The Right Touch

Sandra Gill, CMT, LMT
9130 Clayton Street
Thornton, CO 80229
303-349-7277

Sandra Gill, CMT, LMT

FAQs

The most frequent UNSPOKEN question about massage therapy: Do I have to get totally naked?

You don't have to do anything you don't want to do.


You may undress to whatever point YOU are comfortable. This means you may remain fully clothed, you may undress completely, or to your comfort level. I will leave the room allowing you sufficient time to disrobe and knock before entering the room. You then lie down on the massage table under a sheet and blanket. During the massage, only the part of your body currently being worked on is ever uncovered. Those parts of your body generally considered private are never uncovered or massaged. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the massage, please inform me immediately.


How long are therapeutic massage sessions and how much does it cost?

Massage session are usually last one hour. Half-hour sessions are also available and usually focus on only one area of the body. With special arrangements, an hour and a half or two hour session may be more beneficial because extra focus can be given to a particular area or muscle group.


The cost may vary from one part of the country to another, and from one therapist to another. At present, the range can be anywhere from $50 to $200 per hour, depending on the area, the qualifications of the therapist, and the type of therapy.


My rates are: $55 for an hour session; $30 for a half-hour session; $15 for 15 minutes; $80 for a one and one-half hour session; $110 for a two hour session; and $20 for a 20 minute chair massage. Gift certificates are available. Studio sessions are by appointment only.



Does insurance cover massage therapy?

This depends largely on the part of the country you're in and which insurance you carry. Some companies will pay for massage therapy if it is prescribed by a physician. Generally, insurance companies do not cover massage therapy. Massage more often tends to be covered for motor-vehicle accidents and stress relief. With Colorado's conversion from No Fault to Tort, there will be far fewer prescriptions for therapeutic massage to aid in the recovery from auto accidents.



What are those "knots"?

Those knots are called "adhesions" and are muscles or areas of soft-tissue that are sticking together. Although pain or discomfort are not always present, flexiblity and range of motion in and around a joint may be limited. Knots (adhesions) often occur around a site of previous surgery, injury or inflammation.



Should therapeutic massage be extremely painful?

Certain conditions may require a physician or healthcare providers approval before receiving a massage. Untreated high blood pressure, acute inflammation, fever, recent trauma and certain heart conditions, as well as pregnancy may restrict clients. When in doubt always consult with your physician or healthcare provider.



Are there any restrictions?

Certain conditions may require a physician or healthcare providers approval before receiving a massage. Untreated high blood pressure, acute inflammation, fever, recent trauma and certain heart conditions, as well as pregnancy may restrict clients. When in doubt always consult with your physician or healthcare provider.



When should I expect results?

Depending on the type of massage style (modality), in most cases, results can be felt as soon as your massage session is completed. Clients feel rejuvinated and relaxed. Chronic (old) conditions may require specific massage techniques and could take up to 4-6 weeks (or more) of therapeutic massage to achieve results. There is no guarantee, but just the positive feeling of caring touch is a healing power.



How often should I receive massage?

Your personal situation will determine when and how often to receive a massage. In cases of chronic pain or certain medical conditions, your physician may determine the frequency and length of your massage sessions. Other times, you and your massage therapist can work out massage frequency and length for your specific needs. When stressful situations arise, a massage can help you relax, release and let go. The cumulative effects of a weekly massage can certainly enhance your health and well-being.



What about massage and pregnancy?

In addition to the benefits received when not pregnant, massage can help women learn about healthy nurturing touch for their baby while they experience relaxation for themselves. There are specific tension patterns associated with weight gain (especially in the last trimester) that can cause serious discomfort. Massage increases the rate of circulation and distribution of body fluids while relaxing stressed muscles. By reducing fluid and gas pressures in the soft tissues, abdominal organs and joints, symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion, low back pain, nausea, and related anxiety can be reduced.



How should I choose which massage therapist to see?

First, consider basic credentials. All massage therapists in Colorado are licensed by the State of Colorado DORA. Look for membership in a recognized professional organization, such as ABMP or AMTA.


I graduated with Honors from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 1997. I belong to the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals [ABMP] and am licensed with the State of Colorado (License #765).