A Caring Touch: Massage Therapy
Handling Mothers and Babies With Care in State College, PA

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Massage?
Who can receive Massage?
What kind of Massages do you do?
Do you take my insurance?
Do I have to take off my clothes?
What is a "Chair Massage"?
How far in advance do I need to book an appointment?


Q. What is Massage?

A. Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue for relief from pain and relaxation of muscles. It does not work on bones or the bone structure but rather the softer muscles and tissues surrounding the bones.

Q. Who can receive Massage?

A. Massage is appropriate for all ages. Athletes can receive massage before or after a workout, and massage works well in conjunction with chiropractic work or physical therapy. Pregnant women can also benefit from massage to relieve fatigue and soreness. If you have any doubts, or certain chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, certain cancers, or communicable diseases, consult your doctor before receiving massage therapy treatments.

Q. What kind of massages do you do?

A. Every massage is tailored to the needs to the person receiving the massage. Our therapeutic work generally uses Swedish massage, and integrates deep tissue, trigger point work, and other modalities to suit what the client needs. The therapist is fully certified in every form and modality of massage that is done. For more information on what these different modalities are please click here.


Q. Do You Take My Insurance?

A. In the state of Pennsylvania, Massage Therapy treatments are not covered by insurance. The only insurance which may be used for massage is Car Insurance following an accident, or Workman's Compensation. In either of these cases, a doctor's prescription must be presented for all treatments.  

Q. Do I have to take off my clothes?

A. For a full body massage, the client will be asked to "disrobe to your comfort level". This means remove as much or as little of your clothing as they feel comfortable with. It is easiest for the therapist to work on bare skin because clothing can create unwanted friction and prevent the proper manipulation of soft tissue. When the massage is in progress, the client is fully covered by sheets and/or a blanket at all times and only the body part being worked on is exposed. Massage is not done on the chest or other sensitive areas, and the sheet is not removed over the chest or gluteus area.

Q. What is a Chair Massage?

A. A Chair Massage is done in a specially designed chair that allows the recipient to receive a relaxing massage focused on the back and shoulders. This type of massage is short, but very effective. There is no need to remove any clothing, and can be done almost anywhere. This is also a good massage alternative for people who have difficulty lying down on their stomach, but still want massage therapy on their backs

Q. How Far In Advance Do I Need To Book An Appointment? 

A. To insure the therapist is available, appointments should be made at least a day in advance. If an appointment made in advance needs to be canceled, please call no less than 2 hours before the appointment as a consideration to the therapist.

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