Got Questions about Massage Services at Gold’s Gym in Lorton? We’ve Got Answers!
What should I wear to my massage appointment?
- You should wear what is comfortable for you. You don’t need to take off all your clothes to receive massage. However, most massage techniques are best done with as few clothes on as possible to allow access to the areas that require treatment. We provide draping on the treatment tables in the form of sheets and blankets to facilitate the need for privacy and allow your therapist to get to your body. Only the treated area is exposed at any given time, and we never expose genital and female breast regions in the course of treatment no matter what clothes you leave on or off. The treatment rooms are totally private to allow you to transition from your street clothes to the table and back again.
How often should I get massage?
- You can receive massage as frequently as you like (Some is better than none and more is better than some). Athletes often receive massage daily and some people come in as needed. It all depends on individual goals and schedules.
Can I tip my therapist?
- Tips are always appreciated but never required. Tips cannot be added to credit card charges. If you would like to tip your therapist, it is best to bring cash.
Can I work out after my massage?
- It’s recommended to allow time to remain relaxed after your massage session to receive maximum effectiveness. One of the benefits of massage is to counter effect the habitual tensions caused by how you use your body. If you work out immediately after a massage, the tendency is to tighten back up into your typical patterns, lessening the positive results of the massage.
What kind of massage should I ask for?
- At Gold’s Massage we believe the therapist is most effective when able to use a blend of techniques to address individual goals and needs as they go along. We charge by the time rather than type of massage to allow you to get the most out of your session
Why do I have to pay for a session if I can’t keep my appointment?
- The 24 hour cancellation policy has no exceptions and goes both ways. We require each individual, client or therapist, to be responsible for their time commitments. If you cancel (or reschedule) with less than 24 hours notice, leaving little to no chance of rebooking the appointment time, you have to pay for the session so that the therapist does not lose income. If the therapist cancels with less than 24 hours notice, your next session is complementary. The reason for the cancellation does not need to be explained or discussed. Whether the situation is something under your control or not, the result is the same. The therapist only gets paid when clients come in, empty time slots are lost income.
Will the massage hurt?
- Some types of massage are more intense than others depending on individual needs. Even if deep or painful areas need to be addressed, there will be plenty of preparation to relax the area to keep the massage as pleasant as possible. Massage is most effective when kept within a comfortable range. If the massage hurts, you are likely to tighten up, limiting the effectiveness of the treatment. Most people are aware that the painful area is being worked on but typically the massage itself does not hurt. Communicating with your therapist is helpful in ensuring that the massage is enjoyable and effective.
Is it okay to sleep during the massage?
- The body still receives the benefits of the massage even if you have no memory of receiving it. However, at times it can be helpful for you to consciously aid in relaxing an area as well as long term gain in learning how to do so. Some sessions may require your participation but it is unlikely that you would sleep during that type of massage.
Why do you massage somewhere other than where I said it hurts?
- The cause of pain or discomfort is rarely exclusively located in any one area including the place in which it hurts. It is always beneficial to work the entire muscle chain involved.
Do you accept insurance?
- We do not do any insurance billing. Some people have been able to get reimbursed by their insurance company or use a flex fund. We can provide an itemized bill and the therapist’s license number to aid in your dealings with your insurance company.