This seems to be the ever ending dilemma of whether you should tip your therapist or not. It’s really a simple question to answer. It all depends on what type of service you are receiving. Usually in a spa environment it is expected for the client is to tip the therapist. In a medical setting when you are paying insurance tipping is not necessary. When uncertain do not be afraid to ask if gratuity is customary for that business. If service is satisfactory a tip may be in order.
In my business tipping is not necessary but appreciated. It is your choice to give gratuity or not. It should never be opposed or enforced in any establishment.
Sometimes the client does not know gratuity etiquette. The client may assume the gratuity is included in the service fee. Another reason could be the client may only afford the service but not the tip. They might be embarrassed because of the lack of funds for the tip. No explanation is ever needed in why you can not give one. If you received exceptional service, in lieu of a tip you can schedule another session or refer friends and family out to the therapist. I personally would rather for you to be a returning client. Save the tip for your next session.
When paying for your massage session by credit card, my processing company will give you options to leave a tip. This is normal procedure with all credit card companies. It gives you options to choose to tip or not.  The choice is yours to do so or not.
Gratitude is an exchange of energy. It manifests in many ways for both the client and the therapist. I am always grateful of the returning client. In appreciation I give up to 15 minutes to frequent clients (when I am not booked back to back in sessions). I give this freely. I do not expect anything in return for the extra session time nor a tip. It is my gratitude to you for selecting me as your massage therapist.
Suzan Walker, LMT
Connective Integration Massage Therapy
3100 West Arkansas Lane
Suite 108
Arlington, Texas 76016

Passing off someone’s work whether it be a article or a picture by not giving proper credit is not only wrong but unethical as a professional. Instead of taking someone’s hard work make sure you ask permission to use the content and give credit to that person. 

In Webster’s dictonary to “plagiarize” is to use and pass off (the ideas or writings of another) as one’s own. The person is not given credit for their work but instead the person that stole the content uses it as their own. This can lead to one of two or more options for you 1. receiving a cease and desist from the plaintiff  2. a civil law suit that could result in costing you thousands if not millions of dollars. 3. a reputation to your colleagues and others as a “plagiarist.”

I worked very hard putting my website together. I have spent hundreds of hours writing, perfecting and designing my own web site and creating its content. What I write from is personal experience, what I was taught as a massage therapist and studied in my own personal time. 

When I find a fellow massage therapist or someone associated with the industry has taken my content it deeply upsets me. I have found some well known sites that have taken content from my site and have not given me credit for the writings.

My content is my own. You may not republish, distribute or use any of the content for your website without written or expressed permission of Suzan Walker, LMT. If I have given written permission, you are required to give credit to Suzan Walker, LMT. My personal massage blogs are my own and are written in my own style. You may not take any content from my blogs or my website without linking back to my site or blog. You may not copy or use any of the images on my site or blog. These images are the property of wix.com or photostock.com. These are royalty free images. If you decide to take these images you are doing so at your own risk. The companies listed could demand that you take their content down and could sue you for punitive damages.

Professional courtesy and common respect goes a long way. If you need assistance creating content for you website, you may contact me at 817-966-1020. I help nonprofit’s, charities and massage therapists with writing their own content and design at a reduced rate.

Thank you for respecting my work,

Suzan Walker, LMT

Connective Integration Massage Therapy


“Why do I have a headache or migraine after a massage?”

There could be several or more factors as to why some people get a “headache” after a massage session.

1. A Healing crisis – the system is attempting to pass too much metabolic waste too quickly from the body.
2. Latent trigger point – hidden trigger point set off by touch or movement.
3. Lack of hydration before and after a massage.
4. Hormonal or chemical imbalance.
5. Muscle memory.
6. Food allergy reaction.
7. Nerve Entrapment.

It’s rare that I have a client that receives a headache after a massage if they follow self care and hydrate. In those rare cases the following above needs careful consideration.

If a client develops a migraine in less than 24 hours I request that they contact me immediately to check for latent trigger points. The follow-up is free of charge. I want to make certain you are receiving the best care.

Do not allow a headache to deter you from a specific modality or at worst massage all together. Our bodies can react in a positive or negative manner when we are releasing muscle tension and scar tissue. Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. This is from personal experience.

I encourage and empower every client to make well informed decisions for their health care. The more knowledge the client has about massage therapy and healing the better choices they can make for themselves.

If you have questions or concerns, you may contact me at anytime at 817-966-1020.

Thank you,
Suzan Walker, LMT
Connective Integration Massage Therapy
Arlington, Texas

If you are new to massage or have had a similar experience, this information is for you.

What is a healing crisis?

“Herxheimer Reaction,” aka healing crisis is a medical condition that can occur when ones chooses a path of healing. A healing crisis occurs when cells release metabolic waste too quickly into the system and the organs cannot eliminate the waste fast enough. The metabolic waste gets recycled over and over again in the body. Symptoms may be subtle or severe including headache, soreness, nausea, fatigue, fever, stomach distress, rash, skin eruptions and other conditions.

A healing crisis simply is not limited to massage. It may happen to those that are incorporating a new health and exercise regiment, recovering from a long or short illness or disease or have been previously injured. Those that are currently ill or recovering from an aliment may experience severe reaction of a healing crisis. Conditions can last from one to three days or in some cases up to a week or more.

