FAQ

  1. What are the benefits of massage?

    Massage decreases the stress hormone cortisol which reduces anxiety, balances your energy and increases awareness of the mind-body connection. Massage stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and increases oxytocin which is associated with feelings of peace and contentment. Massage boosts the immune system by stimulating the lymphatic system and the circulatory system. The lymph system is the body’s natural defense system and stimulation of the lymph system increases white blood cells. Massage also increases circulation which in turn speeds up the metabolic process and elimination of metabolic wastes, reduces inflammation and allows the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs for healing and recovery.

  2. What is Wellness?

    Wellness is defined as ''the quality or state of being Healthy in Body and Mind especially as a result of deliberate effort'.

  3. What time should I arrive?

    We recommend that you arrive at our Fort Lauderdale holistic massage center 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. If it is your first time at our center, Please arrive about 15 mins prior to the start of your appointment time. There are a few health intake forms to be filled out.

  4. How long of a massage should I schedule?

    It is recommended that you schedule at least 90 minutes for your first massage. This allows a little extra time for addressing your special concerns and time to answer any questions you may have.

  5. What type of massage should I get?

    The type of massage technique that you choose generally depends on how you’re feeling, the ailments that you have, and the benefits that you hope to receive from your session. Please give us a call if you’d like to further discuss the services that we offer and the type of massage or treatment that you’re looking for.

  6. What are the contraindications in massage?

    In massage therapy, contraindications are medical factors that restrict a massage therapist from offering a specific treatment to that client. Some contraindications that might have an effect on the type of massage that you can receive are varicose veins, pregnancy, sunburn, bruising, undiagnosed lumps or bumps, cancer, a fever, and recent operations or injuries, among others. This is why it’s important to bring up any medical concerns before your appointment begins and to complete your health intake to the best of your ability. A contraindication does not mean that your massage can’t take place, as massage can be therapeutic for some conditions. If you have a medical concern, it’s best to consult with your physician first. If you are feeling sick or not well, it’s best to reschedule your appointment. Receiving a massage while feeling sick is not relaxing or comfortable for the receiver and could potentially get your therapist sick as well.

  7. Is it ok to get a massage if I am pregnant?

    During maternity, women are always searching for methods to alleviate unpleasant symptoms & feel better as many body & life changes, as well as heightened emotions, occur during this time.

    One beneficial option is Prenatal massage therapy.

    All Natural Wellness Center has experienced Certified Prenatal Massage Therapists ready to help you!

    What are the health benefits?

    Regular massages during pregnancy can have many positive health effects on both mother & baby, such as:

    -Reduced Back & Joint Pain
    -Muscle Tension Relief
    -Less Headaches
    -Lower Stress & Anxiety
    -Improve Sleep Quality
    -Reduce Edema
    -Lower Birth Complications
    -Increased Muscle & Tissue Oxygenation

    At All Natural Wellness Center, our certified and well-trained massage therapists are willing to work with you during your pregnancy, so you and your new baby can experience these benefits firsthand. Our friendly therapists will provide you with a custom prenatal massage regimen to improve your quality of life during pregnancy. It is safe for pregnant women to get massages even on a regular basis in the second and third trimester as long as they have no major health issues that prevent it.

    Prenatal Massage Therapy can bring many benefits during pregnancy. However, there are a few precautions to keep in mind before receiving a massage while pregnant-as massage therapy is not recommended during the first trimester*.

    *When pregnant women should not get a massage? Here are a few reasons to postpone until after pregnancy if these medical issues or conditions, where an increase in blood flow due to stimulation of the circulatory system is not recommended:

    During early pregnancy, until completion of first trimester

    -When it’s not recommended by your Obstetrician
    -Uncontrolled high blood pressure
    -Pregnancy-induced hypertension
    -Recent surgery
    -Pre-term labor in past pregnancies
    -Recent organ transplant
    -High-risk pregnancy (Preeclampsia or congenital heart problems)

  8. Why Hot or Cold therapy?

    Hot and cold therapies are widely used to treat muscle pain and sports injuries. Help your patients choose the right treatment option with our essential guide.

