Q: What is Muscular Therapy?

A: Muscular therapy is the specific form of training that I was certified in when I attended the Muscular Therapy Institute(formerly of Cambridge MA, now known as the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, MA).  MT can be divided into four parts:
1. Deep Massage
2. Tension-Release Exercise
3. Body-Care techniques
4. Postural Realignment
Developed by Dr. Ben E. Benjamin (view his Bio with this link http://www.benbenjamin.com/ben.html), Muscular Therapy is a comprehensive manual approach for coping with everyday tension and alleviating muscular pain through body re-education.

Q: What kind of massage should I have?

A: This really will depend on what your expectations of the treatment are.  If you are seeking a more focused style relaxation massage, a “Deep Heat Muscle Therapy” treatment would by an ideal choice.  When you are experiencing chronic pain and are looking to get to the root of the problem, Muscular Therapy would be my recommendation.
Muscular Therapy is a well rounded treatment that really includes all of the above in addition to instruction on self care and tension release exercises.  When you arrive to your appointment, discuss in detail, your current level of pain so that I can custom tailor your treatment for you.  Because of my experience and advanced training, I am able to integrate a multitude of modalities in order to optimize your massage treatment.

.Q: When should I NOT have a massage?

A: If you’ve had a sudden or “acute” injury, it would be best to allow between 48-72 hours before coming in for treatment.  Remember in these instances that “Ice is Nice” and that applying heat can have just the opposite effect when applied to acute injuries.
If you have any acute contagious infections such as cellulitis with MRSA or ringworm for example.  Once you have completed a course of antibiotics or the rash has cleared you can resume massage.
If you are sick you should rest and reschedule, especially if you suspect you may have a fever.  Having a massage in this condition may rapidly worsen your symptoms and could possibly spike your fever!
Important Note:  If you arrive to your appointment and it is clear you should not be having massage because of a medically-related condition, your appointment will be rescheduled.  Please call me in advance if you are unsure of whether to keep your appointment or reschedule it.

Q:  Can you describe your office space?  How is it set up?
A:  I work within PREVAIL Martial Arts and Fitness Center of Amherst, NH-centrally located for most of the Southern New Hampshire area .  While I do have my own office space on the 2nd floor next to the yoga studio,  I do not have a separate waiting area upstairs.   There is a cozy waiting area with seating that is for both customers of Prevail fitness center and my practice.  Upon arrival, if I am not present at the main entrance when you arrive, you may have a seat in the waiting area.  I will bring you into the office when it is ready, as I may be finishing up with another client when you first arrive.

Q:  Do you accept insurance?
A:  At this time, I do not accept insurance.  I am in the process of reviewing several Wellness Programs that are offered by some of the major commercial insurance carriers.  If your health insurance plan covers massage or offers a wellness plan, please contact them to see if they will reimburse you for an out-of-network provider.  If you have been in a motor vehicle accident or are receiving massage for a workmans compensation accident, I can work with you to provide the necessary documentation for reimbursement.

Q:  What is your cancellation policy?
A:  24 hours advance notice.  No shows and appointments cancelled within 24 hours will be charged the full amount of the massage and must be paid for prior to booking subsequent appointments.

Q:  What is Deep Heat Muscle Therapy?
A:  Deep Heat Muscle Therapy is an organic heat therapy utilizing a hand held soft cushion to penetrate into sore aching muscles.  The wraps are hypoallergenic and contains no latex.  The cushions glide over the skin and provide a deep relaxing effect on the muscles and soft tissues in the body.