When your body is undergoing a healing crisis it will go into a flushing mode creating an organized cleanse. It’s the body’s way of flushing out previous illnesses, viruses, bacteria or disease. The muscles retain and hold memory like a hard drive on a computer. Our muscles and fat can store previous aliments and injury. Sometimes by touching a part of the body will trigger a response for the muscles to remember and release. This is a natural cleansing mechanism and necessary in helping repair and healing of the body systems.

No massage therapist can predict if you will receive these symptoms after a massage session. In some cases it is unavoidable. You just go to ride the dragon and allow your body to do its job by releasing the metabolic waste. Do not allow a healing crisis deter you from receiving much-needed body work.

It is best to prepare in cases such as these. Here are some things you can do to prevent or reduce a healing crisis after your massage.

1. Drink water before and after a massage. VERY IMPORTANT -HYDRATION! HYDRATION!

2. Epsom salt baths help to reduce soreness and stiffness after a massage. Mustard seed baths help to eliminate metabolic waste and reduce soreness, too.

3. Daily intake of luke warm water with lemon in the morning can assist the liver in flushing out metabolic waste. This is a great daily routine to incorporate in your health regiment. This daily ritual can help to alkaline the body.

4. Drinking apple cider vinegar before and after a massage session can aid in reducing Delayed Onset Soreness (DOMS). 1tb of apple cider vinegar, 8oz of luke warm water and 1tsp of organic honey (to taste).  Also a fermented drink! Read on.

5, Fasting for 24-hours has been proven to help the body eliminate metabolic waste, frees up space in the colon and help the integrity of the cells in the regeneration process.

6. Fermented drinks or food help to decrease a healing crisis. Fermented food and drink can help increase flora in the intestinal track, reduce sugar cravings and kill off bad bacteria in the digestive track. Fermented food and drink are abundant in enzymes and electrolytes.

7. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest. Sleep aides in the body to heal.

8. Enema’s can help to vacate dried fecal matter and excess waste in the colon.

There are many ways to help your body while in a healing crisis. Books and research on the Internet can give you more information on healing crisis and how to reduce the symptoms .

Suzan Walker, LMT
Connective Integration Massage Therapy
Arlington, Texas

It’s nearly that time of the year again when it’s time to pull out the flannel sheets, warm up the table and heat up the massage stones for the fall weather. When you schedule your next massage session, why not consider a Himalayan  salt stone massage session?

The benefits are amazing. You can see the effects of the salt after one session. Your skin, body and mind will thank you!

The benefits of a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage:

  • Negative ions are produced when heated creating a sense of peace and deeper sense of relaxation.​
  • The heat of the salt melts restrictive fascia to go deeper into the muscles and loosens the joints.
  • The moist heat of the stones assist with soothing inflamed muscles and joints.
  • Leaves the skin feeling refreshed and glowing. The salt stones moisturize and plump up the superficial layers of the skin.
  • May detoxify and alkaline the body.
  • May aide in reduction of insomnia, blood pressure and stress.

On a spiritual level:

  • Can ground and balance meridian levels, chakras and electromagnetic field.
  • Clear your prana and energy.

Himalayan Salt Stones are used with a choice of organic coconut or Banyan massage oil for your relaxation needs. The stones can be used in conjunction with other massage techniques. Highly recommend when fascia is very tight.

The stones provide 84 essential mineral and trace compounds. Stones may be used hot or cold. Unlike river stones, Himalayan stones are anti micro-bacterial.

Give yourself a wonderful treatment by scheduling a Himalayan salt stone massage session today.

Thank you,

Suzan Walker, LMT

Connective Integration Massage Therapy

Arlington, Texas 76016


One of the most valuable self care options that one can do for themselves is to budget and schedule regular massage sessions. 

Massage is necessary for those that work out, have chronic pain, have a strenuous labor intensive job, are athletes or have had recent injury. Maintaining your muscles is essential for peek performance and physical health.

Old injuries may arise when working out. If you do have scar tissue or tight fascia it may impede performance and enhancement by reducing the amount of time you are able to work out. You may not be able to push your workout to the maximum when pain is involved.

I work with those that need to come in for a hour or more session of body work. I no longer offer 30-minute sessions unless they are a follow up session a few days after a massage or if you are a regular client of mine. 

I find that for new clients thirty minutes in most cases is not enough for the issues that need to be addressed. Not only are you cheating yourself of much needed body work but there could be other factors that may be involved elsewhere in the body causing your pain. Especially if it an old sports or auto accident injury.

You owe it to yourself and deserve a much needed hour or more session of body work.

“Is it best to take a shower before getting a massage?”

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My answer is always yes if you meet the criteria:

If you do any type of construction, outside work or exercise you will need to take a shower before seeing a massage therapist. Debris such as dirt clings to the skin and may scratch you when massage strokes are applied. A hot bath or shower will open up pores, relax and help loosen the fascia and muscles. Exfoliating the skin with a cotton washcloth, loofah or Agate cloth will help increase circulation while removing dead skin cells.

I have no shower facilities at my office so you will need to take one before seeing me. 

For the ladies:

“I’m a bit embarrassed but I haven’t shaved my legs. Is it ok to still schedule my appointment for a massage?

As I always stress never allow hair stubble (hairy legs) deter you from getting your regular massage maintenance.  Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me if you shave or not. By not shaving your legs it will never take away from the quality of your massage session.

Have a question about massage therapy?

If you have any massage related questions, please feel free to ask them and I will answer them.

Suzan Walker, LMT