Frequently Asked Massage Therapy Questions
At Somatic Sole, your premier St. Louis Barefoot Massage spa, we love to answer questions and ease your mind. We hope these questions and answers satisfy your inquiries, but if not, please feel free to reach out to us anytime. We’re happy to help and hope to see you soon!
This is my first massage. What can I expect?
Upon arrival, you’ll start by filling out a client questionnaire. Your Somatic Sole massage therapist will then review it and discuss the reasons for your visit, symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, and desired outcome of the session. Next, you’ll undress and lay under the provided linens as your therapist leaves the room to let you get comfortable. When she re-enters the massage room, she’ll ask about your comfort level and if you have any concerns with temperature, positioning, or anything else. You’ll be encouraged to take deep breaths throughout the massage and assert any concerns if they arise.
After your massage, your therapist will discuss what to expect in the few days following your session. If you feel discomfort at any time, we encourage you to express your thoughts, feelings, or experiences even after you leave the studio.
What do I need to do to prepare for my therapeutic massage session?
Make sure you’re well-hydrated if possible. Otherwise, just show up and be prepared to be pampered!
Can you actually feel things with your feet?
Yes! Our feet are actually more sensitive than our hands. For example, think about running a hot bath. Your feet may experience the heat entirely differently than your hands. Your hands are always experiencing heat and cold, so your feet are fresh and ready to feel. It takes practice to identify the details of what our feet are feeling, which is why having tons of experience helps.
How often should I receive a therapeutic massage?
The best way to see the benefits of a therapeutic massage is to receive one regularly, if possible. That could be once a week or once a month, whatever fits into your time schedule and your life financially. Weekly is best since our muscles have memory. As a result, they need to be reminded regularly that relaxation is the preferred state. Not to mention the healing power of relaxing your mind and letting go of the stress that usually consumes your thoughts. All of us at Somatic Sole make sure we get massages weekly to stay in top form to provide you with the best massages possible. Ready to schedule? Come on in!
What if I suffer from back pain or other issues. Is it safe?
Barefoot Massage is especially helpful for chronic pain areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. It is a safe, effective therapy that treats everything from pain, tension, immobility, lack of flexibility, inflammation, and fatigue. Basically, the whole mind and body benefit. Barefoot massage therapy is taking the alternative pain management industry by storm by helping with countless issues. Some of these are listed below.
- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
- Repetitive strain injury (i.e., carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Postural problems
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Muscle tension or spasms
- Injuries (whiplash, falls, sports, etc.)
Emotional & Life Issues:
- Constant Stress
- Sleep Disturbances
- Inability to think clearly
- Being unable to “shut down”
Is massage for TMJ discomfort effective?
Many different factors can cause TMJ discomfort, but the most common is stress originating from your neck and shoulders. This stress could result from many years of sitting at a desk with poor posture or simply carrying stress in that area. Using myofascial release and other techniques, massage can relieve tense muscles and allow your neck and shoulders to relax and stay relaxed. Also, you can do a few things on your own to maintain a state of relaxation between massages.
Should I tip?
We genuinely enjoy our work and love sharing the world of massage with current clients and new people. As of January 2023, we are no longer accepting tips.
What if I drool, snore, sleep, cry, or make noises?
A massage studio is probably one of the few places where sleeping is a compliment. We encourage complete relaxation, so if that includes a little drool or nodding off here and there, by all means, be our guest! There is a line where noises can become bothersome to other people in the space, but we will gently remind you if it gets out of hand.
Should I talk during my massage?
We honestly don’t mind if you talk or if you don’t talk. Many times you are coming straight from traffic or work, and it seems natural to continue in that mode. Maybe you’re nervous or just a talker – whatever the case, we usually don’t mind. However, we encourage shifting out of that mindset and into a space of receiving relaxation. A very therapeutic aspect of massage is to exist between the state of asleep and awake. And you probably won’t get there if you’re talking. Also, the physical space is not conducive for much talking as it is disruptive to other clients receiving a massage. The one time we do encourage talking is if you experience anything uncomfortable, let us know.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please read more about our cancellation policy here.
Come See Us
If you have been craving a truly deep tissue massage and are in need of pain management, stress relief, or just an hour to completely let go, arrange for your appointment today. If you’re new to Somatic Sole, we offer free consultations to assess your needs so we can offer the best treatment for your concerns. We look forward to seeing you!
Feel better than you thought possible, from Sole to Soul. 314-722-6066.