Frequently Asked Questions
This is YOUR session. Speak up!
Why is this so important? If you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position or if you are too hot or too cold ... speak up!
You will not hurt the therapist's feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. Your therapist wants this to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy. Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time you had a session, but this time you only want your back/neck/shoulders/arms worked, it's perfectly fine to ask. You will enjoy your sessions so much more!
Answers to your Questions about Massage, Reflexology, and Bodywork
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You will be required to fill out a health history form. Afterward the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
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 he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.
No. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed but it isn’t mandatory. You need to be comfortable. If removing all your clothes makes you too uncomfortable and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session. If you leave your underwear on, that's fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. Your massage therapist should give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table.
If you prefer to stay fully clothed, then I recommend you explore the many other types of bodywork that are performed clothed. (Thai body work and foot reflexology are performed fully clothed)
Yes. This is known as draping and therapists are required to keep all clients securely draped. Once you are undressed and on the table under the drape, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range.
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.
"Some is better than none." What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you.
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 shorter sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.
Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.
Frequency of visits depends on the health and wellness goals of the client. Clients with chronic conditions can benefit from bi-weekly or weekly sessions. Usually, the time between visits increases, as the body begins to regain a state of natural balance and vitality. Monthly visits can help keep stress in check and build immunity. The duration of each session depends on the age, and condition of the client. As a rule of thumb, sessions are shorter for elderly, very young or frailer persons.
The beauty of Reflexology is that it is safe for just about anyone. Young and old can benefit. It is important that you seek the services of a qualified practitioner. Your practitioner will take a brief health history upon your first visit, discuss your health goals, and suggest a plan of therapy. Generally, a full session lasts about 1 hour. For very young, elderly, those in frail health, the sessions are shorter.
I feel the following conditions will prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a body aches, cough, fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection.
There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage.
Please provide a minimum of 24 hours’ advance notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. This allows me the opportunity to try and schedule another person in your place. If you are unable to give me 24 hours advance notice you will be charged 50% of your session fee. You can send someone in your place and avoid any penalty.
You can easily go into your account and reschedule yourself, but my scheduling system requires 24 hours' notice. If that is not possible, please send me a text, call or email as soon as you know you will be unable to make your appointment.
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, you will be considered a “no-show” and will be charged 50% of your session fee for your missed appointment. I do not hold regular office hours - I may have scheduled my day around your session.
If you arrive late, your session may need to be shortened to accommodate other clients.