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Massage FAQs

Must I be completely undressed?

You should undress to your desired level of comfort. About half of our clients prefer to be completely undressed, while the other half prefers to keep their undergarments on. This is completely up to you. You will undress and dress in the privacy of your massage room and will be securely covered by a blanket and a sheet during your massage session.

What is included in the session time?

A session consists of massage, time for you to dress and undress and time to communicate with the therapist to make your massage truly customized. Each time you visit an Elements Massage™ studio you will go through our service path called The Elements Way®. This is done to ensure each and every massage session you receive from us meets or exceeds your expectations.

How much should I tip?

Many clients are unsure if and/or how much they should tip their massage therapist. We recommend you think of your massage therapist as you would a waiter in a restaurant. Our studios’ therapists love what they do and your tip may reflect your appreciation for their service. We recommend tipping percentages be based on the full price of a regular massage, rather than the discounted price.

How often should I receive a massage?

For those who use massage as preventative care or to manage daily stress, one massage a month is common. Weekly sessions may be desirable if you are receiving massage for injury relief or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life. There are many people who incorporate massage therapy at least twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief.

What does a massage therapist’s license or certification mean?

A license means that a massage therapist has met the requirements and paid the fee to legally practice massage in your city, county and/or state. To obtain a license, a massage therapist will usually have to complete a minimum number of training hours at an accredited or accepted school or training center and will have to undergo a full background check prior to receiving that license. Each state has specific licensing and/or certification requirements for massage therapists.

Will I be covered during the session?

You will be properly covered or draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. No areas will be exposed without your consent. You should always let your therapist know if you are uncomfortable for any reason during your massage session.

What are the different types of Massage?

At Elements Therapeutic Massage Mission Viejo, we take pride in our therapists and the expertise they bring.  We focus on the following therapeutic methods, although they make up only a portion of what our highly skilled therapists are trained in.  We will be continuing to add more in-depth articles through our blog each month.

Deep Tissue Massage:  Working on loosening stressed muscles, Deep Tissue Massage can do more for the body than relaxation alone.  It can also be helpful in the elimination of scar tissue by breaking up the tissue and increasing blood circulation to the area to help restore your movement.  Through stretching of muscles to release tension, Deep Tissue Massage helps encourage the body to return to its natural state of alignment, helping to improve posture.

Hot Stone Massage: This cold day favorite massage technique can help combat negative effects that cooler temperatures can take on your body by warming your muscles and your mind from the inside out.  Hot Stone Massage enhances a regular massage by incorporating hot stones on specific trigger points throughout your body easing muscle tension without deep pressure. 

Prenatal Massage: Beginning after 12 weeks of pregnancy Prenatal Massage is used to alleviate the main ailments of pregnancy; decreased circulation, joint pain, and muscle fatigue.  During pregnancy there are specific points to avoid for health reason and Prenatal massages is always customized to the individual. Our therapists understand the effects of the hormone relaxing which enables muscles, ligaments, and cartilage to stretch and the care that needs to be taken to avoid overstretching.  Given the physical and mental benefits associated with Pre-Natal massages and acknowledging this special time in your life, we encourage you to discuss massage with your prenatal care provider prior to adding it to your prenatal program.

Sports Massage: Highlighted for athletes, Therapeutic Sports Massage is also beneficial to anyone in an exercise program.  From preparing muscles for training and optimal performance to recovering from an athletic event, Therapeutic Sports Massage can help prevent minor issues that prevent and derail exercise programs.

Trigger Point Massage: Best for Highly localized 'knots' where the body holds tension.

Swedish Massage: Relaxation massage for stress relief and a good 'first' massage modality, Swedish Massage can start helping through the decreased stress build-up of our daily lives.  Our mental well-being is just as important as our physical well-being and reducing the stress in our lives have an overall positive impact on our overall well-being.

Additional Modalities:

TMJ Massage: Temporomandibular Joint dysfunctions or any disorders of the jaw have been referred to as TMJ syndrome and include, but are not limited to, locking of the jaw, inability to cloth the mouth comfortable, clipping, headaches and pain in the neck, shoulder and back.  While not the primary cause, a reduction in stress and relaxation of muscles can improve TMJ symptoms.  TMJ Massage pinpoints affected muscles in the jaw to help stretch and relax the muscles to promote proper realignment of the jaw bones to relieve the effects of TMJ.