    The application of heat or cold to an injury or area of pain is a traditional remedy. The rationale for both the use of heat (thermotherapy) and cold (cryotherapy) has developed over the years, resulting in advanced treatment options for a wide range of conditions.

    Key points 

    Thermotherapy and cryotherapy are typically used to treat muscle-related pain.

    -Cryotherapy should be used immediately after injury, whereas thermotherapy should only be used when inflammation has reduced.

    Both treatment options should be used with caution in patients with circulatory problems or diabetes.

  9. What is CBD?

    The All Natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agents of CBD reduces inflammation within muscles and joints, allowing the massage therapist to work more effectively.

  10. Will one session "fix me"?

    There’s no single answer to this question. Just as all of our bodies are different, all results from massage therapy vary as well. Some people leave their appointment feeling immediate relief, while others don’t feel relief until a few days following their appointment, and some require a series of regularly scheduled appointments in order to notice significant improvement. Our Fort Lauderdale holistic massage therapists will provide you with recommendations with how often you should receive therapy following your appointments. One thing that we like to tell our clients, is that it’s better to keep your car maintained throughout the year than to wait until something breaks down. It’s important to speak with your massage therapist about your ailments and about your expectations so that they can help you understand the benefits that they anticipate you’ll receive through your sessions.

  11. What should I expect as a first time client?

    Arrive at our Fort Lauderdale holistic massage center 15 min prior to your appointment. You’ll be asked to complete a brief health intake. After completing the intake, Your massage therapist will take you into the treatment room. They’ll ask you general medical questions about any pain you’re experiencing or if there are any conditions that you need to be addressed. It’s important to be honest and transparent with any medical concerns and medications so that your therapist can safely adapt your session to your specific needs.

    The massage therapist will leave the room while you disrobe and ask you to cover yourself with a sheet and blanket. Please leave your undergarments on if it makes you feel more comfortable.Your massage therapist will give you a few minutes and will knock on the door before entering your room. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. Once your massage therapy session is completed, your massage therapist will leave the room.

     Please share any allergies or aversions to scents or oils so that your therapist can avoid these during your session.

  12. What is Swedish Massage?

    Classic Swedish massage uses long meditative strokes to sooth the body and release stress. Swedish Massage stimulates the lymphatic system encouraging the release of toxins and increases circulation and assists healing. Swedish is best for relaxation and stress reduction

  13. What is Sport/Deep Tissue Massage?

     

    Full body Sports/Deep Tissue Massage targets specific areas to promote health and healing by focusing on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes, stretching, passive movement and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. Deep Tissue is best for reducing chronically tight muscles and for those accustomed to frequent massage

  14. What is Lymphatic Drainage?

    Your lymph system is a prime mover of fluid in the body and directly tied to your immunity. You can think of it as a vast interlocking alleyway system between houses in a city. It may not be where the main street traffic is, but it is where all the major garbage pickups are as well as the storage of important core functions.

    The lymphatic system can be acutely damaged through surgery, trauma, chronic conditions, systemic issues, or poor circulation. Alternately you may want to work with your general health by including lymphatic massage as part of your health regime.

    When the system malfunctions or is taxed in such a way, an experienced therapist can help facilitate the fluid manually through the channels and nodes to relieve the pressure locally. Lymphatic Drainage is generally slow and uses light touch to effectively move fluid when your body cannot.

    Post Op Lymphatic Drainage therapy is incredibly useful for post-surgical swelling, people who have had lymph node removal or damage and chronic lymph conditions.

    Recovery from surgical procedures vary according to the procedure that was preformed. Recovery also varies according to the immune and healing systems of the person receiving the surgery I.e. their Lymphatic System. Most all surgeries require some down time, minimal activity and result in variable levels of pain, swelling, bruising, and discomfort after surgery. Ideally this treatment would be introduced at 2 weeks Post Op.

