Manual Therapy for the Body and the Mind

FAQ

What sets you apart from the many other therapists out there?

Each therapist is unique. All have their strengths and methods. Greg views bodywork therapies as part of a total health-immersion lifestyle and frequently works in concert with a team of health professionals including physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers. His strength lies in providing productive therapy with results, in a safe and peaceful atmosphere. He offers a range of different techniques tailored to the needs of each specific client. His methods are designed to achieve meaningful results with minimal soreness or pain, both during and after the session.

I’ve never had a massage. What should I expect?


Welcome! We do everything possible to see that new clients come away from their first bodywork experience relaxed and revitalized. The “What To Expect” page should help understand what a typical session is like. If there are questions that have not been addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Almost too many to mention, but here’s a brief listing:
Regular massage therapy can help reduce pain, stress, soreness, tightness, muscle spasms, anxiety, depression, headaches, ADD/ADHD, heart rate, and blood pressure. It can help promote or boost immune function, digestion, muscle tone and flexibility, mobility and range of motion, postural balance and mental and physical well-being. For more information on massage research, go to Touch Research Institute.

What services do you offer?

Descriptions of the services we offer can be found here. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.

How often should I schedule visits?

Massage therapy is most effective when it is received consistently. The frequency depends on the reason the client is seeking treatment. For some dealing with injury, once a week or more might be appropriate, in conjunction with physical therapy and other treatment modalities. Others who use massage as part of an overall wellness program might come in once a month or every other month. Most people fall somewhere in between. Depending on the level of stress in a person’s life, whether they carry a lot of tension in their body, what they do for work and any number of other factors, they might find that a weekly or bi-weekly program is best suited to their needs.

Do you have music?

We have an extensive library of massage music to choose from. We feature a wide variety of genres, including new age, Native American, world music, smooth jazz, lounge/chill out, electronic ambient, classical, nature sounds, and more. We will accommodate a preference for a particular artist, CD, or genre, to the best of our ability.

Can my son or daughter get a massage?

Massage can be great for anyone, from the infant to the elderly. We accept clients as young as 8, with parental supervision, and have worked with people in their 80’s. We are certified to work with expecting moms as well.

Do you provide massage at peoples’ homes?

Home visits are available, based on location. Please see the “Mobile Massage” page here. Many questions are addressed there. Please call for service area or, if you send an email, please include your town and nearest major intersection

Which forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard. For mobile massage, a credit card is required to hold a reservation. At the appointment, payment of cash or credit card is accepted.

Are discounts available?

We have several options that have been especially helpful to those with limited funds.
 A popular one is the “reschedule credit”. See the Rates page for more details.


The Referral Rewards program is our way of saying thank you for sending your friends, family and co-workers to us. Three referrals earn a 15% coupon to be used within the next 6 months.


Student discounts of 15% are available with student ID
. Or, take advantage of our popular Seasonal & Ongoing Promotions!

My friend said her massage hurt and she felt bruised. Is this supposed to happen?

Certain therapeutic techniques function on the principal that strong sensation is the only way to affect lasting change. But even Deep Tissue does NOT equal pain. There is often discomfort when a therapist first reaches the deeper layers, and trigger points (tiny areas of “stuck”, irritated tissue) can be very sensitive. When working in these techniques, one can expect a “hurts so good” feeling, which is not the same as outright pain. If pain or even discomfort is experienced during the session, it is important to let the therapist know. Every body is unique, with different levels of tolerance for discomfort, and different responses to the work. A good therapist will interact with, and respond to, the needs and comfort of the client, but may need to be informed when an adjustment is necessary.
It is important to know that you MAY feel a bit sore in the 1-2 days following your massage, particularly if there is a lot of tension built up in the tissue. This is normal, and should dissipate, leaving the body feeling better. The sensation may feel like that following a heavy workout or some fairly strenuous physical activity that the body is not used to. Visible signs of bruising are often an indication that the work was too deep.

What if I suddenly feel sad and want to cry or feel giddy and want to laugh?

This is what is referred to as “Emotional Release.” Without realizing it, we often store unexpressed emotions in our bodies. Every time we grit our teeth instead of expressing ourselves, our muscles physically engage to hold back that expression and keep it inside. Sometimes, when those muscles receive massage and release physically, they may also release the emotion they were holding in. The emotion usually comes out in the form of tears or laughter. While this can feel awkward the first time it happens, it is beneficial and even therapeutic not to suppress it. It can create a feeling of lightness and relief afterward. Often, any pain or soreness in the released area will dissipate completely.

Am I supposed to tip?

Gratuities are not required or expected, but are always appreciated. However, the best gratuity we can ever receive is the kind referral of a friend, co-worker, or loved one.

The name of your company is unusual. How did you come by it?

It started with several visits to a Native American Pueblo near Greg’s home of Santa Fe.  Click here to learn more about the origin of the name.

Turtle Dance Bodywork

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10 Union Street
Natick Center, MA
01760

tel: (508) 380-3445
email: greg@turtledancebodywork.com

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