Violet Lotus

GUGI's MASSAGE THERAPY & ACUPUNCTURE

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FAQ's

 

Payment:

 

  1. When do I pay for the service?
  2. What forms of payment are accepted?
  3. Is medical insurance accepted?

 

Massage:

 

  1. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
  2. Where will my massage session take place?
  3. What do I wear during the massage?
  4. What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
  5. How will a massage feel?
  6. Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
  7. Is a massage always appropriate?
  8. How long will a massage treatment last?
  9. How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?

 

Acupuncture:

 

  1. What can acupuncture treat?
  2. How does acupuncture work?
  3. What does the examination and consultation involve?
  4. How long is the visit?
  5. Is acupuncture safe?
  6. Do the needles hurt?
  7. What is moxibustion?
  8. What is cupping?

 

 

Payment Answers:

 

  1. When do I pay for the service?[Top]

    You do not pay for any service until after the service has been completed. If you are not able to show for your appointment then Gugi will not be paid, so please consider this and call in advance to cancel or change the appointment. When you give adequate warning of a cancellation then another client can fill your cancelled appointment.

  2. What forms of payment are accepted?[Top]

    Other than cash, VISA, Mastercard and debit are also accepted.

  3. Is medical insurance accepted?[Top]

    These services are accepted by most insurance plans.

 

Massage Answers:

 

  1. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?[Top]

    Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.

  2. Where will my massage session take place?[Top]

    Your massage will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort

  3. What do I wear during the massage?[Top]

    Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.

  4. What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?[Top]

    Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

  5. How will a massage feel?[Top]

    It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.

  6. Will the massage oils used make me break-out?[Top]

    Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist's attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand. Or, you can bring your own lotion or oil, if that makes you most comfortable.

  7. Is a massage always appropriate?[Top]

    No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

  8. How long will a massage treatment last?[Top]

    The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.

  9. How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?[Top]

    Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.

 

Acupuncture Answers:

 

  1. What can acupuncture treat?[Top]

    Many Canadians have been learning about Oriental medicine from magazine articles and television programs. They are now curious as to whether their health or condition can benefit from oriental medicine. The World Health Organization has determined that acupuncture is an effective therapy for over 200 clinical conditions, including:

    • neck, back and shoulder pain
    • repetitive stress syndrome (including carpal tunnel syndrome)
    • insomnia
    • migraines and headaches
    • alcohol, food, and tobacco addiction
    • accidental injuries (promotes healing)
    • sprains
    • osteoarthritis
    • rheumatoid arthritis
    • respiratory problems
    • digestive problems
    • gynecological disorders
    • circulatory disorders
    • nervous system disorders

    Acupuncture also reduces stress and anxiety, and helps patients enter a deep state of relaxation, which enhances the healing process. Herbal medicine can increase the effectiveness of your acupuncture treatment and is often the primary treatment for chronic internal medical disorders.

  2. How does acupuncture work?[Top]

    Acupuncture works with the body's life-energy or bioelectric energy,"qi" (che). Qi flows in well-defined pathways throughout the body. Some scientists believe these are the paths of least resistance in the body. Acupuncture points are places where this energy flow tends to get stuck, and is easily accessible. Pain, illness and discomfort are symptoms of blocked or disrupted energy flow. After the causes and origins of the blockage are identified, the qi is accessed through particular acupuncture points, and smooth balanced flow is carefully encouraged. As harmonious flow is restored, the entire body benefits, and symptoms tend to disappear.

  3. What does the examination and consultation involve?[Top]

    An exam/consultation includes what you tell the practitioner about your medical history and what your body says: The appearance of the face and body build, the shape and color of the tongue, the quality of the pulses, the feel of diagnostic areas such as the abdomen and back. An acupuncturist may test for weaknesses along the "meridians" and weaknesses in the muscles. Sometimes devices that measure electrical activity of acupoints may be used.

  4. How long is the visit?[Top]

    Usually the first visit is the longest in order to allow for a complete history taking and exam - typically an hour. Follow-up visits are shorter, usually 15 to 45 minutes, depending on practitioner and patient needs. Sometimes other therapies, such as moxabustion, acupressure/massage and exercises are incorporated with the acupuncture treatment.

  5. Is acupuncture safe?[Top]

    Yes. Acupuncture has no unpleasant side effects and does not interfere with any medical treatment you may already be receiving. Occasionally patients may get a small local bruise or feel light-headed for a few moments. The acupuncture itself is as gentle or strong as the patient needs. Highly sensitive patients only require a very light touch in order to get results. In China, we often witnessed a 'no pain no gain' approach to acupuncture. Generally, practitioners in the west are gentler. When anxious patients feel their first acupuncture needle, they usually respond: "Oh, is that all?" There should be no discomfort to the patient, except as new feelings often described as 'weird', 'pulling', 'warm' or 'achy'. There is usually an overall sense of deep relaxation.

    The practitioner is well aware of the concern over infectious diseases, and takes every measure to insure cleanliness as all health care professional do. Our needles are sterile and only used one time. Bleeding rarely occurs, unless done so on purpose in specific situations. Even then the amount is minimal and in no way dangerous.

  6. Do the needles hurt?[Top]

    Some patients do not feel ready for needles ("healing filaments") on their first visit. Needles used for acupuncture are almost as thin as a human hair. Often, when patients first feel the sensation of needles, their fears dissolve. We use very gentle technique. Each session is tailored to meet the specific needs and sensitivities of the patient. In addition to the acupuncture, patients are often treated with moxibustion (an herbal warming method), acupressure, and cupping. Customized herbal formulations are often recommended as well. Patients are given suggestions for self-care between appointments.

  7. What is moxibustion?[Top]

    Moxibustion is the burning on the skin of the herb moxa. The Chinese character 'Chiu' is used to describe the art of moxibustion, and literally means 'to scar with a burning object'. Moxibustion does not now involve scarring, but moxa is still used to provide local heat over acupuncture points. It is made from the dried leaves of Artemisia vulgaris and the Chinese believe that the older the moxa, the better its therapeutic properties.

  8. What is cupping?[Top]

    Cupping is a therapy in which a jar is attached to the skin surface to cause local congestion through the negative pressure created by introducing heat in the form of an ignited material.