Lymph Drainage Massage: Also known as Lymphatic Massage, Lymph Drainage Massage works to increase the level of production in the lymph system helping in the removal of toxins.  The lymphatic system works to help cleanse and filter out toxins and bacteria from the body.  When not working correctly, frequent colds and flu infections, headaches and migraines, joint paint, loss of appetite and depression can all occur. Lymph Drainage Massage can also be helpful in edema, sports injury, lack of energy or those suffering from a sluggish immune system.

Chair Massage: Chair massage can help give the body relief from the physical and mental stresses of everyday life.  Providing your mind and body with a chance to unwind, massage has also been shown to increase serotonin levels which, in turn reduce the chances and effects of depression.

Arthritis Massage: Specialized Arthritis Massage can provide general pain relief, relax stiff, sore muscles and help reduce inflammation and swelling of the joints.  Arthritis Massage can increase circulation, helping to remove toxic build up in joints, a contributing factor to Arthritis.  Arthritis Massage requires a specialized technique that needs to be done by an experienced therapist and with a lot of communication so different techniques can be used with inflamed joints.

Fibromyalgia Massage: Therapeutic Massage has been used to; increase blood circulation in muscles to promote faster muscle repair, produce increased stimulation of oxygen supply to needed cells, and release toxic waste products from the tissues into the circulatory system. People with Fibromyalgia can benefit from reduced pain, stiffness, stress and depression, and improve sleep patterns associated with Therapeutic Massage.

Reiki Massage: While not a specific massage, Reiki healing can be incorporated into your massage experience.  Performed by a licensed and experienced therapist who is also a Reiki practitioner the two practices can be combined for optimal results in therapy.

Can my athlete son/daughter come in for a massage? he/she is still in High School and is under 18.

Yes, children below 18 may make appointments for massages at our studio.  A parent or guardian must accompany them for the first time to sign a release waiver.

The City of Meridian requires us to have the release waiver notarized.  There is a notary on site at our studio.

We do not encourage you to allow  children under 14 to get a massage without a doctor's release.  Parents of younger children - below 14 - are asked to remain in the therapy room with their children during the massage.

The couple's room is available for a parent to have a massage along with their child.

Do you do nails, hair or facials at your studio?

We do not.  We are strictly concerned with the best Therapeutic Massage you will ever receive!

We can point you to nearby facilities that do offer those services.

How do I get an appointment? and Where are you?

Call us at 208-888-9922 or

Fax us at 208-888-9662 or

Email us at meridian@touchofelements.com or

Simply drop in and visit our studio at 1505 South Eagle Road in Meridian.

We have a Google map on our website: touchofelements.com/meridian

We are very close to the Eagle exit on I-84.  Exit the interstate South on Eagle, proceed South on Eagle to Overland Road.  Turn right (West) on Overland, turn into the Grandview Marketplace shopping center immediately behind the Pita Pit.  We're right in front of you!

How do I prepare for a massage?

Come ready to relax and destress.  You are welcome to undress to your comfort level.  Only the part of your body currently being massaged will be exposed.

It is advisable to drink water before and after your massage.

How long has the Meridian elements Studio been open.

We opened our doors in May, 2008.

What if I have to use the Restroom during my massage?

That does happen....

Simply tell your therapist that you have to use the restroom and she/he will point you in the right direction.

There is a robe available for your use that your therapist can get for you.

 

What is your Wellness Program?

Our Wellness Program is a no-contract membership that allows you to receive a massage a month at a reduced rate.

There is no sign up or cancellation fee and the membership may be shared between two individuals. 

Once a month, $49 for a 55 minute massage, is deducted from your bank account.  You may also elect to enroll in a 80 minute massage membership for $72.00 a month or a 110 minute session for $95.00 per month.  All three types save you $20.00 on each massage.

Hot Stone Memberships are also available.  The 55 minute massage session is $10.00 extra and the 80 minute and 110 minute sessions are $20.00 extra.

You may elect to cancel at any time although we don't think you will want to!  We do require a 30 day notice period to cancel.  This gives the bank time to adjust your account - take off the auto withdrawal - and you time to use up your unused sessions.

Visit our studio or give us a call for more information : 208-888-9922.

Our Studio Location

Elements MassageBoise-Meridian
North West corner Overland & Eagle
1505 S Eagle Rd
Suite 100
Meridian, ID   83642
p. (208) 888-9922
f. (208) 888-9662

Mon - Sat   9am - 9pm
Sun   10am - 7pm
You may also make an appointment through the following email address:

meridian@elementsmassage.com

or simply visit our studio

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