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Frequently Asked Questions-
Massage Therapy

Get informed about massage therapy through our concise and informative FAQ section.



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What conditions can Massage Therapy treat?
Massage therapy can address a wide range of conditions, including acute and chronic pain, muscle tension, sports injuries, stress, anxiety, and more.

Is Massage Therapy painful?
The level of discomfort during a massage varies depending on the techniques used and your personal pain tolerance. It's important to communicate with your therapist to ensure a comfortable experience.

What types of Massage Therapy do you offer?
We offer various types of massage, including Swedish Massage for relaxation, Deep Tissue Massage for targeting deeper layers of muscle, Sports Massage for athletic recovery, and more.

How often should I get a massage?
The frequency of massages depends on your individual needs. For maintenance, a monthly massage is recommended, while specific conditions may require more frequent sessions.

Can I get a massage after Dry Needling?

Yes, massage after a dry needling treatment is a phenomenal compliment and will provide faster healing. Dry needling quickly improves blood flow and tissue health. When massage is done immediately after it provides a unique way for the body to heal even faster through greater blood and lymphatic flow. Massage therapy also reduces inflammation and helps patients sleep better, improving the results from the dry needling by ensuring the necessary rest and recovery.

Can I get a massage after Acupuncture?

Yes, massage after Acupuncture is EXTREMELY relaxing. Acupuncture releases many neurochemicals including feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. Many patient report falling asleep during their acupuncture treatment. Massage Therapy after Acupuncture is a very powerful tool for those dealing with tension, high stress, sleep disorders, and more. In short, its a match made in heaven and many patients love the back to back combination of these modalities.


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Do I need to undress completely for a massage?
Your level of undressing is entirely up to your comfort level. Massage therapists are trained to ensure your privacy and modesty during the session.

What's the duration of a typical massage session?
Massage sessions usually last 60 to 90 minutes. The duration depends on the type of massage and your preferences.

Should I tip my Massage Therapist?
While tipping isn't mandatory, many clients choose to tip around 15-20% of the session cost as a gesture of appreciation for the therapist's work.

Can I request specific areas to be focused on during the massage?
Absolutely. It's essential to communicate your preferences and areas of concern with your Massage Therapist before the session starts.


Can I get a massage if I have a medical condition?
In most cases, massage therapy can be adapted to accommodate various medical conditions. However, it's recommended to consult your healthcare provider before getting a massage if you have any concerns.



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Can I receive a massage if I'm pregnant?
Prenatal massage is specifically designed for expectant mothers. It's recommended to consult your healthcare provider before scheduling a prenatal massage.

Can I talk during a massage session?
You can talk as much or as little as you'd like during your massage. Some clients prefer to relax in silence, while others enjoy conversation with their therapist.

Can I get a massage if I have a skin condition?
In most cases, having a skin condition doesn't prohibit you from getting a massage. However, it's advised to inform your Massage Therapist about any skin conditions before the session.

What should I wear during the massage?
You'll be given privacy to undress to your comfort level. Many clients choose to be completely undressed, while others prefer to keep their underwear on.

Can massage therapy help with chronic pain?
Yes, massage therapy can be beneficial for managing chronic pain conditions. It's important to communicate your pain level and areas of discomfort to your therapist.

Is there a specific time when massage therapy is most effective?
Massage therapy can be effective at any time of day. Some people prefer morning sessions to start the day relaxed, while others find evening sessions help them unwind.


At Summit Acupuncture in Philadelphia, we specialize in the proven and impactful practice of massage therapy. This therapeutic approach aims to alleviate discomfort and help you restore wellness by targeting specific areas of tension and stress throughout your body. In this section, we will walk you through what to anticipate during your massage therapy session, ensuring you're fully prepared and well-informed.

Initial Assessment:
Before your massage therapy session, our skilled Massage Therapist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your needs, taking into consideration your physical condition, preferences, and desired outcomes. The Assesment may include range of motion testing and orthopedic testing to find root causes of pain conditions. This information will guide us in designing a personalized massage plan tailored precisely to your requirements.

Your massage therapist will ensure your privacy as you prepare for your massage session. Drapes will be provided to ensure your comfort and maintain your privacy. You'll have the option to disrobe to a level that feels comfortable for you.

Massage Technique:
Massage therapy involves the application of skilled touch to specific areas of tension and discomfort. Our experienced practitioners will apply varying degrees of pressure and techniques tailored to your preferences. Our therapists employ myofascial release and deep tissue massage techniques.

A typical massage therapy session lasts between 30 to 90 minutes, depending on your individual needs and the areas being treated. Our practitioners will continuously monitor your comfort and response to the massage, making adjustments as necessary to optimize relaxation and effectiveness.

Post-Treatment Care:
Following the session, you might experience temporary relaxation or a heightened sense of wellbeing. To support your recovery and enhance the results, we recommend gentle stretches, staying hydrated, and perhaps applying warmth. We generally discourage the use of cold applications after massage therapy. Warmth can be achieved through a soothing bath, a heating pad, or a warm shower. Additionally, we suggest considering massage-specific products like Evil Bone Water and Dr. Guo's 37 Cream for post-treatment comfort, available for purchase at our clinic.

Follow-Up Massage Therapy Sessions:
Depending on your individual needs and objectives, a series of massage therapy sessions may be recommended. Our practitioners will collaborate with you to create a follow-up plan that aligns with your goals, ensuring you experience lasting relaxation and improved well-being.

What Should I Expect During My Massage?

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