    The first 48-72 hrs after surgery is when you experience the most pain and discomfort. the first 1-2 weeks is when proper Lymph Movement is the most imperative to quick healing. Speedy healing during this time will reflect the effectiveness and flawlessness of the surgery areas. 

    -If you are unsure if you are ready for treatment- Before booking this appointment post surgery or have complex underlying health conditions, you must be cleared by your doctor or following his expected recommendation for treatment. Please come prepared with a note of discharge. We will not risk your health. During the treatment you must be able to lie comfortably on a table. If you come in too early, you will be sent home. Your health is our prime concern, having treatment too early does not help you. 

    *Lymphedema is a different condition than swelling or edema. For Lymphedema and wrapping, you must see a doctor.

  15. What is cupping?

    Cupping is an ancient form of Chinese alternative medicine that was developed to decrease pain while increasing circulation and energy. Suction is created on the skin and the suction mobilizes blood flow under the skin surface in order to promote Healing. It balances and realigns the flow of QI (energy).
    By creating suction and vacuum pressure, Massage Cupping is used to "soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways."(massagecupping.com) This can be added to a session for an extra benefit or as a full body treatment.
    Cupping is performed as part of our signature massage and is done as a treatment for a problem area. Cupping marks are sometimes left on the skin by the suction of the cup pulling toxins to the surface of the body. These marks are minimal, not painful and they fade in a few days.

  16. What is Medical Massage?

    You may need Medical Massage if you are recovering from muscle or tendon injury, suffer from hypertension and other cardiovascular conditions, Fibromyalgia, Migraine headaches, Osteoarthritis, Lymphedema, Post Surgery inflammation, and other systemic, metabolic health conditions.
    Stress:

    Hans Selye, a Canadian endocrinologist, coined the term ‘stress’ and described the General Adaptation Syndrome which outlined the three phases (alarm, resistance and exhaustion) of the body’s responses to stress as it progresses from acute to chronic. Chronic emotional stress can cause physical pain, it can also affect posture, decrease breathing capacity…, nutrition and hydration, all of which can affect the health and quality of the fascia and your quality of life.

    An Effective Massage To Release Muscular Tension, Promote Pain Relief And Deep Relaxation. The sessions may include Stretch Therapy, Neuromuscular therapy, cupping, deep-tissue work, cryotherapy, mayo-facial release and other Holistic Healing modalities.
    We are the answer to your search for 'Massage or pain relief near me'.

    Medical Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy may also help to repair and heal muscle and tendon injuries, as well as repair scar tissue from torn or injured muscles and tendons Contact us if you are still feeling pain and other unwanted effects from that leg, back shoulder or neck injury from College or long time ago.


    Clients should not search for just any ‘massage near me’ it will be better to find a licensed and certified massage therapist who can provide a Medical Massage treatment that is safe and effective for your medical or health situation.

  17. What is CraniaoSacral Treatment?

    CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a very light-touch manual therapy approach to addressing imbalance in the body. It releases tension deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, improve whole-body health and performance and allows the entire body to relax and self-correct. Few body structures have more influence over your health and well being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system–the soft tissue (fascia) and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord. By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to dis-ease and enhances your health and well being. A CST treatment allows you to reconnect to your subtle body through light touch; a welcomed change from our aggressive urban lifestyles. “Many people have a belief that life is difficult and healing is painful. CST helps them let go of that belief. The healing process can be much more gentle and subtle.

  18. What is Reflexology?

    Reflexology helps with many kinds of health issues arising out of physical and emotional stress and tension; chemical/hormonal imbalances and other systemic conditions.

    Applied gentle pressure to acupressure points on the hands or feet promote energy movement and renewal.

    Reflexology is generally relaxing and may help alleviate stress.

    The theory behind reflexology is that areas of the foot correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to the foot is believed to bring relaxation and healing to the corresponding area of the body.

    Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Reflexology is sometimes combined with other hands-on therapies and may be offered by chiropractors and physical therapists, among others.

