FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Massage & CBD

What should I expect from my first session?

Your massage therapist may require you to fill out a health history form prior to your appointment. Upon arrival to your appointment, the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints. 

 

It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session. 

Do I have to be completely undressed?

You should undress to the level you are comfortable. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that's fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session. 

 

Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table. 
 

What do I do during a massage treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. 
 

Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time. 

Will the massage hurt?

 

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Massage & CBD

What should I expect from my first session?

Your massage therapist may require you to fill out a health history form prior to your appointment. Upon arrival to your appointment, the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints. 

 

It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session. 

Do I have to be completely undressed?

You should undress to the level you are comfortable. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that's fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session. 

 

Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table. 
 

What do I do during a massage treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. 
 

Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time. 

Will the massage hurt?

This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range. 

 

Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it. 

How often should I get massaged?

"Some is better than none." 

 

What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you. 

 

However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues. 

Can I talk during my massage session?

Sure, if you'd like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation. 

 

The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you - speak up! It's OK! 

How will I feel after my massage session?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days. 

 

If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day - much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness. 
After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy. 

What if I get an erection during my massage?

Sometimes it happens. Yet, most men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed. 
 
An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue for him/her. If you are still concerned, I recommend wearing more fitted underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers. 
 
Note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, he/she may stop the session to clarify the client's intent, and may decide to end the session immediately. 

Can I joke about "Happy Endings" even if I have no interest in getting one?

No, not even as a joke.  This is disrespectful to your massage therapist and our profession.  Additionally, we have a zero tolerance policy and any sexual advances, innuendo, or inappropriate touching is grounds for immediate termination of your session. 

What if I am late arriving to my appointment?

Please arrive on time for your appointment.  Time for your appointment has been specially arranged for you. If you arrive late your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours. We will do our best to provide you with the services you have booked, but we cannot guarantee the full time if you arrive late.  Full payment for your scheduled services will be expected. 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, credit card, Venmo, CashApp, Paypal & Gift Certificates. 
 

Should I tip my massage therapist?

Tipping is neither required nor expected, but of course we appreciate the gesture!  Our massage therapists do not depend on tips, but if you would like to leave a tip, simply add the gratuity at checkout. 
 
The best appreciation you can show is by referring your friends and family to us and letting them know about the amazing benefits of massage therapy! 

Do you take insurance? HSA or FSA Cards?

Although we do not accept insurance, many plans do cover massage therapy with a doctor's prescription and copies of receipts.  We suggest contacting your insurance company prior to your session to inquire about coverage. We do, however, accept all HSA and FSA cards at this time. 

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy at Joy Massage Therapy is that we ask for at least 24 hours’ notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment time. Late cancellations will be charged 50% of the services fee and no shows will be charged 100% of the service fee.

What happens if I fall asleep during my massage?

 It’s quite common for people to fall asleep during relaxing massages. Massage therapists typically take this as a compliment and a sign that they’re providing maximum relaxation to their clients. Enjoy your massage experience and don’t expect yourself to stay awake and alert at all times. Many clients allow their bodies and minds to “reset” in deeply relaxing states.

What if my stomach growls during a massage—or worse?

Massage therapists create “judgment-free zones” with their clients and understand that massages can sometimes lead to clients making strange noises, passing gas, or even have deeply emotional experiences. If you feel the need to laugh, cry, or even tremble, your practitioner will understand and may ask you if you want to continue the massage or take a break.

Is massage therapy safe in pregnancy?

Yes, massage therapy is safe in all stages of pregnancy, though techniques and positioning are modified. Your therapist, Joy, is certified and specially trained in Prenatal Massage Therapy.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol—CBD—is one of the many chemical compounds found in hemp and high-CBD strains of cannabis. It is non-psychoactive (it will not get you ‘high’) and is a wonderful nutritional supplement and super food. 

Why is CBD good for you?

CBD has been shown to support the proper functioning of the Endocannabinoid System. The role of the Endocannabinoid System is to protect and modulate the nervous system and the immune system by regulating cellular communication. Think of it as a natural way to push the reset button on both the nervous system and the immune system, pulling these natural bodily systems out of abnormal patterns and stress responses. CBD can support the return to normal cell communication and helps the body to remain in its natural healthy state (homeostasis). It is also a neuroprotectant and helps guard against the aging of cells from oxidation. 

What is 'full spectrum' CBD and why is it important?

Full Spectrum refers to all the cannabinoids naturally found in hemp. There have been over eighty different cannabinoids isolated and identified, and these different cannabinoids all work together to provide the health benefits hemp is celebrated for. 

 

The main point to take away is that CBD has shown to be much more effective in the presence of all the other naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes found in the cannabis plant (known in the scientific community as the Entourage Effect. As CBD gains an increasing amount of notoriety, it remains important to note that not all CBD products are made equal. Some mistakenly think that CBD isolate is what we are referring to when describing our products, but all our products are ‘full spectrum, CBD rich hemp extract’, that contain the full entourage of cannabinoids and terpenes known to work in concert to provide the best health outcomes. It is always this Full Spectrum oil that we produce, sell and recommend. 

 

Cannabinoids are rare in nature. Even though all animals, including humans, internally create small amounts of cannabinoids, there are few other places in nature where they can be found in abundance. Hemp is by far the richest source for a wide range of cannabinoid substances. It is a unique plant that has been shown to have unprecedented healing properties. 

What exactly is full spectrum hemp oil?

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is an extracted oil made from industrial grade hemp that contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids (including CBD), terpenes, flavonoids, phytonutrients and fatty acids found in whole plant hemp material. 

What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Hemp is the heirloom variety of cannabis. It is the unadulterated strain of the cannabis sativa plant. The cannabinoid and phytonutrient makeup in the hemp plant are closest to the ratios found in the naturally occurring industrial hemp strains, that are high in CBD and low in THC. What is commonly referred to as ‘Marijuana’ are strains of the Cannabis Sativa plant that have been bred to be high in THC and low in CBD. Both are varieties of the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is selective breeding and growing conditions that differentiate these two strains. 

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