Massage Therapy

Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And, getting a massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting resources for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health.

Just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it's any less therapeutic. Massage therapy is the application of soft tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs. Massage Therapy can relieve physical and emotional stress, reduce muscle fatigue and tension, improve sleep, increase energy and stamina, boost your immune system and resistance to illness, relieve muscle pains and headaches, improve thinking and awareness, decrease repetative stress syndromes, encourage better posture, generate more flexibility, and build awareness of breathing and relaxing which you can take with you through your day!

Massage Therapy Specialists
 Emily Ball, LMT, HEAT Center Founder » Schedule an appointment: P: 716.725.7184 E:
Rev. Karmynn Grimmer LMT, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Shaman » Schedule an appointment: P: 716.262.7262 E:
James Grimmer Jr. LMT LaC, Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist  » Schedule an appointmentP: 716.262.7262 E:
Amanda Rayburg, Birth Doula » Schedule an appointment: P: 716.604.7276, E:                                                                                  Janine Desmond, LMT >Schedule an appointment: P: 716.984.9761 E:

1. Schedule Your HEAT Center Bodywork Appointment
To schedule an appointment, contact the therapist online, by phone or in person. Be ready to provide information on the following: 
Health and Wellness Conditions*
Some health conditions may delay or prohibit therapy. Please express them to your therapist. 
• Length of Appointment
How long would you like your appointment to be? The typical massage therapy appointment is one hour and can increase by the half hour increments; 1 ½ hours, 2 hours, etc.
Are you pregnant? If so, how far along are you? We recommend that you refrain from receiving massage therapy during your first trimester. After this time, our massage therapy table will be set up differently for pre- and post-natal patients to best serve them in each stage of their pregnancy. If your therapist is unaware of your stage of pregnancy before your appointment, table set up time may come out of your appointment time. Let us know, we want you to enjoy every minute of your appointment!

2. The Day of Your Appointment
Get excited! For your comfort and healing please drink plenty of water. The human body is about 75% water, the majority of which is utilized to hydrate muscles for greater ease of movement, structure and function. 

Arrive about ten minutes early for your first appointment. You will fill out a short form and discuss your health with us. The term recent injuries on your intake form is meant to include the past five years. Even ‘old’ injuries can play a part in how your body responds to current stress or relaxation. Please list any and all allergies on the form.

3. During Your Bodywork Session
Your therapist will guide you to the massage table, describe how to dress down to your level of comfort and show you how to lie on the table  (between the top and bottom sheet) after the therapist leaves the room.  Your level of comfort is your own so, here are a few guidelines; you may leave your underwear on, or off; if you would like your shoulders worked on, remove your brassiere; if your legs will be worked on, please remove your pants. You may also remain fully clothed. While working, the therapist will continuously move the sheet, revealing only the areas to be worked on and leaving private areas covered.

Our superb therapists will check in with you throughout the massage regarding pressure and how you're feeling. With a bit of time, we develop a keen awareness of what pressure is suitable for your unique body. Intense sensation is productive, extreme pain is not. HEAT therapists work with you to discover your boundaries. It is also normal to experience a range of emotions as muscles holding stress are relieved and released. Often, responses to relaxation include yawning; the need to move or change position; temperature fluctuations; changes in breathing; emotional feelings; energy shifts; memories; ; stomach gurgling, movement and/or expression of intestinal gas; sighing, and  falling asleep. We are here to guide your through this recuperative process. 

Your therapist will signal the end of the massage and leave the room. You will take a nice, long, relaxing breath, roll on to your side, and slowly get up from the table. You will dress, leave the room, and your therapist will be waiting for you. At this point payment and any gratuity is accepted, and scheduling your next appointment is advised. Your therapist may offer some stretching advice for areas of concern.

4. After Your Bodywork Appointment
Following your appointment please drink plenty of water. Massage therapy releases stress and that stress needs to be flushed from your system! Some soreness and tenderness following massage therapy is normal for 24 to 48 hours. If you feel sore or tender in specific areas beyond those hours please advise your therapist to reduce pressure in those areas at your next massage. If you feel literal pain please call your massage therapist, they may suggest that you see your primary care physician for possible unknown conditions.

*Conditions That Affect Therapy
(please express these to your therapist when scheduling your appointment)
There are some health and wellness things to think about for discussion with your massage therapist. Your massage therapist will have their hands in contact with your skin, is there anything they need to know?  Any bodily and health conditions like scabies, lice, whole-body contagious skin disease, athletes foot or any other contagious skin situation is a contraindication for massage therapy. Do you have any lesions, boils, eczema, dermatitis, edema (swelling, usually around a joint), recent tattoo or piercing or have you been in an accident recently? For your and your therapist's protection,  your therapist will avoid contagious or open skin and may choose to utilize essential oils for problem skin areas, with your permission. 

If you have had an accident recently, and are experiencing any symptoms suggesting the need for expertise beyond a massage therapist's scope of practice, and have not seen a doctor, your massage  therapist may refuse you service until you have clearance from your physician.

Body art including piercings and new tattoos involve compromised skin—a contraindication for massage therapy. The safest course in this situation is to wait for any pain or itching to resolve before receiving massage in an area with a new tattoo. The following  are average healing times for piercings, which would be locally contraindicated for massage therapy and/or affect table positioning:

Cheek: 4 to 5 months / Ear Cartilage: 4 months to 1 year / Nipple : 3 - 6 months / Ear Lobe: 6 to 8 weeks / Eyebrow: 6 to 8 weeks / Nostril: 2 to 4 months / Nasal Septum: 6 to 8 months / Navel: 4 months to 1 year / Lip: 2 to 3 months

A Note on Ethics
Massage therapists/bodywork practitioners are not qualified to perform spinal or skeletal adjustments; or to diagnose, prescribe or treat physical or mental illness and nothing said in the course of the session given should be construed as such. Massage therapists in New York State are licensed professionals, designated LMTs.  Any illicit or sexually suggestive remarks or advances made by you will result in immediate termination of your session, and you will be liable for payment of the scheduled appointment.

If you need to cancel an appointment,  please give your therapist 24 - 48 hours notice. Imbibing alcohol prior to receiving massage therapy is unadvised.