What to Expect & FAQs


Arrive a couple of minutes early so you aren’t rushed, and have time to use the restroom. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.

Try not to eat just before a massage session. If hunger is an issue, eat a small snack, like some fruit or yogurt.

You will be asked to fill out a confidential Health History Form.  This will help me determine the appropriate type of therapy to help meet your needs.  I will then explain the plan for the massage, including positioning yourself on the table.

I will leave the room while you disrobe to your comfort level and get under the top sheet. Typically, clients wear nothing, or leave on their briefs, but your comfort is the most important factor. If you don’t want to remove your clothing, wear something that will be comfortable during the massage and will allow me to touch and move the areas of your body you expect will need to be massaged.  A sheet is provided for draping during the massage and I will uncover only the part of your body being massaged. Your modesty will be respected at all times.

Communication makes for a great massage and all aspects of treatment can be modified to your taste:

  • Give an accurate health history and let me know your expectations for treatment.
  • Tell me about any allergies to oils, lotions, and scents.
  • Let me know if you have any music preferences or if you prefer quiet.
  • During the massage, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage itself or related to the environment: room       temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.
  • Tell me if you would like me to give you a deep massage or be gentler.
  • Please give feedback regarding any pain or discomfort.

Don’t be afraid to discuss any concerns. It’s important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. Together, we can create the most therapeutic treatment for YOU.   Feel free to ask questions during or after the treatment. The therapist would enjoy knowing your thoughts and clarifying any issues you may have.

Remember to breathe. Breathing helps us to relax.

When the hands-on portion of the session is completed, don’t get up too quickly and allow for some quiet time after your massage session.  Please wait to get dressed until I have left the room. Upon returning, we will have a brief discussion about the progress made during the session and what you might do to follow up on that progress, as well as decide whether you need to schedule future sessions.

Be sure to drink plenty of water to re-hydrate and help keep the muscles loose after we’ve worked so hard to release the tension from them. You may also experience some muscle soreness after your massage depending on the type of massage you request and the length of time since your last massage session.  If you have any questions or concerns in the days following your massage, please call right away.

Where most massage methods use some form of skin lubrication, CFT uses none so that the finger (usually one, but sometimes two) doing the massage is not sliding across the skin, but rather is taking the skin with it, allowing for the force to be transmitted directly to the deep tissue being treated. The motion is small, maybe an inch or so, back and forth “across the grain” of the tissue, so you have to have some idea which direction the structure normally runs. The amount of pressure should be moderate, which will often cause some amount of discomfort, but this should never be too painful. The massage should be done for 5-10 minutes and should be followed by some gentle stretching of the tissue and then 10 minutes of icing.

Cross-friction massage is most effective when done 2-3 times per week. This consistency aids the correct formation of the new tissue. There is also an exercise component to be done daily for the best results.

Fresh injuries may take 4-6 weeks to heal with treatment and exercise. Long-standing injuries can take up to 8-12 weeks to heal with treatment and exercise. Some times it may take longer depending on the duration and severity of the injury.You may be sore 1-2 days after the treatment. It is important that you tell the therapist if the area worked on is sore for longer than this period so that the sessions can be adjusted.

Deep Cross-fiber Friction Therapy (CFT) is a very precise form of medical massage developed by a legendary British orthopedic physician, Dr. James Cyriax. It is remarkably effective in treating most muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. If the injury site is inaccessible to the therapist’s fingers, of course, this treatment can’t be applied and another must be chosen.

When microscopic tears occur in muscles, tendons and ligaments, scar tissue – a type of connective tissue- forms to mend the damaged structures. It does this in an indiscriminate fashion (like cooked spaghetti in a bowl), so the resulting scar has much less integrity and uniformity of structure than the original tissue it replaces.

Cross-fiber Friction Therapy works by breaking down scar tissue that prevents proper healing within muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It also separates ligament-to-bone adhesions and allows normal healing to occur. It promotes the formation of properly aligned and mobile tissue. Deep frictioning also increases the blood supply to areas that normally have very little circulation.

Tipping is not encouraged in our office or by our staff. We charge what we believe we should be paid. If you like our work, the best compliment is to take a couple of business cards and pass them onto your friends, coworkers, family members, your kids’ school teachers, the mail man- anyone!

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