FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are Studio Mantra's hours for massage?
Massage appointments are available every day: Monday through Thursday from 9:30am-8pm, Friday from 9:30am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm. To schedule an appointment, call 512.960.4660 or book online.
If you walk-in or need to book an appointment for the same day, all means available will be made to accommodate your request. Studio Mantra accepts Cash, Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & Discover.
What can I expect during my first appointment?
When making your first appointment to visit our office, we ask that you come ten minutes early to your appointment in order to fill out an intake form. Afterwards, your therapist will have a conversation with you about what to expect from your first session, what your needs are and what we can reasonably accomplish in our first hour, and possibly moving forward. We will then make a plan together on how to proceed. Please be prepared to block an extra ½ hour for your first session.
What if I have to cancel my appointment?
All cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment to avoid being charged. If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment, you will be charged you 50% of the cost of the session for your therapist's time. Women going into labor are, of course, excluded.
What are the Benefits of Massage?
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments?
Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
• Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
• Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
• Ease medication dependence.
• Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
• Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
• Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
• Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
• Increase joint flexibility.
• Lessen depression and anxiety.
• Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
• Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improvingcirculation.
• Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
• Reduce spasms and cramping.
• Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
• Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
• Relieve migraine pain.
What issues does massage address?
There's no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
• Decreased anxiety.
• Enhanced sleep quality.
• Greater energy.
• Improved concentration.
• Increased circulation.
• Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits. In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
• Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
• Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
• Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
• High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
• Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
• Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat postsurgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Does it benefit me to get a massage more often?
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Massage Techniques and Modalites
What is Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)?
This modality uses soft-tissue manipulation to balance the body's central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. The goal is to relieve pain and dysfunction by removing the underlying cause. NMT releases spasms that cause referred pain and restores postural alignment and flexibility.
What is Myofascial Release?
When trauma or injury surface, the fascia, a thin connective tissue covering the entire body, becomes restricted tightening the muscles it envelops. This tightening prevents the muscle belly from being able to expand or contract naturally. This work aims to lengthen the fascia again, facilitating relief through release.
What is Trigger Point Therapy?
Triggers are areas of tenderness located within a muscle. Through direct steady pressure, triggers are de-activated and muscles are re-educated into a pain-free pattern.
What is CranioSacral Therapy (CST)?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
How does CranioSacral Therapy Work?
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with. Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy alleviates a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
What conditions does Craniosacral therapy address?
• Migraines and Headaches
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
• Motor-Coordination Impairments
• Infant and Childhood Disorders
• Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
• Chronic Fatigue
• TMJ Syndrome
• Central Nervous System Disorders
• Learning Disabilities
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Orthopedic Problems
Is there any condition for which CST shouldn't be used?
There are certain situations where application of CST would not be recommended. These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes.
How many CranioSacral Therapy sessions will I need?
Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can’t be compared to anyone else’s — even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own. The number of sessions needed varies widely — from just one up to three or more a week over the course of several weeks.
What is Cupping?
By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Where did cupping begin?
Historically cupping was used to drain toxins from snakebites and skin lesions, in cupping’s origin hollowed out animal horns were used to suck poisons out of the patients skin. As medical skills increased the therapeutic applications of cupping were applied to an increasing number of health conditions. In time the cups originally crafted from horns evolved to bamboo, then glass and silicone. Records have proven that ancient cultures of China, and Greece regarded cupping as a medical practice as early as 28 A.D. Over the years, the incredible power of the cupping suction have been used for many aches. ills and ailments. The powerful stimulation and increase in circulation has made a powerful difference in healing these and many other physical issues.
• Tightened or painful muscles
• Sprains or strains
• Pinched nerves
• Lung congestion
• Menstrual irregularities
• Gastrointestinal disorders
What does cupping do?
Cupping is known for its ability to break up localized stagnation. Cupping is reputed to:
• Drain excess fluids and toxins
• Loosen adhesion
• Lift connective tissue
• Enhance circulation in stagnant musculature and fascia
• Stimulate the peripheral nervous system
In Chinese medical theory, the stagnation can be of just about any type: blood, toxins, qi or dampness. The suction created by cupping draws stagnant toxins, heat, energy or fluid out of where it has accumulated deep within the tissues, and brings it to the body’s surface. Once close to the skin off accumulated toxins can more easily be eliminated via the body’s lymph system.
What does cupping help?
The following conditions benefit from the elimination of stagnation, and the elimination of toxins.
• Stagnated Blood - Injuries, adhesion, menstrual irregularities
• Accumulated Toxins – Gastrointestinal disorders, rigid muscles.
• Stagnate Qi or energy flow – Muscular pain, dysmenorrhea, pinched nerves
• Stagnation of the bodies fluids – Lung congestion, asthma, lactation dysfunction, edema, cellulite
Adhesion can be released either through the parking method or through moving the cup over the body. Congestion and stagnation are pulled up and are removed from their source. Allowing for the increased flow of fresh blood, energy and fluids necessary to expedite healing.
