Frequently Asked Questions
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a heated massage table covered with a clean cotton sheet and a cozy blanket.
Be on time, better yet early. Please arrive about 10 Minutes early for your first session to complete some brief paperwork. Please note that we work on appointments, my schedule can be very tight and being on time allows me to provide the full session length, and you will walk into my office feeling calm rather than frantic. Worst case scenario, please contact us if you’re running late; we can work together to resolve scheduling conflicts..
Depending what you are coming for, you’ll need to consider what you want to accomplish. If relaxation is your goal, 60- minute massage is generally appropriate. You can certainly do a longer session of 75 up to 120 minutes. Specific work is generally more time-consuming. Thus, if you would like relaxation with some specific neck work, the 60- minute timeframe should afford opportunity for both, but you may not be able to receive massage for a full body. If it is important to you that you receive a full body massage and specific work in one or two areas, then you will want to consider 90- minute massage. The 30 -minute timeframe is best for specific work into 1 area, or for a relaxation massage through only half the body (either upper/lower or front/back). The 120- minute timeframe is most appropriate if you have 4 or 5 areas requiring specific work and you want a full body relaxation massage in addition to the specific work.
Occasional massage is terrific for relaxation. If you’re working toward relief from specific issues, however, more regular treatment is usually necessary, at least in the short term. The therapeutic benefits of massage are cumulative, and the more frequently you receive massage the more responsive your body will become as chronic patterns of stress and tension are released. If you have chronic muscular tension or are recovering from an injury, it will likely take a few closely spaced sessions to see lasting results, at which point less frequent maintenance sessions will likely keep you on track with your goals.
No, I won't be present. I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and get under the covers (sheet and blanket). I will always knock before I come in the room.
I hand-select gentle instrumental music that is peaceful enough to get you into a relaxing state of mind. Please let me know if you have a different music preference. I have access to Spotify music services.
You can wear whatever you like unless other clothes are advised by the practitioner to maybe do some stretches before or after the session. Please avoid using perfume, hair spray, make up or using any cream, lotion on your skin before your session. It is advisable that you remove your jewelry before the session.
This is your choice whether you choose to be nude under the sheets, fully clothed or somewhere in between. Either way I can modify my techniques. Your comfort is my priority. I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and get under the covers (sheet and blanket). I will always knock before I come in the room. Secure draping and body positioning is maintained during the entire session to ensure you feel safe during treatment. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you. Every session is individually customized to your needs.
There are benefits to relax and take a moment to connect with how your body is feeling. As your therapist, I am focused on the treatment, how your body is responding. I may check in with you on occasion or ask relevant questions that help the overall massage. Feel free to ask any questions relating the treatment. Some people feel more comfortable conversing through parts of their session. I will only make conversation if my clients ask me questions.
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when you need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
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, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session you fill out our health intake form and communicate any health problems or medications you are taking. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.