Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to our clients most common questions.
If you need further information, please call us at 951 990 9437.


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What Kind of Clients Do You Work With?

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My practice involves athletes of all levels. They can range from highly competitive athletes to active people with musculoskeletal complaints. I regularly use referrals to physical therapy, acupuncture, sports nutrition, and coaching to aid clients.


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Will Massage Therapy and Self Care Techniques improve my athletic performance?

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Yes, in an indirect way. Massage Therapy guides your body to a state of higher efficiency. A Massage Therapy session will help break down muscle adhesions, increase range of motion, relieve knots, increase circulation, decrease pain, stretch tight muscles, reduce stiffness and generally reduce the negative after effects of hard training. 

Getting regular massages has many benefits for athletic performance, but those benefits are tremendously increased if self-care techniques are used in between sessions. This “homework” usually includes: hot/cold therapy, stretching, self-myofascial release, acupressure, mobility drills, lifestyle habits and rest. Go to our BLOG tab on the home page for self-care techniques!


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How can Massage Therapy and Self Care Techniques help with my injury?

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Massage therapy has been proven to reduce recovery time for injuries to heal by improving tissue health. It can also reduce swelling and inflammation associated with soft tissue injuries. A therapist can locate and deactivate “trigger points” that can form as a result of trauma or stress. For serious injuries, Massage therapy helps form strong pliable scar tissue to prevent the forming of stiff scar tissue. Furthermore, it assists with range of motion and tissue extensibility. 

There is almost always a gap between the start of an overuse injury and the point where you require professional treatment for it. With a little work and some dedication, you can catch problems in that gap and prevent symptoms/problems from becoming injuries. If an injury does occur, self-care techniques will assist with the recovery time and improve tissue health in affected area. 


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How often should I get a Massage?

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It depends on several factors such as volume and intensity of training, whether or not you have chronic pain or acute injury. For some athletes, they include a weekly massage as part of their training cycles to maximize their performance. Other athletes get an occasional Massage for areas that are painful. The best way to reduce the effects of hard training is with regular Massage. We suggest you try a series of Massages to see how you feel when the positive effects accumulate (session packages are available). Getting massaged even once a month regularly has long lasting positive impact.


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How often should I use Self-Care Techniques?

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We recommend dedicating about 10-15 minutes a day to specific muscle groups. Avoid overdoing it on compromised soft tissue to avoid more inflammation. More is not always better. Our BLOG will provide you with different techniques to work on issue areas.    


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Are there times that I shouldn’t get a Massage?

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Yes. Contraindications are conditions when you should not be massaged. The most common condition among athletes is that of an acute injury or inflammation. Usually the first 72 hours after an injury is the acute stage. After the swelling and pain begin to diminish, massage is recommended. There are many possible contraindications so please alert the therapist of any medical condition or injury before a massage session. Some conditions are localized so massage may take place except in the affected area. Always consult with your doctor prior to starting any new program after an injury or surgery.


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What is Acupuncture and when are you offering this service?

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Acupuncture is one technique of many in Chinese Medicine. It is the the insertion of needles into specific points on the body that can be used in the treatment of injuries and musculoskeletal and constitutional imbalances. For athletes, it can be used to promote faster recovery from training and improve performance. It is a simple, safe, effective and economical therapy that is free from side effects. Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are superfine and often imperceptible upon insertion. National clean needle standards require that all acupuncture needles be pre-sterilized, disposable and individually packaged. This service will be offered in 2017.