Vigorous circling movements with the cups on the thighs and gluteus maximus can help ease certain types of sciatica (along with breaking up adhesion and cellulite) in the area. Stationary cupping on the Back points can assist with the expansion of the chest and help relieve chest congestion, coughing and asthma.
Do you use glass cups and fire?
No. Although tradionally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we do not use glass cups and fire. We use the latest in silicone cups that are far more comfortable for the client and there is no risk of singed hair!
What is Lymphatic Massage?
Lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage (MLD), is a technique developed in Germany originally to treat Lymphedema. MLD is a gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system.
How does Lymphatic Massage work if it is such a light therapy?
Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch or about 4 kPa) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow. By performing lymphatic drainage massage correctly, we can stimulate the opening of the initial lymphatic and increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times. But if we push too hard, we collapse the initial lymphatic, diminishing the lymph flow. Excessive pressure can even break the filaments that hold the initial lymphatic in place. This is one reason that deep styles of massage are contraindicated in areas of edema. Luckily if deep pressure has broken any filaments, they usually reform within 24 hours.
What is Zero-Balancing?
Developed by Fritz Smith, MD in the early 1970s, Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. Following a protocol that typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes, the practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize. Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture and movement. By addressing the deepest and densest tissues of the body along with soft tissue and energy fields, Zero Balancing helps to clear blocks in the body’s energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment. A Zero Balancing session leaves you with a wonderful feeling of inner harmony and organization.
How can Zero Balancing help you?
Zero Balancing can help relieve body aches and pain, release restrictions in movement, and provide lasting relief from emotional distress to improve overall quality of life. Zero Balancing can also be helpful with specific goals such as relief from back pain, improving concentration or sleep, releasing unwanted stress, eliminating old behavior patterns, or boosting well-being. Zero Balancing works in conjunction with medical therapy and is not a substitute for it.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
What is Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy Massage can be performed from the moment you learn you are pregnant, through the laboring process and after your baby is born. It can not only provide relaxation or relief from pain during pregnancy but can prepare you physically and psychologically for labor and the birth process. In fact, massage while pregnant can result in a shorter labor. During your first trimester, prenatal massage can be performed, unless otherwise indicated while lying on your stomach and on your back, with proper elevation under one hip. Upon reaching your second trimester, you will be massaged side-laying or semi-supine position.
Do you use a massage table with cutouts for the belly and breasts?
No. Tables with cutouts rarely conform to an actual pregnant body. Moreover, their use can strain the uterine ligaments the larger the belly becomes. Especially vulnerable are the sacrouterine ligaments. The weight of the dangling belly pulls on these ligaments that support the uterus, causing unnecessary discomfort. Studio Mantra uses both sidelying and semi-reclining positioning, depending on the needs and comfort of the mother.
Should I start massage right after I become pregnant?
Yes. Early on in your pregnancy, your hormones are running rampant. Massage can help alleviate headaches and morning sickness and improve your posture for the impending strain on weight bearing joints.
When can I stop getting massaged while lying flat on my back?
While massage can be performed while lying flat on your back during your first trimester, it is always done with slight elevation of your right hip to reduce pressure on your vena cava, and it is not recommended beyond 22 weeks.
Is it true I can only lie on one side while getting a massage?
No. Unless you have been told by your Obstetrician or Midwife that you are not allowed to lie on one side in particular, you can receive massage while lying on each side. This allows the therapist to address both legs, hip joints and shoulder girdles, providing a balanced massage.
I can only sit/sleep with by upper body propped up. Can you still massage me?
Yes. For later in the pregnancy, and for those experiencing acid reflux, we use specially made cushions to prop up your upper body and release the strain and weight on your legs. Please let us know when making your appointment if you would like this option.
What are the Benefits of Pregnancy Massage?
Studio Mantra provides pregnant and laboring women, as well as new mothers, relaxing, nurturing and healing massage therapy and bodywork. The therapeutic benefits are many!
For Pregnant Women:
• Relaxation and stress reduction
• Help alleviate morning sickness/headaches
• Increase blood & lymphatic circulation
• Reduce strain on weight bearing joints
• Reduce leg swelling/edema
• Relieve pain from variscosities
• Enhance sleep
• Enhance immune system
• Relief of muscle spasms & cramps
• Physical & psychological preparation for labor/shorter labor
• Improved posture
• Prepare pelvic muscles for birth process
For New Mothers:
• Facilitate recovery
• Alleviate muscle strain of giving birth
• Rehabilitates skin & muscle tissue
• Realign pelvic musculature
• Facilitate healing from cesarean section
• Relax & reduce the stress of caring for a newborn