This is your treatment that you are paying for. Communication is important so that it can go exactly how you want it to. Please don’t hesitate to ask me to adjust pressure, if you want a different area worked or if I’m not quite on the spot, if you don’t like a specific technique, or if you are hot or cold. I’m here to serve you!
If you have a question that is not listed in this section, please contact me.
How can massage help me? what are the benefits of massage?
A growing body of research supports the health benefits of massage therapy for conditions such as stress, fibromyalgia, low-back pain, headaches, depression, and chronic pain management, plus much more. Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for stress relief. Find out how you can benefit from adding massage therapy to your health and wellness routine by booking a massage today.
What length of massage should I get?
½ hour massage: A half hour is for when you need a specific area worked on such as just your shoulders and back, or legs and hips. It’s common for people with injuries or problem areas to get a 30 minute massage more frequently until they are at a maintenance level.
One hour massage: The most common and recommended length of treatment, an hour gives the therapist enough time to work on the entire body thoroughly. It allows time to be shifted so she can work extra on specific areas but still have enough time for the whole body.
1 ½ hour massage: This is a fantastic length of treatment when you want it all. There is time for a full body massage and even extra time for working any problem areas; more time to fit in even more techniques.
What should I expect during my massage visit?
You will be asked to fill out a health history form to determine your overall health. This will inform the therapist of any contraindications and will help form goals. It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session. You will also be asked to remove your clothing to your comfort level. The therapist will leave the room while you undress and you will lie on the massage table underneath the sheet. You will always be covered except the area being worked on. After the massage your therapist will leave the room so you can slowly get up and get dressed.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
You should undress to your comfort level. During a full body massage, most people completely undress, but if you would like to leave your undergarments on, the therapist can work around it. For a fully clothed massage, different techniques will be used.
How will I be covered?
You will be covered at all times with a sheet. This is called draping. Only the area being worked on will be uncovered. Private parts will be covered at all times. If the abdomen needs to be worked on, women will receive a separate drape to cover the breasts.
Will the massage hurt?
A massage should never be a “bad” hurt. Depending on the type of strokes being used some pain might be felt, but there is a difference between “feel-good” hurt and “ouch-stop” hurt. Some strokes are light and relaxing and feel good while others are deeper into the tissue and may produce a “feel-good” hurt. Always communicate with your therapist so she can adjust pressure accordingly.
How often should I get a massage?
This depends on your goals. If occasional relaxation is your goal, then a session every 3-6 weeks is recommended. However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.
What should I do during my massage?
Relax! Some people prefer to shut their eyes and not talk. Some people even fall asleep. Other people prefer to talk. It’s completely up to you. Make yourself comfortable and if the therapist needs to adjust your position she will, or she will ask you to. Try not to “help” the therapist with movements unless asked. It actually makes it harder for her and less relaxing for you. But feel free to shift around as you need for your comfort. Please ask questions at any time.
When should I NOT get a massage?
There are certain conditions where massage therapy is not recommended at all. Examples are acute infectious diseases when there is a fever or vomiting and diarrhea, acute flare ups of rheumatoid arthritis, thrombosis, certain bleeding disorders, and aneurysms to name a few. Other conditions require the therapist to adjust the type of massage or the strokes being used, or she may need to avoid a certain area of the body. Be sure to thoroughly communicate your health conditions to your therapist so she can be sure to treat you safely.
What if I get an erection during my massage?
Sometimes it happens. It is an unfortunate deterrent for men to receive any therapeutic massage at all or they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed. Massage can be very relaxing when any area of the body is touched and the parasympathetic nervous system is activated. Even when there are no sexual intentions, erections can happen physiologically without men even realizing it. Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue. If you are uncomfortable you may ask your therapist to avoid your upper legs or hips, or you can wear more fitted briefs to feel more supported. You may also ask to lie face down on the table.
Note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, she may decide to end the session immediately.
What if I pass gas while getting a massage?
A lot of pressure is being placed on the body during a massage. Pressure causes gas to move around and flatulence may happen. Also the parasympathetic nervous system is activated during a massage and your guts are active while relaxed. You may notice that your stomach will rumble more during a massage. This is a good sign that you are relaxed! There is no need to be embarrassed as your therapist understands this.
What happens if I get ticklish?
Communicate with your therapist and she will adjust her strokes or move to a different area so you can relax.
Is tipping expected?
A tip is never expected or required. If tipping makes massage unaffordable to you, I'd rather you not! If you would like to, it is much appreciated, but the best compliment is to re-book and refer! Take advantage of the referral discount. See below and Rates for more details.
What is the referral discount?
A referral is the best compliment. Thank you! When someone you refer books and keeps an appointment you will get $8 off your next massage and they will get $8 off their first massage. You may stack your referral dollars up to a free massage. For example, if you refer two people and they both book and keep an appointment you would get $16 off of your next massage. Refer 3 and get $24 off etc. up to $90 off. Referral discounts are not valid on promotional-priced massages. Purchasing a gift certificate for someone does not count as a referral.
Do you accept insurance?
While I do not bill insurance companies directly, I am happy to provide a receipt with the information needed so that you can submit it for reimbursement.