork which is located in Madison, WI. Becky chose to focus on the medical massage track which helps her to identify and address issues in her clients.
Do you have credentials?
Becky is licensed massage therapist in the state of Wisconsin and nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). She is also a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). Additionally, as of December 2014 Becky is a fully certified PNMT massage therapist.
What about continuing education, do you do that?
Every 4 years Becky is required to submit 48 Continuing Educational Units (CEU’s) with 6 of them being in ethics. Becky is also required to maintain a current certification in CPR/AED.
What should I expect on my first visit?
If the office door is open, Becky will greet you and have you come into the massage office. There is a sheet on the Platteville Massage Therapy LLC door that Becky changes if she is in a massage. When Becky is unavailable there is a chair where you can wait just outside of the Platteville Massage Therapy LLC office.
Once in the office new clients will fill out the Confidential Client Intake form. If you are a new client we appreciate you being at the office 5 minutes before the massage is to start. After filling out this form Becky will ask any clarifying questions she has to make the massage customized to your exact needs. If you have any questions feel free to ask Becky. She will then talk to you about the plan of treatment for the massage. You will be instructed about how to undress and where to put your clothes. Becky will also instruct you on which position to take on the table (face up or face down). Once all of your pre-massage questions have been answered Becky will leave the room allowing you to get comfortably on the table and under the sheets before she returns. She will always knock before entering the room to make sure that you are ready for the massage to start.
Once back in the room Becky will place a bolster under your legs where it is most comfortable and adjust the head rest as needed. You will always be properly draped during the entire massage. If you have any questions or comments during the massage please communicate them. Becky will always communicate as needed during the massage, but is otherwise quiet to allow you to relax. You determine the amount of talking that happens during your session, so if you like to talk that is fine too! Whether you are hot or cold, want a blanket adjusted, have a spot that hurts, or any other issue always communicate this to Becky. Being vocal during a massage is vital to you having the best overall experience. When Becky is finished with the massage she will let you know and will leave the room so that you can get properly dressed. Make sure to move slowly as you get off of the table to let your body adjust.
Once you are dressed and Becky has received your approval to re-enter the room you will discuss how the massage went and be able to ask any questions you have. If Becky has suggestions for you she will communicate them to you at this point. Becky provides a free bottle of water to every client and also has chocolate for each client. It is all part of what we do to make the massage an experience for your whole body. It is important that you drink plenty of water over the next 24 hours after the massage, so that your body can flush the toxins that have been freed from your body during the massage. Payment will be due at the end of your massage and can be made by cash or check and tips are appreciated.
What is the area that you cover and do you travel?
For chair massages Becky will travel to your event although for events outside of Platteville there can be an added travel charge. For table massages Becky has clients come to her Platteville, WI office location. Considering the specialized type of massage that Platteville Massage Therapy LLC offers some clients who are willing to travel 45 minutes to their appointments in Platteville. Below are some of the areas that we have clients coming from to get massage:
- Platteville, Wisconsin
- Dubuque, Iowa
- Bagley, Wisconsin
- Belmont, Wisconsin
- Benton, Wisconsin
- Bloomington, Wisconsin
- Boscobel, Wisconsin
- Cassville, Wisconsin
- Cobb, Wisconsin
- Cuba City, Wisconsin
- Dickeyville, Wisconsin
- Dodgeville, Wisconsin
- Ellenboro, Wisconsin
- Fennimore, Wisconsin
- Galena, Illinois
- Glen Haven, Wisconsin
- Hazel Green, Wisconsin
- Kieler, Wisconsin
- Lancaster, Wisconsin
- Linden, Wisconsin
- Livingston, Wisconsin
- Mineral Point, Wisconsin
- Monfort, Wisconsin
- Patch Grove, Wisconsin
- Potosi, Wisconsin
- Rewey, Wisconsin
- Stitzer, Wisconsin