    Several studies indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as stress and anxiety, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Given that reflexology is also low risk, it can be a reasonable option if you're seeking relaxation and stress relief.

  19. What is Shiatsu?

    Shiatsu - the finger pressure therapy 

    "Shiatsu" SHI (finger) ATSU (pressure) means a method of treating illness with digital compression.

    The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare states, "Shiatsu therapy is a form of manipulation administered by the thumbs, fingers, and palms without the use of any instrument, mechanical or otherwise, to apply pressure to the human skin, correct internal malfunctioning, promote and maintain health and treat specific diseases."

    When a part of a body is sluggish or in pain, the natural reaction is to press or rub it with the hand. This reaction is probably the true origin of SHIATSU THERAPY.

    "The heart of shiatsu is like pure maternal affection; the pressure of the hands caresses the springs of life to flow."

    Shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or Qi through the body. Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of Qi.A scientific explanation is that Shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress.

    The shiatsu therapist applies pressure using his or her fingers, thumbs, and/or palms in a continuous rhythmic sequence.

    The pressure feels more localized, because unlike other types of massage, the finger pads are used to apply pressure for most of the treatment instead of the entire palm. Certain pressure points may feel tender, which some people describe it as "good pain."

    If you feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment, tell your therapist and he or she will adjust the pressure so that it is comfortable to you. Wear loose comfortable clothing.

  20. How do I know if the pressure applied during a massage is too much?

    If you are tensing up in response to the pressure or if you find yourself holding your breath and you can’t take deep breaths comfortably then the pressure is too much please tell your massage therapist.

  21. What if I am running late to my appointment?

    We understand things happen, however, arriving late may limit the time of your service. Your treatment will end at the scheduled time to accommodate the next guest appointment.

  22. How do I cancel an appointment?

    You can cancel your appointment through by calling us at 754-243-5763.

  23. What is your cancellation policy?

    We respectfully request a 24 hour cancellation notice. Any no shows or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be charged

    Please understand that when you forget or cancel your appointment without giving enough notice, we miss the opportunity to fill that appointment time, and clients on our waiting list miss the opportunity to receive services. Our appointments are confirmed 24 hours in advance because we know how easy it is to forget an appointment. Since the services are reserved for you personally, a cancellation fee will apply.

    Less than 24-hour notice will result in a charge equal to 50% of the reserved service amount.

    “NO SHOWS” will be charged 100% of the reserved service amount.

    Appointments made within the 24-hour period and need to cancel, the client then must cancel within 4-hours of appointment time or will result in a charge equal to 50% of the reserved service amount.

  24. Should I tip my Therapist?

    Although a tip is never required, a gratuity of 20 percent is standard if you enjoyed your experience. It’s customary to base your tip on the original price of your service. Although cash or Venmo is preferred, your tip can be given in cash or debit/credit card???

  25. What is Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of alternative medicine in the world. It’s an ancient form of Chinese Medicine (over 2,000 years old) that activates your body’s natural ability to rebalance and heal itself. Acupuncture is a natural, safe treatment where your acupuncturist inserts a sterile and painless, hair-thin steel needle on various acupoints of your body. These needles stimulate your body’s nerves, muscles, and connective tissue by activating your body’s meridians (energy pathways) to rebalance energy flow. Acupuncture can help with conditions ranging from digestion, sleep, infertility, chronic pain, headaches, and so much more.

    How Acupuncture Works 

    Most recently, neuroimaging studies have shown that acupuncture affects a network of systems in the brain, including decreasing activity in the limbic system (the emotional part of the brain). Acupuncture needles are able to:

    -Stimulate Endorphin Release with Analgesic Affect to Reduce Pain

    -Stimulate Blood Flow and Tissue Repair

    -Signal the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system to reduce stress levels and regulate breathing, digestion, and heart rate

    -Acupuncture has been recognized by the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization to effectively treat the numerous health conditions.

     

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