what is the difference between swedish and deep tissue?
Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
Deep tissue massage uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
how often should i get a massage?
While everybody is different, generally speaking, getting massage on a monthly basis can be an important part of preventative care. However, if there is a specific condition or injury to address, more frequent sessions may be necessary, initially. Your therapist will be able to discuss a treatment plan with you after they are able to assess.
Can I get a massage while pregnant?
Yes! Massage is a great way to address the common aches and pains that arise during pregnancy and can be safely added to your healthy pregnancy plan with a few accommodations. Your therapist will utilize various pillows and bolsters to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the session. We do advise that you check with your doctor prior to your session.
Are the therapists licensed?
Yes. Massage therapists in Massachusetts must be licensed which means they have completed 650 hours of training at an accredited school that includes courses on anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, various types of massage, and over 100 hours of clinical, hands on experience.
does cupping work?
Cupping is beneficial as a means to increase circulation in muscles which aids in recovery and supports removal of metabolic waste and lactic acid build-up. You can find out more about cupping in this video.
can massage help with headaches or migraines?
Yes, massage can be very beneficial in relieving the pain associated with headache or migraine. Tension headaches are quite common and can be caused by tight muscles in the head, neck, face, or shoulders. Massage is a great way to loosen these muscles. The overall effects of massage including reduced tension, stress, and anxiety along with increased circulation are all helpful in addressing pain caused by various types of headaches. There are different types of massage that can be helpful in addressing headaches (for example, trigger point work, reflexology, Swedish) so please discuss with your therapist or call the office to be sure your needs are addressed.
how can cbd help during my massage?
The anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agents of CBD reduces inflammation within muscles and joints, allowing the massage therapist to work more effectively.
what should i expect during my first massage therapy session?
Your massage therapist will review your intake form and discuss, with you, any relevant conditions, your goals for the session, and their plan for the session. This will be done in a private treatment room. Once the plan for the session is set, you will be left to get on the massage table while your therapist prepares.
Do i need to be completely undressed?
This is completely up to you! Your therapist will advise you to undress to your desired level of comfort. You will undress in a private treatment room and will be covered by sheets and a blanket during the session. Any undergarments that are worn may require your therapist to alter the plan or approach to accommodate as they will work around the garments.
If you prefer to not undress at all, we offer clothed services such as Chair Massage or Energy work.
will i be covered during the session?
You will be properly covered or draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Your therapist will uncover only the area of the body that is being worked on. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason during the session, you should let your therapist know immediately.
should i tip? How much should i tip?
Tipping is a great way to show your therapist that you enjoyed the service they provided! Should you choose to leave a tip, you have the option to leave cash or add a percentage to your card when checking out. As it is not required or expected, any amount you choose to leave is appreciated.
what is included in the session time?
Here at Westborough Massage, the time you book is the hands on time. Our appointments are staggered to allow the therapists appropriate time for cleaning, intake, and preparation so this is not done during your appointment time.
will my massage hurt? should massage hurt?
There are many different types of massage and the pressure used can vary depending on which type of service you have booked, your therapist, and your body’s response to the work. Your therapist may discuss areas where some deeper work may be necessary but your feedback on what you are feeling is an important aspect of a successful massage to ensure it is not too much to handle.
Massage does not have to hurt to be effective. Please communicate with your therapist if the pressure is not quite right - we will adjust!
what should i do after my massage?
We recommend that you be sure to drink plenty of water after your massage to ensure your muscles and tissues stay hydrated. We also recommend taking some time after the session to relax and feel the full benefits of massage, but there are no restrictions.
If you feel sore after a session, a hot shower or bath can help to ease any discomfort.
Westborough Massage Policies
what if i am late for my appointment?
We ask that you arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment, but understand that things happen. If you are running late, please call the office so the therapist can be alerted. If you are delayed more than 15 minutes, the length of your session may be adjusted so we can keep the schedule for other clients.
i need to cancel my appointment, what should i do?
We ask for at least 24 hour notice for any cancellations. If you must cancel within the 24 hour period, please call our office directly at (508) 244-0444.
do you take insurance?
We do not accept insurance, but can provide any necessary documentation (receipts, session notes) to assist in any reimbursement efforts.