Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that I have been asked by new clients.  Please let me know if there are other questions you have, just contact me.

What are “knots” in my muscles?

"knots" are one of three  things. 

1) Most often, they are thickening in the fascia (layers of connective tissue between the muscles) as a result of overuse or stress to the muscle.  Skilled massage can break these down so that they are absorbed by the lymphatic system, and the muscles that were "stuck" are  free to move again.

2) A "knot" can also be  a contraction in the muscle belly. 

3) A "knot" can be scar tissue from injury.


Does massage need to be painful to be effective?

No.  I always say that I want to work deep enough to be the most effective for you, without tensing you up. 

For 95% of massages, including sessions for pain relief or injury, pain is actually counterproductive.  When you experience pain your body generates histimines and other chemicals that course through your system and your body will not receive the work. 

There is a point in deep work where you can really feel it, but taking a deep breath into the work confirms that your muscles are working with the massage, rather than fighting against it. 

For some people, going to that point of needing the breath is too much.  That’s fine.  I will always work with you on the pressure and you are always in control.


Do I get undressed? Am I covered up by something?

You are draped with a sheet at all times.  the only area uncovered is your head/neck and whatever area I am working on.  The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork requires strict draping standards and I abide by them.

Why does lymphatic massage cost more than the other massages?

Two reasons: 1) It requires a lot more from me.  If I offered lymphatic massage exclusively  I would only be able to do 3-4 massages a day.  It is vigorous and requires a lot energy.  2) The gel that I use that stimulates the lymphatic system is very expensive. 


Where is your office?

Click here for the address, directions from every direction.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page for directions and photos for finding my office after you park, as well as the waiting room/restroom door code.


Are you strong enough to give me enough pressure?

Yes. If you are seriously asking that question, try me. 

The pressure is always in your control, I will work with you to find that place for your body that is not too soft, not too hard, "just right".


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Massage in the East Bay, Oakland, CA