Frequently asked questions
What should I expect to happen at my first appointment?
Expect proper draping and a therapist who will listen and perform a massage treatment following your guidelines. You are the one in charge - you can choose how your session unfolds.
What kind of massage should I book?
If you are looking for general relaxation and stress relief, the therapeautic massage or hot stone massage is a fantastic option. If you prefer heavy deep pressure and relief from injuries, especially sport-related, the sports massage or the barefoot bar massage are the best choices for you. I do need to know which massage you wish to schedule at the time of booking as I may need to take time to specially prepare each service, including products and equipment prior to your arrival. If I determine that a massage other than the one you scheduled would be more appropriate for your health or preferences, I can adjust your booking if you'd like.
What is deep tissue?
When someone requests "deep tissue" I take that to mean "heavy pressure." Deep Tissue massage actually means addressing the deeper layers of the soft tissue and some of the best techniques for that are more gentle techniques such as Myofascial Release. I can use both heavy pressure and perform Deep Tissue massage. I will work with you during the consultation to determine the best treatment for your preferences and needs.
Do I need to take my clothes off for a massage?
I use soft sheets and a warm blanket to keep you covered for modesty during a massage. I respect your modesty and will only reveal the area of the body I am working on and never reveal more than you'd show at a public pool. Some clients choose to leave on their underwear. This is common if no glute work needs to be done. If you are concerned about being cold, I have heated tables. If you have any fears or anxieties, please feel free to discuss them with me.
Are massages supposed to hurt to work?
A bit of "good hurt" is okay when working a tight muscle group or trigger point, especially in a sports massage, but in general massage should feel good. If you experience more discomfort than a 6 out of 10 on the pain scale during your treatment, please tell me right away. You can't force relaxation on a muscle. If your treatment feels great, but you are sore the next day that is alsonormal. Let me know and I can adjust your next massage or suggest different post-care suggestions to help reduce the risk of day-after soreness. Anyone that tells you that massage has to hurt to work has been misinformed.
Do I have to talk during my massage or am I supposed to be quiet?
I respect that your massage time is an opportunity to completely zone out. If you are receiving a massage targeting an area of pain, an injury, or a sports massage, I will need to check in with you more and ask you to engage different muscle groups and even help you with some stretching so there will be more discussion. If the best way you relax is to talk, than by all means, feel free to do so. It is your session and I will take cues from you.
How often should I get a massage?
Massages are cumulative. The more consistent your treatment schedule is, the more benefit you receive. Most clients come once a month. I can advise you about a plan that best fits your individual needs. For long term clients a 6 or 12 month package might work best for you.
Where will my massage take place?
A private room is prepared for you. It is comfortable, quiet, with clean sheets on the massage table and a blanket and/or heated table. Spa music is playing to help you relax.
How does the therapist and I begin the session?
After a brief interview where I identify your interests and needs, I will leave the room while you disrobe to your comfort level and lay down between the sheets on the massage table. I will ask if you are ready in a few minutes. After I enter the room I will take a few seconds to focus my intention, and begin the session. It is fine to wear underwear or running shorts if you wish, but some clients prefer to remove all clothing to get a thorough hands-on treatment. Be assured that proper draping techniques are used, your genitals are covered the entire session. All sessions are non-sexual.
What do I do? What is expected of me?
Show up on time. A specific room and time have been set aside especially for you. I value your time and needs, and appreciate that you value mine. Relax and perhaps take a few full breaths. I will gently massage or move you as needed throughout the massage (e.g. stretching your neck, lifting an arm, massaging a foot). You may talk, ask questions, remain quiet or ask for a particular focus, depth or technique as your treatment is proceeding. If the pressure is too much or too little, let me know as I will work with you. Dialogue is client-centered so I will respect your needs to converse as little or as much as preferred.
What parts of my body will be massaged? Can it just be one part of my body like my legs or back?
What you want out of your session can be communicated with me early and modified as the session progresses if you'd like. If you want the focus to be on one or a few particular areas for the whole time period, simply tell me. I want you to receive what is needed specificely for you. A full body massage typically includes work on back, neck, shoulders, feet, legs, arms, hands, and head.
Do you use lotion or oil?
Hypoallergenic Deep tissue creme is used. Essential oils/aromatherapy in lotions can be added for an additional $5. Peppermint, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, orange are some of the more common ones used.
Why or how does it work?
Movement, flexibility, rest and good blood circulation is key to good health. Relief of general tension, or specific areas of tension is common. Increased blood flow cleanses areas and promotes faster healing of injured muscles as well as reduced blood pressure. Chronic tension or pain can be managed or eliminated with a more focused touch. Stretching of fascia that surrounds muscles and tissues allow soft tissue within to relax and release. These are only some of the ways massage works and why.
Why should I drink water after a massage?
Water helps your body flush waste products from your muscular tissues. Massage cleanses your body by getting waste moving.. Eliminating the waste helps you to maintain higher physical and mental energy levels. By the time you're thirsty, you are often already dehydrated. Water is vital to survival and keeping all your tissues healthy and functioning efficiently.
How much water should I drink?
You should drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Your body perceives anything other than water as calories and will need to digest them. This means it will take longer for your body to benefit from the water in a tea or other drink.
Should I tip?
Tipping is always appreciated but not expected. Many people tip $5, $10, or more depending on the length of time and the value of the service you recieve. Feedback is always welcome. I have a suggestions box for this very purpose. My goal is to provide the best possible massage experience.
How will I feel after the massage?
Relaxed, possibly sleepy, and less long-term pain. Repetitive action with your body though can cause you to potentially need additional treatments. Later you may have increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity. If you are very tense or stressed when you get the massage, the release of toxins stored in your muscular tissues could cause headaches or muscle soreness. Massage is a mini-workout for your body which brings benefit following any initial soreness. If you ever have a question about what you are feeling after the massage, be sure to ask.
Should I stretch between treatments?
YES. Stretching help prolong the benefits of a massage. A regular stretching routine between massage treatments can decrease muscle pain, increase flexibility, and reduce the frequency of treatments.