do I know if my massage therapist is properly trained?
Ohio was the first state to license the
practice of massage therapy. Massage therapists
are regulated by the State Medical Board of Ohio. Each massage
therapist must complete at least 750 clock hours of coursework in
massage techniques and theory, anatomy and physiology, pathology, and
ethics. Clinical practice and study in hygiene are also required. The
student must pass the licensure exam and then may practice as a
Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). You can be assured that any
has received all of the necessary training to practice massage therapy
in Ohio. (Always check with your massage therapist if there is any
question. In Ohio, designation as a "masseuse" or "masseur"
usually indicates that the individual is not licensed to perform
massage therapists seek further specialized training and continuing
education in a variety of other techniques, such as pregnancy massage,
sports massage, or neuromuscular therapy, to name only a few. And some
massage therapists opt to take an additional credentialing exam to
become Board Certified, making them eligible to perform
massage therapy in many other states, in addition to Ohio. If they
pass, they can also use the credentials BCTMB (Board Certified in
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) after their name.
is both licensed in the state of Ohio (LMT) and Board Certified
(BCTMB). She has also received a variety of specialized
and continues to seek out new educational opportunities to offer a
variety of massage therapy techniques to best meet your needs. Learn more about Tracy here.
I need to do to prepare for my first massage?
When you schedule your first appointment, Tracy will ask some basic
questions about your needs and what type of massage you are seeking.
Tracy will coordinate a time for your appointment that works with your
schedule. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before your first appointment
time to complete a confidential medical history and information form.
If you prefer, you can download
the intake form in
advance. You can then print, complete, and bring the form with you to
first appointment. You will need to update this form at least once a
happens after I arrive for my appointment?
Before your first massage Tracy will
review your completed intake form with you to make sure there are no
contraindications to you receiving massage that day. You may be asked
to complete another brief form describing any pain you may currently be
experiencing. At subsequent
massage sessions please make sure to let Tracy know about any changes
in medical conditions, medications, recent illnesses, or injuries, so
she can provide you with the most appropriate massage to meet your
needs. You will also discuss your expectations for the massage and any
current concerns you are having. Tracy will explain her
plan for the massage to address your desired outcome.
areas of my body will be massaged?
A typical full body massage will include
the head, face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, hips/glutes,
and back. The abdominal area may also be massaged if you wish. Be
assured, however, it is against Ohio law and a Licensed Massage
Therapist will never massage
the genital area (male or female). Also, while work may be done on the
muscles of the chest, a Licensed Massage Therapist will never work
on the female breasts. This is your massage and you should feel
with the plan before you proceed. Please feel free to ask questions or
indicate if there are any body areas that you prefer not to have
please mention if there are areas where you would like Tracy to focus
spend extra time.
need to undress completely?
This is entirely up to you and your
level of comfort. Many clients prefer to leave panties or briefs on
during their massage. If you will be receiving work on the lower back,
hips and glutes, it is sometimes easier for the massage therapist to
work directly on the skin. However, there are many techniques that can
be used working through or around underwear. Your body will be covered,
except for the area that is being massaged. Tracy will
always use proper draping techniques to protect your privacy. If you
any questions before or during the massage, please do not hesitate to
the massage therapist be in the room
while I change?
Once you have your treatment plan in
place, Tracy will give you instructions about how to position yourself
on the massage table. She will then step out of the room for a few
minutes while you undress to your comfort level and get comfortable
the covers on the massage table. Tracy will knock on the door before
entering to make sure you have had enough time to prepare for the
massage. At the end of the massage, Tracy will again step out of the
room so you can change in privacy.
should I do during my massage?
First of all, take a deep breath. Think
the tension leaving your body. During the massage, Tracy may ask you
questions or check in with you from time to time about your treatment.
you want more or less pressure, if Tracy finds a painful area, or if
makes you uncomfortable, please speak up so adjustments can be made in
treatment. Some people like to talk during their massage, while others
asleep. Do what makes you feel comfortable and enjoy your massage!
the massage be painful?
When you are receiving massage to
address a soft tissue injury, muscle spasm, trigger point, or some
other type of ache or pain, massage can be uncomfortable. However, most
clients describe this as
"good pain" since it is ultimately helping the tissue heal. Tracy is
a believer in the idea of "no pain, no gain". Pain is your body's way
protecting it from further injury. During any massage, all techniques
be performed within your pain tolerance. Your pain level should never
more than a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest level of
pain. Anything beyond that is counter-productive, as your muscles
tighten and you
hold your breath to guard against the pain. Tracy will make every
to provide you with the most comfortable and least painful therapeutic massage to address
You may have some muscle
aches after the massage as well, especially after deep tissue work.
Your muscles might feel like they do after a strenuous workout. This
should only last about a day, ultimately leading to a feeling of
there ever a time
I should NOT have a
You should not have a massage if you are
feeling physically ill, nauseated, or if you have a fever. If you have
a cold you may need to think twice about receiving a massage. You may
be contagious and sometimes a massage can make you feel worse. If you
have undiagnosed acute pain you should see a physician before receiving
a massage. If you are pregnant you should discuss massage with your
obstetrician and obtain a prescription, especially if you are
considered "high-risk". Caution should be used if you are taking any
pain medication as your sense of pain during your massage will be
diminished and you risk injury with deep work. Many massage
techniques help increase circulation and blood flow. If you have any
of poor kidney function, heart or other circulatory problems, blood
or a clotting disorder, uncontrolled high blood pressure,
gastrointestinal or liver disease, or cancer, you may not be able to
receive a massage and will
need to discuss this with your physician before scheduling. Let Tracy
if you have any areas of bruising, broken skin or a rash. You should
ANY medical conditions or concerns with Tracy before your massage. If
is any doubt or concern that massage may put you at risk of further
or may make your condition worse, you will be asked to see your
physician before proceeding.
I need to tip my massage therapist?
Tipping is up to you. Some massage
employ multiple massage therapists expect client's to tip and pay the
therapist accordingly. In medical settings, tipping a massage therapist
sometimes discouraged. At Tempo Therapeutic Massage tips are not
but are appreciated.
Do you accept credit cards?
While cash or check are still the preferred forms of payment,
all major credit cards are now accepted. You may also purchase a single
or massage package in advance. Go to the
page and make your selection. You can then purchase
the massage through PayPal using either your credit card, or
PayPal account. *Please note, the new client and other discounts are
only available in the office, not online.
What if I need to reschedule my massage?
As an appointment-driven
business, at least 24 hours notice if you
have to cancel or reschedule your massage appointment, is greatly
appreciated. You will find the full
cancellation policy here.