MASSAGE THERAPY
1 What exactly is Massage Therapy ?
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What can I expect when I go for a massage appointment?
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Are there any preparations I need to make before my appointment?
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Do I have to take my clothes off?
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What if I am uncomfortable with my body?
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Am I expected to talk during the massage?
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After my appointment, is there anything specific I should do?
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What are the key benefits of Massage Therapy ?
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Does the massage therapist use on the skin for the massage?
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Will it hurt?
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When should I get a massage and how often?
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When should I not get a massage?
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What type of payment do you accept?
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What benefits do Registered Massage Therapists offer?
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Does Sogo Body Therapy accept health insurance?

BODY SUGARING
1 What is Body Sugar and does it really work?
2 Is it all natural?
3 Is it very painful?
4 How long can you go between treatments?
5 What parts of the body can be sugared?
6 What is the overall benefit?
7 Is this the same company as seen on TV?
8 Do clients leave your office sticky and is Sugaring sanitary?
9 Will my hair will grow back thicker and darker?
10 Can diabetics be sugared?
11 Is Sugaring just a fad?
12 What is the difference between a Bikini and a Brazilian?


What exactly is Massage Therapy ?

Massage therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to improve an individual's health and well being through hands-on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body.

What can I expect when I go for a massage appointment?
For your first appointment you will want to come 10 minutes early to fill out a Health History and Client-Therapist Agreement form. This will give us both a chance to connect on a personal level and answer any questions you may have. This gives us time to assess your body's condition to determine your treatment needs and goals.

Are there any preparations I need to make before my appointment?
It is a good idea to hydrate by drinking water (before and after your treatment) because I will be flushing toxins out of your tight muscles and you want them flushed out of your body. Also, good hygiene is important so please shower before coming to your appointment.

Do I have to take my clothes off?
Whatever you are comfortable with. Some people choose to undress completely while others keep undergarments on. Throughout the massage you will be covered by a sheet and I will only undrape the body part I am working on. No clothes need to be removed for certain massage techiques such as Shiatsu and stretching. If you would feel more comfortable by being clothed you will still receive a high quality massage. Make sure the clothes you wear are loose and comfortable.

What if I am uncomfortable with my body?
You wouldn't believe how many times I've heard someone say they'd get a massage if they were more comfortable about their body. Don't let this stop you. You're denying yourself quite a pleasurable experience. Massage therapists have seen bodies in every imaginable shape, size, age, and physique. We're professionals who have found massage to be a wonderful gift to give to men and women alike, regardless their body type. We are proud of what we can offer to people in need of relief from muscular discomfort or just wanting to luxuriate in the sense of touch. As I've mentioned, you can also receive a clothed massage if that will help you feel more at ease.

Am I expected to talk during the massage?
The key to a massage is relaxation and allowing yourself to enjoy the experience. I try not to encourage too much conversation so you can be in tune with your body, let your mind float free and fully enjoy the session. It's not uncommon for many people to feel more relaxed by talking. Talking makes the therapist become more human and personal to them, and having this interaction makes it easier for them to place their trust in the therapist, and therefore make it easier for them to relax. Many clients talk in the initial stages of a massage, and as the massage progresses they become quiet, they slip farther into a state of total relaxation, and are transported to an almost subconscious bliss. You can do what ever you feel is right for you during that session, it is YOUR time. However, I may require verbal information in regards to the pressure, or pertinent to health findings during the treatment.

After my appointment, is there anything specific I should do?
It is recommended to drink plenty of water to keep your tissues hydrated after a massage. Also, an epsom salt bath is recommended to soothe and detoxify muscles, as well as enhance the benefits of the massage. I have this product available at Sogo Body Therapy.

What are the key benefits of Massage Therapy ?
Massage therapy is designed to stretch and loosen muscles, improve blood flow and the movement of lymph throughout the body, facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes resulting from exercise or inactivity, and increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissues. In addition massage stimulates the release of endorphins - the body's natural painkiller into the brain and nervous system.

Does the massage therapist use on the skin for the massage?
I mainly use Biotone massage lotion or massage gel, depending upon the individual client and the treatment.

Will it hurt?
It depends on the type of therapy and what kinds of problems you have. A general relaxation Swedish massage should not hurt. Shiatsu may access painful points, and any therapy such as Deep Tissue that directly addresses myofascial problems may be painful when treating problem areas. However, most clients describe such feelings as "hurting in a good way" . A good massage therapist pays careful attention to both verbal and nonverbal cues from their client so as they know how deep to go. It is important that you let me know if you are feeling any discomfort throughout the massage.

