How often should I get a massage and will I have to keep going? This is a difficult question to answer, because it really depends on the individual and their particular condition. If you are just going to relax, you may only need once per month. If you were in an accident, you may need more therapy in the beginning, and less as your pain decreases. After treating you, your therapist can give you a guideline as to how often they think you should come. It ultimately depends on your pain level, time commitment, finances, insurance coverage, and healing time will affect your decision.
What do I wear? You can wear as much or as little clothing as you wish. Whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. You will be covered by a sheet and blanket at all times. The only area uncovered is the area we are working on. Most people wear their underwear, some prefer to wear nothing, some women leave their bra on, some people bring shorts, others are fully clothed. We would rather have you fully clothed and comfortable than totally unclothed and nervous. Generally, lotion or oil is applied to the skin to allow the therapist's hands to work on the area being treated. This is why removal of clothing is suggested.
I am nervous about receiving a massage; what can I expect? Very often, first time clients come in and tell us they are nervous. This is normal for any new experience! Part of any massage, even if it is therapeutic, is to help the client to relax. Communicate with your therapist any concerns you may have.
Do I have to see the same therapist each time I come in for a massage? You can stay with the same therapist or switch therapists at any time. It really depends on what style of massage you like, or if one therapist has a schedule which is more compatible with your own. You will not offend a therapist if you switch to another within the clinic.
Should I go for an hour or half an hour? For your first appointment, we usually recommend a full hour. This will give your therapist time to go through any assessment or testing while still giving a fair amount of time for hands-on work. This will also give them a chance to see what areas require more focused work. This way, you can see what areas you prefer, as well. If you think you want a full body massage, it takes an hour. If you want us to concentrate on specific areas (ie: neck, shoulders, or lower back), then a half hour is usually sufficient. Again, it is ultimately up to you.
Will my insurance pay for this? Call the 800 number on the back of your insurance card and ask your insurance company if you have massage benefits. Question to ask them are:
- How much coverage do you have, if any?
- Is there a deductible? is it per calendar year (January-December)?
- Do they cover a certain amount per year?
- Is a medical doctor's prescription/referral required?
Do I need a referral from my doctor? Yes, LSMT needs a referral/prescription with a diagnosis code from your doctor or chiropractor to bill medical insurance, PIP or L & I .
If I was in a car accident, will my car insurance pay for massage treatments? Check with your insurance agent to confirm that you have Personal Injury Protection Coverage (PIP). If you do, your insurance should pay for massage therapy treatments. Just bring in the following information:
- Adjuster name, address, phone number
- Referral/Prescription, date of accident
How do I pay for massage therapy treatments? you may pay by cash, personal check, Visa, or MasterCard.