Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my massage take place?
Your massage session will take place in a warm, quiet room. You have the option of music or no music, and you will lie on a table specifically designed for your comfort.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage modalities are performed with the client unclothed on some level; however, it is completely up to you what you want to wear during your session. This is your time; undress only to your level of comfort. You will be securely draped with a sheet and a blanket the entire massage for both your comfort and your therapist's.
What is the 15 minute consultation for?
Every individual is different; each session is customized specifically to each individuals needs; that day, as well as taking into consideration all medical and pain history. The consultation allows time for you to let me know what's going on and how I can best assist you.
What if I don't want a full body massage?
That is completely OK. Most people have an idea of what would feel best for them, and you know your body best. Anything you want to have avoided will not be massaged.
What does a full body massage consist of?
A typical full body session will include your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, neck, scalp/face, and shoulders. The gluteal and pectoral areas can be worked on if requested. Again, you are always allowed to opt out of any of these areas. (Please note: A list of areas licensed massage therapists are legally bound to avoid: breast tissue, genitalia, and the gluteal cleft. - If you are in need of therapeutic work in any of these areas, contact a pelvic floor physical therapist or women's health practitioner.)
What will the massage feel like?
A lot of this depends on what you have going on/what you want to focus on. Most massage starts with the client face down (prone) and begins with work on the back, moving to the legs, and feet. Close to the midway point of the session, the client flips over to continue work on the legs/feet, arms/hands, neck, scalp and face. As far as pressure goes, I tend to check on people throughout the session, to ensure they are comfortable - you are always allowed to tell a therapist to provide more or less pressure anytime during your session.
I use a hypoallergenic lotion that allows the muscles and connective tissue to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Also, as I mentioned under the "Services" tab, massage is most effective when you and your body are relaxed. If you ever feel like you have to hold your breath or tense and push against the pressure, let me know immediately. These instincts cause your nervous system to switch over to fight-or-flight, and the healing process cannot take place while your nervous system is in this state.
What type of massage do you specialize in?
I work with a wide spectrum of clients, but I specialize in deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. I find the most fulfillment from alleviating pain and educating clients on self care tips to ensure they get the most out of the work we do.
What should I do during my massage?
Prior to your massage, feel free to ask any questions. 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 or leg). Many people close their eyes, some drift off to sleep, and others chat as much as their hearts desire. This time is your time - the only thing ever expected of you is to do what makes you most comfortable.
How will I feel after my massage?
Some people feel very relaxed, while others can leave a massage session feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world! Every client (and every session) is different. With deep tissue and trigger point work, it is common to feel a little tender - like you worked out - for the next day or two.
What are the benefits of massage?
Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue, promote faster healing, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you being your session, we go over any changes in medical history. It is very important that you update me on any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.