When should I get a massage and how often?
Any time is a good time to get a massage. You don't need to wait until you're stressed or injured. Too often I see clients who wait until they reach this state to see me. Massage works wonders as preventive care for a person's body and mind. Instead of waiting until your back hurts, or your headaches form from overwork or stress, get a massage before these things happen. A regular massage is a wonderful way to cope with stress, both physical and emotional, and to keep if from causing discomfort or harm to your body. If a client comes for some injury relief, and to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with their daily lives then weekly sessions may be necessary. Doing this will help build on each session's improvement in their relief and healing. For those who use massage as preventive care and managing the daily stress in their lives, once a month is about the norm. For most people, the frequency of their massages is limited by their pocketbook. It's an unfortunate fact, but once many people realize the benefits it provides them, and the pleasure they receive from it, they find a way to incorporate a regular session into their budget.

When should I not get a massage?
There are several contraindications for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage:
• Fever
• Any type of infectious disease
• Systemic infections
• Severe cold
• Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
• Liver and kidney diseases
• Blood clot
• Pregnancy-induced diabetes, toxemia, preeclampsia/eclampsia
• High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
• Heart disease
• Cancer
• Open skin lesions or sores (therapist may work around them if localized)
The guidelines here are pretty straightforward. You don't want the massage to make an underlying medical condition worse, and you don't want to pass anything contagious to the massage therapist. If you're unsure about whether a minor condition should prohibit you from getting a massage, call your therapist before your appointment. If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your doctor before proceeding on a course of massage therapy. This is why I have you fill out a Health Form to provide the me with a list any underlying medical conditions. I need to be aware of any health issues, even if you have an allergy to something in the oils that I use.

What type of payment do you accept?
We accept cash or cheque.

What benefits do Registered Massage Therapists offer?
A registered therapist can give you a provider number so you may bill your health insurance company. Also, registered massage therapists typically have extensive formal education.

Does Sogo Body Therapy accept health insurance?
Yes, however, unless you are with Blue Cross you will need to submit your own claim?
You will need to contact your insurance company to verify if you have massage therapy coverage.
If you are covered, please verify the coverage amount and confirm if you will need a prescription.
If your provider is Blue Cross, we can bill directly if you provide your Blue Cross card.
If you require a receipt to bill your insurance company, please provide a copy of your prescription (if required by your provider).


What is Body Sugar and does it really work??
It is a hair removal system using a specially formulated sugar paste. The concept is similar to waxing but the technique and results are far more superior. You will notice a difference in hair texture, colour and density after the first treatment.

Is it all natural?
YES! The Body Sugaring paste is 100% all natural. You can even eat it!

Is it very painful?
The sugar paste is skin friendly and water soluble. It does not contain resin. All waxes contain resin which adheres to live skin cells, making waxing treatments much more painful than sugaring. It only feels like a band-aid being removed.

How long can you go between treatments?
Initially three to four weeks. This will vary with each individual. The length of time between treatments will increase with each treatment because of the hair follicle becoming weaker with each treatment.

What parts of the body can be sugared?
Basically, all body parts can safely be sugared with the exception of eyelashes, inner ears and mens beards.

What is the overall benefit?
Without the risk of burning, bruising or damage, you are left with very soft, clean and hairless skin. Also, since Body Sugar is water soluble, there is little chance of eyebrow or bikini errors. You can just wash it off if the sugar was applied incorrectly. With wax, once it's on, you have to rip off wax and the hair that's attached to it!

Is this the same company as seen on TV?
NO. This is a product that only Certified Body Sugaring Practitioners use.

Do clients leave your office sticky and is Sugaring sanitary?
Body Sugar paste contains no resins or chemicals and is water soluble. Any sugaring paste remaining on the skin can simply be washed off. The client leaves feeling clean and smooth. Sugar is a preservative. The high concentration of sugar in the sugaring paste prevents bacteria from breeding as well as cross-contamination.

Will my hair will grow back thicker and darker?
On the contrary, hair will grow back more refined and thinner. Our sugaring technique removes hair from the bulb. When the new hair grows back, it is much finer and lighter in colour.

Can diabetics be sugared?
Of course! The sugaring paste is not ingested during treatment. The Body Sugaring system does not require the paste to be hot, therefore is considered safe for most diabetics. Also, our sugaring paste does not contain resins which can tear the skin and pose a problem to a diabetic.

Is Sugaring just a fad?
No way! There are too many men and women who have experienced the incredible results from Body Sugaring treatments to even remotely consider Body Sugaring a fad. Every single day of every year more people seek us out and switch from other methods. Every client I have that used to wax regularly now has converted to Body Sugaring.

What is the difference between a Bikini and a Brazilian?
Basic Bikini: Removal of any hair that grows outside the bikini underwear line.
Extensive Bikini: Removal of any hair that grows outside the thong underwear line.
Brazilian: A true Brazilian is a complete removal of hair adjacent to the anus, perineum and vulva. Clients may request to have any hair design or no hair at all.