Monica Polanco LMT Licensed Massage Therapist

massage therapy, deep tissue, swedish


Frequently Asked Questions




What are the benefits of massage?

Research has shown that massage therapy increases muscle response, diminishes muscle fatigue, and increases muscle energy. The following are other benefits:
*Improves energy and alertness.
*Stimulates the relaxation response within your nervous system.
*Relieves certain repetitive motion injuries related to on the job activities.
*Aids your recovery from sore, pulled muscles or sprained ligaments.
*Increases the elimination of waste and toxins stored in the muscles.
*Massage also helps you be more aware of your body posture, and more conscious about treating your body better.

What can I expect from a massage session?

If it is your first time, you will fill out an intake form. After a brief consultation you will be guided to a safe and comfortable massage room. You will then be asked to undress in private and get drape with a sheet or a towel. You may leave your undergarments on. I want you to know that during your massage you will be completely covered. I will only undrape the part of your body being massaged; making sure that your modesty is respected at all times. I usually start the session working on the posterior part of the body and finish anteriorly. The massage lotion I use is unscented and hypoallergenic. My work is 100% therapeutic and absolutely non-sexual.

Is massage therapy painful?

If it is deep tissue, yes it can be painful. But I would only work as deep as you let me. I usually try to relax the body with Swedish strokes when I am working through the sub-layers of musculature and fascia to keep a balance. 

How much clothing do I have to take off?

If you are having a full body deep tissue or Swedish massage, you can only leave your undergarments on. Once you are on the massage table you will be completely draped with a sheet or a towel. If you are having a shiatsu session you won’t have to take off your clothes, you will only have to wear comfortable clothing such as a T-shirt and loose pants and socks.

What are your qualifications?

I graduated from the massage therapy program at the Swedish Institute in New York City. I am licensed by the State of New York, and I am a current member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). During the time I was a massage therapy student, I was fortunate enough to work directly with two excellent physical therapists who taught me about strengthening exercises, stretches, and a wide range of different physical conditions that have helped me become more knowledgeable about the human body. I also have a bachelor’s degree in psychology.



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