Diane Fisher, LMT, NMT

agitator | educator | facilitator

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can benefit from receiving Massage and Healing?

Individuals in all walks of life can enjoy the benefits of massage and healing. If you are a stressed-out executive, a student, a laborer, a stay-at-home mom, or an ill and home bound person, massage and healing may be an option to aid you on the road to recovery, well-being or maintaining your level of health. Massage and healing can help release muscular tension and pain, reduce mental, emotional and physical fatigue, reduce stress, and promote faster healing. For more information about stress & massage or tension headaches, please click here.

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese name consisting of two words Rei and Ki meaning spiritually guided life energy or also known as Universal Life Energy. Reiki, thought to have been practiced for thousands of years, was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It allows the recipient to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve health and enhance the quality of life. Reiki is a positive force that works only for good. Reiki is good for all conditions and illnesses and does no harm. Reiki heals on all levels: physically, mentally and spiritually and supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

How can Spiritual Healing help me?

Spiritual Healing works on physical, emotional and mental levels. On the physical level, this may be a reduction in pain, symptoms, and a re-integration of health to the body. Emotionally, healing releases stress and changes the mood. Mentally, old thought patterns can be let go. These are some of the positive effects of spiritual healing which are as wide-ranging as the thousands of people who rely on it.

When is Massage not a good idea?

There are specific situations where certain types of massage or bodywork may not be a good idea~ including, but not limited to broken bones, circulation issues, recent surgery, inflammation of the skin, varicose veins, urinary concerns, open wounds, acute infectious diseases, acute pain, fever and blood clots to name a few. It is important that you inform any practitioner of your current health status.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep Tissue massage is a method of massage intended to address the deeper layers of muscle and fascial tissues (connective tissues surrounding the muscles). There are many methods of Deep Tissue work but the results are focused on reaching the areas that are, under normal circumstances, untouchable and cause us much pain and distress. You know those ‘knots’ underneath the shoulder blade or muscles so tight that it is hard to penetrate. Deep Tissue work is also used to address injury related conditions to break up scar tissue and promote proper healing of the underlying tissues. 

Will it hurt?

In general, no, a massage will not hurt. However, there may be times where we need to work more deeply into the muscles and connective tissue (fascia) to relieve your pain and tension. During these times, breathe slowly and deeply to aid the relaxation of these constrictions. If at any point, the discomfort crosses a line for you, please let your therapist know. "No pain, no gain" doesn't always ring true with massage.

Should I eat before my appointment?

You may want to have a snack or a light meal before most bodywork sessions. As your body begins to relax, digestion is activated, and you don't want your blood sugar to drop too low during or immediately after your session.

What about clothing?

Depending on the type of work we are doing, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear.

Many clients are unsure whether they should be clothed or unclothed for a massage. Whether or not you wear clothing, or how much clothing you wear, is entirely your decision. Your therapist should always be sensitive to your need for privacy, and we will keep your body covered with a sheet at all times, except for the area being worked on. After undressing to your comfort level, get on the table and cover yourself with the top sheet. We will check with you before coming into the room to be sure you are ready. Please speak up immediately if you are uncomfortable in any way.

What should I do during the session?

Make yourself comfortable. If it is necessary to adjust your position, we will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

How often should I schedule?

Most of us would get massages almost daily if we could afford the time and money. Many of the effects of massage are cumulative, adding up over time.

Most people who want to make massage a regular part of their health maintenance will get massages every 1 – 6 weeks. Others just come in when they have the time. I never pressure people to come more often than they want – I believe that it is your responsibility to determine your own needs, and I would never want you to feel guilty for coming less often than I recommend.

For acute problems, like overwork or muscle spasms, you may want to come weekly or even more often for a series. If you are in pain, you should always feel more relaxed after the massage, although the pain may linger a while. The massage itself, especially if deep, can cause some inflammation. It may be a day or 2 for this to subside and you to feel better.

For chronic problems, general massage may relax you and release the muscular tensions that make it worse. Obviously, massage won’t prevent pain from structural or neurological causes like herniated disks or diabetic neuropathy from returning. But when pain causes us to tense muscles, we begin a pain-spasm cycle gets worse and worse. Massage can help break that cycle.

Most of the studies showing the benefits of massage are done with a regular course of massage over a period of eight weeks or more. While you will get results from a single session, to maximize benefits you may want to make massage a part of your on-going health maintenance. Anywhere from a weekly to even a monthly or every six to eight week treatment can be effective in turning massage into a regular part of your life. If you do decide to become a regular client please ask about discounted series packages. They are a great way to make your sessions more affordable per treatment.

What about tipping?

Tips are graciously accepted but I prefer you NOT tip me and put that money towards your next massage session. Feel free to write a review on Yelp or Google Places, or email me a testimonial in place of tipping. Invest in your own health and inspire others to do the same!

When are you available?

By appointment Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Do you take same day appointments?

Same day appointments are unlikely, however you are always welcome to inquire. If possible, you will certainly be accommodated.

Do you accept credit card payments?

Yes. At this time we accept payment via cash, check or credit card.

How do I schedule?

You may schedule by calling or emailing.

by appointment only