Why should I get a massage?
Massage is a powerful form of self-care that helps you stay healthy by reducing stress, boosting your immune system, helping you relax, and enhancing your sense of well-being. Regular massage can relieve neck, shoulder, and back pain. Massage helps you feel better physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
How long does a massage last?
A typical massage lasts approximately one hour. If it is your first time seeing us it will take a bit longer to go over health history, answer questions, etc. Half hour and hour and a half sessions are available also.
What should I do during a massage?
Primarily, you should relax! Focus on your breathing and try to let go. It is up to you whether or not to talk, and most people choose to close their eyes. Feel free to ask questions at any time. Remember that this is your massage, and you should do what feels most comfortable to you.
How much of my body will be massaged?
This will vary depending on the length and type of massage you choose. The massage will never exceed your comfort level with touch – just let us know if there are areas with which you are uncomfortable. During the pre-massage interview, we will go over areas you want to focus on and discuss any concerns you have.
Do I have to get undressed to get a massage?
For chair massage and Thai Yoga massage, you remain clothed. During a typical table massage, you undress down to your comfort level, but your body always stays draped, and only the part of your body currently being massaged is undraped. Feel free to discuss any concerns with us.
How often should I receive a massage?
Your personal situation will determine how often you receive massage. For chronic pain or medical conditions your therapist and/or medical doctor will help you determine what is best for your needs. Massage is one of the best things you can do for yourself on a regular basis to stay healthy and maintain a sense of well-being in spite of stressful life situations!
What to expect during your session…
If you have never had a massage or this is your first visit to my office, first we will put you at ease and talk with you a bit, answering any questions you may have. We have a client information form that you fill out, and when you are finished we discuss it. We like to know why you are here, if you are in any pain, what your goals are for the session, and any concerns you may have that we need to address.
After all questions are answered, the therapist leaves the room so you can get undressed and get on the table. There is always a top sheet to get under and you stay draped throughout the massage. Your therapist will work on one body part at a time and your genital area is never exposed. (Breast tissue on a female is never exposed without permission.) We ask people to get undressed down to their comfort level, so you can keep your underwear on if you would like, but it isn’t necessary. Your therapist will tap on the door and ask if you are ready before she comes back into the room.
When the massage is finished your therapist will leave the room so you can get dressed. After you’re dressed you come out to the lobby, drink some water and talk to your therapist about your treatment plan. This is when we schedule time for your next massage, you make payment, and you are reminded to drink a LOT of water and take an Epsom salt bath if possible. Then you go on to have a fabulous day!