FAQ

Are there any recommendations for before a massage session?
Are there any recommendations for during a massage?
Will the massage hurt?
What if I am ticklish?
Will I break out from the massage oil/cream?
What do I wear during a massage?
When should I NOT receive a massage?
What is a Trigger Point?
What if I am uncomfortable with the appearance of my body?
Are there any recommendations for after a massage session?
What if I feel sick after a massage?
How frequently should I come for a massage?
Am I required to tip my massage therapist?
Are there any recommendations for before a Cellular Expansion and Healing session?
Are there any recommendations for during a Cellular Expansion and Healing Session?
Are there any recommendations for after a Cellular Expansion and Healing Session?
What is an intention?
How frequently should I come for a Cellular Expansion and Healing session?
What forms of payment do you accept?

Are there any recommendations for before a massage session?

  • Individuals are encouraged to drink plenty of water and reduce caffeine consumption to avoid being dehydrated so that their body is able to respond with more ease.
  • Do not eat a large meal before a session.
  • Arrive on time for your session so that you are able to receive the full amount of time. You will also be able to enjoy the session more if you arrive with time to slow down from your day and your drive.
  • If it is your first time at PCCHH it is best to show up approximately 10 minutes early so that you will have additional time to fill out your health history form, and this will not cut into your session time.
  • USE THE RESTROOM! Nothing will disrupt your session more than lying on the table thinking of needing to use the restroom!

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Are there any recommendations for during a massage?

  • Make sure that you are comfortable during your session. It is important to communicate fully with your massage therapist. If the pressure is too much or not enough, if you are too hot or too cold, if you would like different music, etc., tell your massage therapist, YOU WILL NOT HURT THEIR FEELINGS!
  • Breathe. Your muscles are able to relax more fully on an exhale.
  • Know that talking during a session is your decision. You may want to base your decision on your intention of the session. If you are looking for a deeper spiritual session involving energy work, it is best not to talk so that you and your therapist can access deeper levels of connection.
  • If your mind is racing and thinking of things that are in your past or future, it helps to thank your mind for doing its job, and ask it to take a vacation. Also, you can focus on how the therapist’s touch feels, how the sheets feel on your body, or on your breath, anything that brings your awareness back to the present moment.

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Will the massage hurt?

  • No. Your massage should never "hurt". There are a lot of therapeutic benefits to a more slow, gentle, specific massage.
  • Sometimes, however, for specific deep tissue massage/ trigger point work or injury work the pressure can be a bit uncomfortable. On a scale of 1-10, 1-being no pain and 10-being severe pain, your massage should not feel stronger than a 6-8. Your massage should not feel so strong that you are tensing up more than relaxing. If you are tensing up please make sure to tell your massage therapist to lighten their pressure.
  • Some people like the "good hurt" from a massage. This is often a signal that the neuromuscular system is releasing and the therapist is working on the areas that need attention. However, it is not necessary to suffer through pain in order to benefit from massage.

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What if I am "ticklish"?

  • If you are ticklish it is best to inform your therapist prior to the start of your session. We wouldn’t want you to be about to fall asleep and then jump when we touch your feet ;-)
  • Often times the pressure and speed used during touch greatly impact the feeling of being "ticklish". If you think that you may want to still have certain areas such as your feet massaged our therapist can adjust their work for your comfort. Communication is the best way to assure your relaxation.

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Will I break out from the massage oil/cream?

  • Our therapists use hypo-allergenic oils and creams. However, if you know that you have very sensitive skin you may want to bring in an oil or cream that you know responds well with your skin. Also, please inform your therapist of any allergies you may have.

What do I wear during a massage?

  • How far you disrobe is always based on your comfort level. It is most beneficial for clients to fully undress, so that the therapist can more easily massage areas such as your low back. However, if you are uncomfortable with this idea your therapist can go around areas of clothing such as undergarments.
  • Clients are fully covered during a massage session with clean sheets and blankets to preserve privacy and comfort. The therapist will only uncover areas of the body which they are working with at that moment.

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When should I NOT receive a massage?

  • You should NOT receive a massage if you:
    • Have a fever
    • Feel like you are coming down with a cold or flu
    • Have any blood clotting disorder
    • Are having a complicated pregnancy
    • Have recently had surgery
    • Have a contagious skin condition

* Modifications may need to be made for additional health conditions, so please make sure to inform your therapist of ALL changes in your health.

* While Massage may not be suitable for all situations you may benefit greatly from Energywork.

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What is a Trigger Point?

  • A trigger point, commonly called a "knot", is a hyperirritable spot most commonly found in muscles, tendons or connective tissue. Trigger points, though unclear the exact reason they occur, will cause local and referred pain. Trigger points are known to cause headaches, low back, neck and shoulder pain, and are associated with Fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel and much more.

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What if I am uncomfortable with the appearance of my body?

  • A massage therapist’s view of the appearance of the body is totally different than the stranger walking down the street. When you come into our office our number one concern is your overall well-being. This means that when we look at your body we are not looking at your extra few holiday pounds, but instead are assessing how you hold and carry your body so that we can pin point areas of your body that need extra attention.

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Are there any recommendations for after a massage session?

  • Drink plenty of water so that your body is more able to flush out toxins that may be moving out of your body. Otherwise, you may feel like you have the flu.
  • Remember that there is a lot that happens within your body when you receive bodywork. Nurture your emotional, mental and spiritual sides.
  • Give yourself additional time after a massage so that you can integrate back into your daily life with ease.
  • If you are thinking about using heat or ice after you receive a massage please ask your massage therapist their specific recommendation as to not add inflammation to any area which has received an intense amount of work.
  • Stretch. Sometimes long held patterns of holding can have a rebound effect on or around areas receiving a sustained amount of work. After a massage the body is in a phase of re-educating itself. To help prevent any discomfort during this period of time we recommend that you stretch your entire body through means such as Yoga to maintain a lasting result of length and relaxation in the body.

