A: Yes, but after I built my own house I figured they could take it! I know how to take care of all my muscles, as well as my hands. So the real question is, 'How do your hands recover once they are tired?'
A: I can give you an educated guess as to how much massage it will take, but there are many factors involved in this non-invasive style of healing, and you are in control of most of them. This is why you may need to become more involved in order to speed the process along.
A: The decision is yours; I want all my clients to be comfortable. With that said, my hands can sense more soft tissue conditions when they don't have to work through clothing. It can depend on the type of massage you want, as a relaxation massage relies more on long, flowing massage strokes to achieve its goal. Clothing would inhibit this. But for a clinical or orthopedic massage, where the client will have to change position on the table more often, it can be helpful to keep some form of undergarment on.
A: That's a good question, and although western medicine has had some success treating pain, the results are sometimes worse than the original condition. (Vioxx and Bextra come to mind.) I've been told by one doctor (while she was receiving a massage, by the way) that it would be nice if she could divert many of her patients to a massage therapist. This would give her more time to deal with conditions better suited to western medicine. So, hopefully the change is occurring.
A: I knew it worked for me and wanted to show others the power of massage. Also, fellow students and early practice clients gave me such good feedback that I had to try it in the real world!
A: I hope so, but not always. Some people are suffering from much more than they know, or are willing to admit. In these cases, massage will only serve as a band-aid, prolonging the search for the root of the problem, leaving one or both of us disappointed. I'm certainly willing to ease the stress of your situation, but only with the understanding that you seek appropriate help at some point.