Frequently Asked Questions

General Frequently Asked Questions
What is Nutrition Response Testing?
Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive, very precise method to determine your state of health and the flow of energy in every organ and function of your body. To do this, Nutrition Response Testing uses your body’s own neurological reflexes, dermatosis or reflex points to identify weaknesses found in organs, systems or functions which could be caused by a variety of factors. These factors can include food or immune related challenges, heavy metals, as well as toxic chemicals.

Nutrition Response Testing also identifies which supplements (nutrition) your body needs to help it improve its systemic functions, including the central nervous, circulatory, digestive, and endocrine systems. In addition, Nutrition Response Testing can identify nutritional challenges for specific organs.

The Well of Life Center for Natural Health uses specific nutrients that enable the body to repair itself and grow healthfully. The program does not use ‘over-the-counter’ vitamins, many of which contain more fillers than nutrients, which the body does not recognize as beneficial. The supplements used in this clinic have been formulated to match the needs of the body, as determined by the positive response shown when tested against active reflexes. These will reflect which nutrients you are either not getting or not assimilating in your current diet. Many people we see in our practice have eaten themselves into their current state of ill-health, to one degree or another. The deficiencies and imbalances lead to a breakdown in resistance, or immunity, and a loss of the ability to cope with added environmental stress (chemical, microscopic, or otherwise). The good news is that it is possible to reverse the process!

What is the financial commitment involved?
The initial two appointments collectively cost $200. Referral discounts are available, based on which clinician you will be seeing. Ask the Client Advocate for more information. Future appointments are $50 per visit.

We also offer a pre-pay program, in which you can purchase 12 visits up front for $550 (a savings of $185). We offer prepayment package discounts for spouses, children and senior citizens as well.

Heartrate Variability is a non-invasive assessment that we offer to our clients. This service is recommended every 6 visits, with a $30 charge. However, if you have selected to purchase a pre-pay program, this service is included in your program.

Nutritional supplements are an additional expense. Although the price of your supplements will vary according to your specific condition, we suggest that the average cost would be about $200 a month.

How do I get started?
If you are interested in becoming a client at the Well of Life Center, the first thing you need to do is speak to one of our Client Advocates. You may call either office to do this, or simply fill out the form on our Contact Us page, and a Client Advocate will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Client Advocate will set up your first appointment, which includes a viewing of our New Client Lecture, your Initial Consultation with one of our clinicians, and your Report of Findings. He or she will also be available to answer any questions you may have about your visit or about what we do.

What should I bring to my first visit?
You should bring your completed new client forms, as well as any medications you may presently be taking. If you do not have your new client forms completed by the start of your appointment, we may need to reschedule your appointment.

Would I be taking any supplements that may have side effects and/or reactions to medications?
No, our supplements are whole-food based, and therefore will not have any harmful effects.

Frequently Asked Questions About Massage
What should I expect when I arrive for my first visit?
Our front desk receptionist will greet you and ask you to complete some paperwork if you have not brought it with you. It is very important that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your first appointment. Once your paperwork is complete, you will sit down for an interview with your therapist, during which time your therapist will review your intake form, discuss any medical conditions you may have, and find out what you are looking for in your massage, what your expectations are, and how you want to feel after your massage. Finally, your therapist will explain what will take place during your massage, before leaving so that you may prepare for the massage itself.

What takes place during a massage?
Before your massage begins, you will have the room to yourself so that you may undress to your level of comfort and get situated on the massage table, covered by the sheet.  Seated chair massages are done while you are completely dressed. 30-minute back and leg massages are available fully dressed as well.

During a full body massage, we will work your back, shoulders, hips/glutes (through the sheet), and legs. You will then turn over on the table, under the sheet, so we can work the front of the legs, feet, hands, arms, shoulders, neck, head, and face.  We undrape only the area we are working at the time. All glute work will be completed through the sheet.

Do I need to make an appointment?
Generally speaking, yes. However, there are times that we are able to accommodate clients that walk-in without an appointment.  Most often, because of our full staff of therapists, you can make your appointment for the same day you call.

May I choose my own therapist?
Yes, you may choose your therapist, but you may have to wait for an appointment, depending on the therapist’s schedule, availability, and popularity.  If you need an appointment that day, we can almost always find an opening on someone’s schedule. You may also request your preference in male or female therapist.  Our philosophy is to help you find your fit with the therapist and treatment style that best serves you.  You may choose to change therapists at any time during your treatment plan, establish a primary therapist, and/or utilize each therapist at different points in time. We understand the need for consistency, change, and spontaneity, and we can offer all of those things to you and more. We want you to feel welcome to try any of our wonderful staff members.

Am I expected to tip my massage therapist?
Tips are never expected, but always appreciated. If you have received exceptional service and would like to show your appreciation to your therapist, the average tip ranges between 10-25%. If you are paying with a credit card or check, the tip can be added to the total. Your therapist will receive 100% of their tip.

What do I need to bring for my session?
Typically, you do not need to bring anything to your session. However, there could be instances in which you are instructed by your therapist to bring shorts and/or a sports bra for the specific intention of including muscle activation, stretching, and/or joint mobilization in the pre-planned massage and bodywork session.

What is your cancellation policy?
We require a 24-hour cancellation notice. If you would like to change your appointment, please call our office no later than 24 hours prior to your appointment in order to avoid being charged for your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About CranioSacral Therapy
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on therapy that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University, where he served as professor of biomechanics. Using a soft touch, which is generally no greater than 5 grams (about the weight of a nickel), practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventative health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease. It is also effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

How does CranioSacral Therapy work?
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. The central nervous system, in turn, is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect, and nourish the brain and spinal cord. Every day, your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord, resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.

Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.

By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.

What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?
CranioSacral Therapy can help alleviate the symptoms of migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, autism, stress and tension-related disorders, motor-coordination impairments, infant and childhood disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, scoliosis, central nervous system disorders, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, orthopedic problems, and many other conditions!

Is there any condition for which CranioSacral Therapy should not be used?
There are certain situations where the application of CranioSacral Therapy would not be recommended. These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage, or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes.

How many CranioSacral Therapy sessions will I need?
Response to CranioSacral Therapy varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can’t be compared to anyone else’s – even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own. The number of sessions needed varies widely, from just one, up to three or more per week over the course of several weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions About MLD
Can I keep my clothes on during MLD?

Yes! MLD can be performed on fully clothed clients. It is best if the client wears tank tops and loose fitting clothes; however, it is not required.

Will I experience any side effects?

You may experience headaches, upset stomach, excessive tiredness, frequent urination, or odor/color change in urine. These side effects can last 24-48 hours after treatment, so be sure to drink plenty of water before and after treatment.

Are there any diagnoses that should not receive MLD?

Yes. If a client has been diagnosed with kidney, liver, or heart failure; DVT; malignant tumor(s); or kidney disease; or if they are experiencing infection, open wounds, fever, high-risk pregnancy or morning sickness, or acute inflammation; or if they are taking blood thinners, it is best to hold off on receiving an MLD treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Prenatal Massage
What are the benefits of prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage is an excellent resource for expectant mothers because it…

  • Decreases stress and tension
  • Relieves pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, and headaches
  • Decreases swelling of the hands and feet
  • Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
  • Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Improves internal respiration
  • Helps to relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes
  • Assists in shorter, easier labor
  • Shortens hospital stays
  • Promotes tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks

Among these great benefits, should you pass your due date, prenatal massage can be used to stimulate and induce labor! Click here for more information on prenatal massage.

Is prenatal massage safe during the first trimester?
Absolutely! There are lots of rumors out there that massage is to be avoided during the first trimester. The policies of some therapists and day spas actually restrict massage to the second and third trimesters, simply because of the high miscarriage risks (not massage-related) of the first trimester. This, however, is a restriction based on potential liability issues in an extremely litigious society, not on the safety of massage. Massage by a properly trained therapist can be extremely supportive to you and your developing baby throughout your entire pregnancy. For a woman who has a particularly high risk of miscarrying and/or has experienced previous miscarriages, she may want to be careful about adding lots of new activities, including massage. Others may want to add the relaxation and stress-relieving benefits of massage to their routines. If you are considering massage during your first trimester and are concerned about its safety during your specific situation, feel free to give us a call to learn more about exactly what might be involved, and then have a conversation with your doctor or midwife.

Is it okay to get a massage as I approach my due date?
Not only is it okay, it is recommended! The end of the third trimester is likely the time that you will be the MOST uncomfortable and in need of a massage. It is perfectly safe to get a massage during this time, even in the early stages of labor! The techniques we use can help with your low back/sacrum pain and reduce swelling in your legs and feet. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, double check with your doctor before coming in for an appointment. If you have been put on bed rest, it will be best to wait to schedule a massage after you deliver, or wait until your condition changes and bed rest restrictions are lifted.

How will I be positioned during my massage?
Accommodations can be made if you are experiencing any early pregnancy symptoms that might make you uncomfortable (such as breast tenderness or nausea). In that case, we may work on you from a side-lying position, or simply place a pillow under your stomach to take pressure off of the chest. Once you are into your second trimester, the safest way to be positioned is on your side, bolstered with pillows to make you more comfortable. This will be the position used throughout the rest of your pregnancy as well, as it is the safest way to get to your back and legs. We may also put you face up in a semi-reclined position. We will use pillows to keep you propped up, as you cannot lay flat on your back anymore. Some therapists use a special pad for the table with a hole cut out for the belly. We do NOT recommend this, as it places more strain on the uterine ligaments and, likely, the low back as well. Plus, bellies are not one size fits all, so it is hard to imagine a hole that would be comfortable for every woman!

Do I need to get a note from my doctor?
In general, no. Massage done by a certified massage therapist is safe, and a doctor’s approval is not necessary. However, if you have been labeled as high-risk for any reason, or you have an underlying heart problem, uncontrolled or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, or gestational diabetes, we will need a green light from your doctor before proceeding with a massage.

How often should I receive a massage when pregnant?
As often as possible! In terms of coming in to our office, it really depends on your schedule and budget. Massage is intended as a support for you throughout and following your pregnancy, so you should aim to schedule appointments as you need them to help manage the stress and discomforts. Typically, if massage therapy is going to be an integral part of your prenatal care, you will probably benefit from sessions once or twice a month in the first trimester, and two to three times a month in the second and third, more frequently as you approach you due date. If you are experiencing intense discomforts, you may want to schedule more frequent or longer sessions. We now have shorter 30-minute massages on our schedule for those who have greater time and/or budget constraints.

What kind of massage is best during pregnancy?
It depends on where you are in your pregnancy. After discussing your situation, your therapist might recommend specialties like Reflexology, Swedish massage, or other techniques to meet your individual needs — and those of your baby.

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