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What if I feel sick after a massage?

  • It is important to drink a lot of water both before and after a massage. During a massage more than just your muscles are benefiting.  Your circulation and lymphatic fluids are also busy moving fresh fluids though your body.  While no studies have been found providing any fact to the old theory of, "flushing out toxins that are moving out of your body", your body is always able to function at it's best, as well as to keep energy moving throughout your body when properly hydrated. It also helps to support your liver in this functioning by adding lemon to your water. Often if you are feeling sick however more water has been said to help you feel more like yourself again.
  • If you feel sick or sore after a massage always communicate this information with your massage therapist. Depending on your previous health history specific precautions may need to be taken during the session.

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*If you feel sick or uneasy after your session please do not hesitate to call our office for additional feedback about your individual session. (412)242-4220.

  • How frequently should I come for a massage?
  • Frequency varies by individual needs. Ideally clients should receive a weekly to bi-weekly massage if they are looking to achieve specific health benefits from their sessions. However, those who decide that they would like to come monthly or quarterly will still benefit from the relaxation of massage.
  • It is best to speak with your therapist about your specific goals so that they may give you a personalized recommendation.

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Am I required to tip my massage therapist?

  • Tips are never required but always appreciated. You will receive the same quality of work if you do tip as if you are not able to. If you feel more comfortable leaving a tip, then a general spa guideline is 15-20% of the cost of the service.
  • Often times one of the best tips that you can give is to refer your friends and family!

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Are there any recommendations for before a Cellular Expansion and Healing session?

  • Individuals are encouraged to drink plenty of water and reduce caffeine consumption to avoid being dehydrated so that their body is able to respond with more ease, and provide more fluidity for the energy to move.
  • Do not eat a large meal before a session.
  • Arrive on time for your session so that you are able to receive the full amount of time. You will also be able to enjoy the session more if you arrive with time to slow down from your day and your drive.
  • If it is your first time at PCCHH it is best to show up approximately 10 minutes early so that you will have additional time to fill out your health history form, and this will not cut into your session time.
  • USE THE RESTROOM! Nothing will disrupt your session more than laying on the table thinking of needing to go!
  • Start to think about your intention. While it is not necessary to know your full intention prior to your session it will ease any anxiety that may arise from trying to pressure yourself in the moment.
  • It is recommended to take an apple cider vinegar bath before bed the night after your Cellular Expansion session. To avoid needing to go to the store while relaxed, we recommend that you purchase this prior to your appointment. This way you have it handy.

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Are there any recommendations for during a Cellular Expansion and Healing Session?

  • Clients often ask what they need to do during a session. The answer is simple. Nothing. Because the energy of Cellular Expansion and Healing is not something that you will "mess up" clients should be assured that they will benefit from the session with out "trying" to do anything.
  • If it is helpful for you to have something to focus on then you can focus on your breathing. This may assist in deepening your initial sense of relaxation.
  • If your mind is racing and thinking of things that are in your past or future, it helps to thank your mind for doing its job, and the ask it to take a vacation. Also, you can focus on how the therapist’s touch feels, how the sheets feel on your body, or on your breath, anything that brings your awareness back to the present moment.
  • You also have the option of keeping your eyes open or closed. This is truly up to you, however clients report having a deeper inner experience if their eyes are closed.

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Are there any recommendations for after a Cellular Expansion and Healing Session?

  • It is important to drink plenty of water after a session to keep energy moving through your body. You can look at your self like a small seed that just had a lot of sunlight come down upon it. If you do not have enough water your system will become tight and uncomfortable just like the seed and you will not grow into your full potential.
  • Take a 20 minute bath with a pint of apple cider vinegar in it. This will help to eliminate toxins as well as assist in the release of any stored consciousness that is moving in your system. We recommend that this is done right before you go to bed. Often times individuals report extreme relaxation following the bath.
  • Physical activities are very useful in shifting consciousness. Yoga or simple stretching is great as well as something that will get you to sweat.
  • Journal. Journaling will oftentimes assist the mind as consciousness or latent emotions begin to surface.
  • Pay attention to your needs. If you feel like being around people then honor that as well as if you feel like being alone. Remember that there is a lot that happens within when you receive a session. Nurture yourself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

* Contact us if there is anything that comes up after a session that concerns you. Remember that in this process you are fully supported.

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What is an intention?

  • Your intention helps both you and your practitioner to have a better understanding of what goals you would like to achieve from a cellular expansion session. They can be things like: to no longer experience pain in your back, to experience more joy in your life, to forgive yourself and others, to heal unresolved anger, to easily conceive a healthy child, to transform a certain illness...
  • By setting your intention you create more of an opening and willingness within your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual systems to transform.
  • It is helpful to begin to have an awareness of your intention before coming in for a cellular expansion and healing session, but is not necessary.

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How frequently should I come for a Cellular Expansion and Healing session?

  • Often times we will recommend once a week for three weeks and then recommends re-evaluating from there.
  • Different from other types of bodywork, you will not loose the effects of the previous session if there is a prolonged period of time between appointments.
  • Often the rate at which you are looking for change will indicate how often a session is recommended.

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What forms of payment do you accept?

  • We accept Cash, Check, Debit, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover

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Do you accept insurance?

  • Fingers crossed one day...but for now massage and Energywork are not covered by local insurance carriers. We do recommend that you check with your individual company about health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts to find out if our services can be paid for with pre-tax dollars.