Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of massage?

Swedish massage is generally performed for relaxation and overall wellness. Swedish is typically a full-body massage, although it doesn't have to be. It can also range in pressure from the very light to the very firm.
Therapeutic massage
addresses a specific complaint of pain or lack of range of motion. It can also be a full-body massage, although it usually focuses on the muscle groups related to the problem.
Deep tissue
massage is typically performed on athletes or those whose muscles are very dense. Some conditions can cause muscles to become hypertonic (sometimes fibromyalgia causes this). A deep tissue massage penetrates to the layer of muscles beneath the superficial layer. It is imperative to communicate with your therapist and drink plenty of water with this service. A thorough stretching regime is recommended.
Hot stone massage
is usally a full-body massage and is used for relaxation. Stones are heated for increased relaxation of muscle tissue, although half the stones can also be cold for contrast stone massage. This massage helps increase circulation and invigorate the body.
Pregnancy massage
can be done in any trimester and special precautions are taken. We have a special pillow for the expectant mother which allows her to lie face down for the most thorough back massage.

Why is drinking water important?

Massage will increase the flow of blood and lymph fluid. This increases the flow of tissue waste products. These toxins are released through the urinary system. Drinking water may also relieve some stiffness and soreness that occasionally follows deep tissue massage.

Will my massage hurt?

Your massage should be a pleasant experience from start to finish. It is imperative that you inform your therapist of any discomfort. At times clients have reported the feeling of a "good hurt" or "necessary hurt" during the deeper work, but generally healthy muscles do not hurt.

What can I expect from a massage session?

You can expect to be greeted by your therapist and to fill out a health intake form if it is your first visit. Your therapist will briefly gain an understanding of what your goals are for that particular massage. The therapist will leave the room for you to undress and get underneath the sheet and will knock before re-entering. Your therapist will make sure you are comfortable before getting started.

Do I have to take my clothes off?

You do not have to do anything you are not comfortable doing. Most people undress to their underpants, but some leave all their clothes on. It is the therapists' job to adapt to your needs. Fully clothed massage means certain strokes and oil will not be used.

Should I come early to my first appointment?

Yes. You will need to fill out a health history form so that your therapist can get to know your health needs better before customizing your massage for you. Additionally, this will give you an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have before the massage session begins.

I have had massages with different therapists. Why were they different?

Massage is as much an art as it is a science. All of our therapists are highly skilled individuals with unique strengths and styles. We have the perfect match in therapist for everyone.

I have osteoporosis. Can I have a massage?

Absolutely! Therapeutic or Swedish massage may alleviate a lot of stress and symptoms of osteoporosis.

How often should I receive massage?

That depends on you! If you are trying to achieve a health goal, one a week is the preferred frequency. Others come twice a month, and upon reaching a goal many people come once a month. We have clients that come once and twice a week, to those who come once every two months.

Does insurance cover massage services?

Most insurance companies do not cover massage therapy services, however some might. Check your individual coverage to find out if yours does. Sunnyview does not do any direct billing with insurance companies, though, so if your insurance does cover massage therapy, you will be responsible for paying and then submitting for reimbursement yourself.

If you have any other questions, please contact Susan Veeder, manager, at (518) 386-3546, or email her at veeders@nehealth.com.  

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