Massage Therapy Questions?

If you have therapeutic massage related questions please ask.  Nicholas Bodkin is a NYS licensed massage therapist with over 7 years experiance.  This page is dedicated to educating clients about massage therapy.  Click on the link below to leave a comment with your questions and I will be happy to answer them.

Nicholas Bodkin, LMT


12 responses to “Massage Therapy Questions?”

  1. Michele Nicholson Avatar
    Michele Nicholson

    Do you do Myofascial Release on everybody whether they were diagnosed with it or not? or do you only work on them if they were diagnosed with it and ask you to work on that? Also, what is you fees per session?

    Michele Nicholson

  2. Myofascial release is effective technique that I use with many of my clients to increase range of motion and increase circulation. I use this technique as needed with my clients whether they are diagnosed with a Myofascial condition or not.
    During review of a clients intake form, visual assessment and palpation, I evaluate my clients condition and decide which techniques I feel will help my client the most. If I feel that Myofascial body work will help my client, I will use that technique. If a client specifically ask for Myofascial release, I will ask them more specific questions to find out what they are hoping to achieve from this type of body work so that we focus on their specific problem areas.
    Myofascial release can be incorporated into most massages at no additional charge. However, if a client wants specific Myofascial body work for the whole session, I add a $5 charge to our normal rates.

  3. Michele Nicholson Avatar
    Michele Nicholson

    When I asked about your fees per session I meant it as a general question for all the massages you offer not just myofascial technics.


  4. Michele,
    Fee’s for massage therapy are listed on our website under “Massage Services”. When booking an appointment fee’s are also listed under the service you are booking and will show on your receipt when booking an appointment.

  5. My mom has diabetes, with neuropathy and stasis dermatitis in her legs. Can massage therapy be of benefit to her? Thanks for any information that you can provide.

  6. Pat, this is a great question.
    In most cases individuals with diabetic neuropathy have little sense of feeling in the area effected. Client’s with this condition often are unable to comment on pressure and how the massage is feeling. If your mother has little to no sensation in her legs traditional massage wold not be appropriate. However if your mother has good sensation in her legs, massage may be an option. You would need to talk with your doctor about massage therapy as a treatment option.
    Dermatitis also is a condition that needs to be evaluated carefully. If the area is inflamed and irritated, massage in that area cannot be done. However if her dermatitis is in a sub-acute phase massage can be done again with your doctors permission.
    I would suggest talking with your doctor about your mothers current condition and ask if massage therapy is a option to help manage your mothers condition.

  7. Heather Rose Avatar
    Heather Rose

    Nicholas Bodkin,

    I am an going to graduate massage school in the middle of this year. I am looking at massage sheets on line and am at a loss. Sheets can vary so much in softness and I live in a smaller town in MI so there is no chance of a finding a store that sells fitted massage sheets. I just thought I would ask around and see what brand sheets folks use and like.

    So If you are willing to share your thoughts that would be great.

    Heather Rose

  8. Heather,
    You don’t have to spend alot of money to find good massage sheets. Twin Sheet Set’s are perfect for a massage table. You can usally buy twin sheet sets for about $10 to $16 a set on sale. Dont worry about spending alot of money on fancy sheets. When you wash your sheets daily they soften over time. If you want to know more give me a call. 518-260-0432

  9. What is the best style or form of massage therapy for those who have asthma?

  10. Massage is great therapy for individuals with asthma. Regular Swedish massage is one type of massage to consider. If the individual has a more advanced form of asthma therapeutic massage should be considered. Therapeutic massage will focus on those muscle groups specifically affected by the condition, such as scalenes, serratus posterior inferior and the diaphragm. By focusing on the specific muscles many clients will feel less tension and tightness when breathing following their appointments.
    **Please not that if you are currently having an asthma attack massage is not indicated at that time. **

  11. I am in my late 30’s and I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I am not interested in taking any form of medication to see if it does or doesnt work…side effects, ect. I have spoken to the doctor about this and he had recommended living a stress free life (yeah ok, with 3 kids)… meditation (I do this) and exercise (I rake leaves a lot). I had spoke to my mother about it and she had suggested that I try to find a massage therapist that specializes in massage therapy for people with fibromyalgia. She has a friend that lives in NY city that was diagnosed with the same and she swears by her massage therapist. She had said that she felt horrible the first few times, but then it was like she was a new person.
    Is anyone in your office familiar with fibromyalgia and massage?
    I keep meaning to ask Stephanie (I worked with her years ago), but I forget (another part of fibromyalgia… lol), so while I am on here, I’ll just ask you. Thanks for your time. Brandi

  12. Yes Brandi we can help you. We work with clients with fibromyalgia frequently. Please feel free to set up a time to come in and discuss your specific case. We would love to help you.