Natural pain care through massage therapy

Integrative Touch and Bodywork

Natural Pain Care
Through Massage Therapy

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Massage F.A.Q.'s

Q: What types of massage do you offer?
A: Modalities

Q: What’s the difference between massage at the spa and massage at IT&B?
A: Massage at a spa is normally geared specifically towards relaxation. The number of treatment modalities offered are typically limited and often times the massages are based on choreographed routines designed to be experienced the same way by each person every time regardless of the individual needs, contraindications, and/or body type of the client being treated.

Here at IT&B, the massage that you receive will be custom designed for you upon arrival at the clinic. Therapists will create a unique and specific treatment plan for you after assessing your personal needs and concerns; chronic pain, acute injuries, medications, contraindications, and most importantly personal preferences.

You will be educated on your options as far as potential treatment modalities that are available as well as appropriate for you as an individual. Each massage treatment will be different from the last as your needs change and overall condition improves. At IT&B, your needs will always determine the method of massage used.

Q: Will I have to fill out paperwork?
A: Please refer to our Patient Forms

Q: Do I need a prescription to receive massage?
A: Only if you are seeking massage as a result of a car accident or personal injury. In order to be reimbursed for our medical treatments, Insurance companies require a Prescription Form filled out by a Medical Doctor (MD), Chiropractic Doctor (DC), Osteopathic Doctor (DO), or Acupuncturist.

Q: What should I expect to happen during my first massage visit?
A: The LMT will review your Intake Form and review any possible topics; medications, allergies, etc, that may require modification of the massage session. There may also be a brief orthopedic assessment of posture and specific joints. The massage therapist will also review the massage procedure, including how much to disrobe, positioning, draping, etc. The massage therapist will also answer any questions and attend to any concerns the client may have.

Q: Do you offer sensual or erotic massage?
A: Absolutely not. Not only do we not offer sexual services, it is unlawful to do so. Any and all requests for sexual services are unlawful and will not be tolerated.
See Chapter 480, Florida law for more information

Q: Must I disrobe completely before my massage session?
A: Our Thai Yoga Bodywork and Energy Bodywork sessions can be done through clothing. Thai Yoga is best done with clients in comfortable and resilient active-wear For more information about before, during and after your massage please read the massage page.

Q: How long does a massage session last?
A: We recommend 90 minutes for a well-balanced, thorough session. This amount of time insures that all areas of concern are assessed and addressed. In addition, it allots sufficient time to review paperwork and any client education during your time in our clinic

Q: What do I do during my massage therapy treatment?
A: Before, During & After Massage

Q: Will massage be painful or uncomfortable to receive?
A: Before, During & After Massage

Q: Will my skin break out from the massage lotion or oils used for my massage?
A: We currently use two products, both of which are hypoallergenic. There is no massage media (lubricant) currently available that is non-allergenic. If, however, you prefer us to use a massage media (ie bath & bodyworks products, cocoa butter, etc) and are willing to provide this product for your treatment, we would be happy to oblige.

Q: I have been diagnosed with ______, is massage inappropriate?
A: See Cautions and Contraindications

Q: How often should I be receiving massage?
A: Massage works best when used for prevention and maintenance. Similar to a tune-up and oil change for your car, everyone should be getting massage 1-2 times a month to keep joints, muscles and movement functioning optimally and to keep stress & tension to a minimum. If you have been traumatized by an injury or car accident, it is recommended to get a massage 2-3 times a week to monitor improvements and to make any minor adjustments to treatment. Your well-trained massage therapist will recommend how frequently you should receive treatments according to your needs.

Q: Is there anything I should do after my massage treatment?
A: Before, During & After Massage

Q: Will I be sore after a massage therapy treatment?
A: Before, During & After Massage

Q: Should I tip my massage therapist?
A: Gratuities are not required, although greatly appreciated by the therapist.

Q: Do you take any other forms of payment other than cash or check?
A: Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover card

Q: Do you have special pricing for bundled massages or massage packages?
A: Yes, Please refer to our fee schedule

Q: Do you offer gift certificates?
A: Gift certificates are available on request

Q: What are your cancellation policies?
A:  Please refer to our Policies and Procedures

Q: What are your hours of operation?
A:  Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Q: Where are you located?
A: Contact information and directions

Q: How do I become a massage therapist?
A: Florida College of Natural Health