WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR MASSAGE SESSION
When you arrive, if I am with a client please have a seat in the waiting room. I will come to the waiting room and invite you into the office as soon as I finish the session prior to yours.
If you haven't completed the intake form online, plan on arriving about 5 minutes early for your first appointment to complete a paper version of the basic health information form. A link to the form is sent when an online booking is made but if it ends up in Spam, it is available on the website. Upon arrival, we will discuss your past and current injuries, medical conditions and other concerns, as well as what you hope to achieve during your session.
This will determine the focus of your massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
You are encouraged to ask questions before during or after your massage. Please feel free to talk with me if you have any concerns about receiving massage. Also, it is imperative that you are comfortable during the massage, do not hesitate to offer live feedback so adjustments can be made immediately.
The massage room is completely private with peaceful music and low light to encourage the relaxation response. You will have complete privacy to undress to your level of comfort and settle in before we begin.
During your massage session, you will be properly draped with a sheet or towel. Only the muscle group that is currently being massaged is uncovered. Genital areas and women's breasts are covered at all times.
Talking during a massage is optional and totally the choice of the patient. Many individuals trying to reach a deeply relaxed state prefer silence, whereas others relax by talking and enjoy more of the social interaction.
Oil or cream will be used, please let me know if you have a preference or known allergies.
There are certain situations in which caution should be taken when receiving massage. It is generally agreed up that persons with uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, recent surgery or fractures, phlebitis, fever, or infections (especially those that can be spready by skin contact, e.g. bacterial, viral, or fungal) need to consult their physicians. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems that may be affected by massage. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Some treatments always require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
After a massage, most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days. Since "toxins" are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water afterward. Also see: Why am I sore?
Finally, massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, reduce blood pressure, promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being. For more information see: Benefits of massage on the links page.
Because of the nature of the business, it's often easier and faster to reach me by text if you have questions about your service or booking procedures.
We look forward to serving you!