Frequently Asked Questions

About Massage Therapy

General Massage Therapy Questions & Answers

1. Where will my massage take place?
Your massage session takes place in a warm, comfortable, private room. Lights are dimmed and soft music plays to assist in your relaxation.
2. Who will perform the massage?
A professional Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) of your choice or one who is appointed for you.
3. What do I wear? Must I be completely undressed?
In about 80% of all Swedish and deep tissue massages, the client is nude under the sheet to allow for deep therapeutic strokes and the long, gliding full body strokes to be applied. However, your comfort is our top priority, and if you feel uncomfortable dressing down, please undress to your comfort level.
4. Will I be covered during the massage?
Your comfort and modesty are always our concern. In all table massages, you are covered with a sheet and, in some cases, a blanket. The only parts of the body that are exposed are those being massaged.
5. What part of my body will be massaged?
At Avalon, we have you complete a “client form” that will ask you a series of questions regarding what specific areas that you need the most work done and areas you don’t want massaged at all. Before your massage, your massage therapist will discuss this with you to ensure that they understand your needs to the fullest extent.

Traditionally, massage is applied to the full body minus the genitalia and the female breast. If you are comfortable with it, we massage back, glutes, legs, feet, arms, chest, stomach, neck, head and face. Many people are not familiar with the leg, stomach, or chest being massaged. If you are uncomfortable with a massage therapist going too high on the leg or having your chest or stomach massaged, please tell your therapist, and your wishes will be honored.
6. What lubricant will be used?
We use hypoallergenic essential oils or lotions. We also use aromatherapy oils in every massage unless requested otherwise. If you have a special mixture that you prefer, please bring it, and we will be happy to accommodate.
8. Are there different types of massages?
Yes. Please visit our Types of Massages page for more information.
9. What should in feel in the massage?
At Avalon, we are massage therapist not “skin rubbers”. We massage with a purpose of relaxing and healing the body. Therefore, massage therapy will feel different to everyone according to the condition of their body. Our massage therapists start out with light to medium strokes and progressively get deeper.

We label everything on a comfort scale of 1-10. A “5” means complete comfort with no pain at all. A “6” means a little pain but a “feel good” pain. A “6” is the ideal state for massage because of its therapeutic qualities.
10. How will I feel after the massage?
It depends on which massage that you received and the condition your body was in prior to the massage. Quite often, if your body is full of toxins, you may feel intoxicated for a few minutes or more after the massage. Some people needed to relax so badly that they feel as if they are going to float out of the massage therapy center. All clients feel the benefits of wonderful relief and renewed rejuvenation over the next few days.
11. Can I get a massage? Is it for everybody?
It is true that massages are not necessarily for everybody. Massage can harm some people with medical ailments. We call these contraindications. For example, a diabetic who has bad circulation due to diabetes and receives a deep tissue massage may damage their circulatory system by stopping the flow of blood to their extremities. Also, some cancer patients cannot receive massages because massage can spread some cancers.

If there is any doubt that a massage can due harm to you, our massage therapists will not give the massage. When in doubt, we need a doctor’s release on file for a client to massage them.


Thai Massage Therapy Questions & Answers

1. What is Thai Massage?
Developed more than 2000 years ago in Thailand, Thai Massage remains a popular technique that incorporates aspects of yoga, acupressure, energy balancing and massage. Considered one of the ancient healing arts of Traditional Thai medicine (which includes herbal practice, nutrition and spiritual meditation) Thai Massage was originally passed from teacher to teacher in the Buddhist temples. Unfortunately, much of the history of Thai Massage was lost during the Burmese invasion of Thailand in 1776. Today, Thai Massage continues to be mainstay in Thai Medicine and is gaining a new audience in the western world.

Thai Massage is also known as Thai yoga or assisted yoga because of the techniques of stretching the body while respecting the body’s limits. The massage therapist helps you move into your stretches and guides you through the movements, being mindful of your limitations. These stretches lengthen and relax your muscles allowing your body structure to realign, as well as helping bone structure and origins. The working of the meridians allows the flow of energy to resume.
2. How is Thai Massage given? And what do I wear?
Thai Massage is preformed on a mat of the floor. You are fully clothed in loose, comfortable attire suitable for stretching, like sweats or loose shorts and a tee-shirt. This form of stretching also has palm work and thumb work on pressure points, rocking and massage. If skin is exposed on legs and arms, essential oils or lotions may be utilized by some therapists. Pillows and bolsters may be used to better client support.
3. What are energy lines? How do they affect me?
According to the Theory of Chinese Medicine, the meridians are lines of energy that run through the body. There are 13 energy channels that run through the legs and arms and connect in the hands, feet, head and ears.

In the Chinese culture, people do not get full body massages--just foot massages because these meridians meet at the feet and control the energy that runs through the rest of the body, including the heart, lungs and body organs. If the energy that runs through the organs is blocked, then the organ doesn’t function properly and illness can set in. The theory states that if these channels are blocked, then pressure on these points of blockage will be painful.

After massaging the feet and stimulating the meridians, the pain goes away, and energy is released to travel the body allowing the organs and body to function properly. One of the purposes of Thai Massage is to ensure energy is flowing freely along these pathways as a means for wellness.
4. Can I get combination of Thai and Swedish?
Yes. At the beginning of every massage, regardless of the type of massage that you receive, we inquire through our “client form” that should be completed before your session, explaining what you want and expect from your massage. At Avalon, we try to meet your needs. If you are getting a deep tissue or Swedish massage, all that you have to do is request Thai stretching.

If you have any more questions or would like more information on our massage therapy programs, call us
at 713-333-5250 or email us. We would be happy to answer any of your questions!