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  • Do I have to be naked?

    • Not at all. However, if you want the best low back and hip relief, I highly recommend undressing completely. Barefoot massage in its pure form is a very hip and low back focused massage, so the best and most complete strokes are best performed without any clothing obstacles.

  • What should I do after a massage?

    • Drink plenty of water! If you are going to consume alcohol, make sure you consume twice the amount of water with it. Avoid sitting for periods longer the 45 minutes without moving. Avoid any heavy lifting or heavy activity for at least 24 hours. A warm bath with epsom salts will help to prolong the massage benefits. Most importantly, take it easy

  • Why are massages so expensive?

    • At Knotted, I try to keep my overhead as low as possible so that I can provide affordable and effective massages​ for everyone. With that said, massage therapists have a lot of hidden costs. Rent, licensing fees, insurance, continuing education fees, cost of supplies, quarterly taxes, business materials, health care, time, and energy take up about 50% of my income- and those are just business expenses! That is why I have such a Spartan cancellation policy. If somebody misses their appointment, it's not just a loss of income, it's a loss of livelihood.

  • What is the difference between Ashiatsu Deep Tissue and regular Deep Tissue?

    •          You arrive at your deep tissue appointment with the “No Pain, No Gain” mentality, readying yourself to probably shed a few tears on the massage table and wake up the next morning feeling like you unsuccessfully tried to outrun Tyrannosaurus Rex. Deep tissue should hurt right? If there is no pain, nothing is happening, yes? Thankfully, it’s a pretty common misconception that a deep tissue massage should hurt. Now, I’m not talking about the “hurts sooo good” feeling, I’m talking about the “bone crushing, sweat dripping, why am I paying this person” pain level that most people (and therapists) associate with a deep tissue. So why is that type of pain a bad idea, especially on the massage table?                                                                                                                 Your nervous system is divided into two types- your parasympathetic nervous system and your sympathetic nervous system. You’ve probably already heard of your sympathetic nervous system more commonly referred to as the “Fight or Flight” system. When your body perceives a dangerous or stressful stimuli- in this case severe pain- your body automatically goes into protection mode, whether you want it to or not. Your body dumps a heavy amount of adrenaline into your system, your heart rate increases, your pupils dilate, your airways relax allowing you to take deep breaths, blood is directed from your digestive organs to your muscles, your muscles contract, and you start to sweat. Every part of you that you can’t control is preparing you to fly off the massage table. Sounds relaxing right? Unfortunately, your body doesn’t know the difference between a bear attack and a rogue massage elbow, and once the sympathetic nervous system is activated, it takes some time to calm down. Basically you have just paid X amount of money to stress your body out, and have a therapist dig as deeply as they can into a contracted muscle. You end up leaving the massage worse off than where you started.                                                                                                          We obviously don’t want the sympathetic nervous system to join you on the massage table! Enter in the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as your “Rest and Digest” system. This is where the magic happens! No massage is truly successful until you turn this system on. Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system decreases your heart rate, blood is directed to organs for digestion, muscles relax, breathing slows and your body decreases energy usage. A relaxed muscle is much easier to work on, and far more therapeutic. In simpler terms, your body is giving the therapist permission to work.  Alright, so where do we go from here? Deep tissue is an art form, and the key to any good piece of art is technique.                                                                        So why Ashiatsu? Since Ashiatsu is done with the feet, deep pressure is delivered over a very broad and flat surface so there is no sharp pain involved. But don’t worry, you aren’t sacrificing pressure to avoid activation of the sympathetic nervous system. In fact, you are getting three times the pressure of an elbow, without the sharp, stabbing pain that often activates the fight or flight system! Ashiatsu allows the therapist to work much deeper, getting to all the tissue layers with less incidence of sympathetic nervous system activation. Every muscle fiber, every wrap of fascia and every tendon gets a deep, steamroll and stretch without severe pain. It’s far easier to maintain “hurts so good” pressure with a broad surface, you stay in your happy place, and the body gets a chance to truly and completely unwind.

         

  • Massages seem like a luxury more than anything. Is there any real benefit to them?

    • Knotted Therapeutic believes that massage is an integral part of your preventative healthcare routine which is why each massage is priced to allow multiple visits. Massage increases circulation, especially to damaged tissue that is starving for nutrients, stimulates lymphatic flow which supports the immune system and aids in the removal of cellular metabolic waste​, increases joint flexibility by relaxing the muscles surrounding stiff areas and stretching areas of scar tissue that limit movement, alleviates areas of pain, reduces spasms and cramps, reduces headaches and migraines, and releases endorphins. Plus, it's a great way to reduce stress and anxiety.