New to Massage? Here are answers to some frequent questions:
What can I expect from a massage? You can expect to have your massage in a safe, nurturing environment. You can expect to feel peaceful, totally relaxed and calm afterward. You can expect to be listened to – you are the one who knows your body. I cannot “fix” you, since you are not broken. I can assist your body in finding it’s way to optimal health through stress-relief, balance, and relaxation.
What happens during a massage session? You’ll start the session by filling out some confidential paperwork regarding your overall health and any discomfort you are experiencing in your body. You and I will discuss your goals for the massage, such as relaxation, de-stressing, or pain reduction. You will then be left alone in the massage room to undress to your level of comfort. You’ll get on the massage table, where you will cover yourself up with the sheet and blankets. I will enter the room when you are ready. The massage begins with my grounding and connecting with you, then continues with the bodywork. There is music playing in the background, unless you prefer silence. When the massage is done, I will leave the room for you to re-dress in private.
I’ve never had a massage before – how long of a session should I book? This is a common inquiry about massage. Most people start with an hour massage. That’s enough time to cover the entire body. A half hour is only enough time for a specific area or two – such as back and neck. A lot of people prefer to come in for an hour and half, as that way they can get the full body massage, with extra time on any problem areas.
Do I get a full 60 minutes if I book an hour massage? Yes. If you book a massage for an hour, you get a full 60 minutes of “table time”. The same is true for half hour, or hour and half sessions. For your first massage I do ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow a comfortable amount of time for you to complete the intake form and use the restroom in order to ensure that you get your full amount of actual massage time. It is also helpful to schedule a 15 minute assessment in addition to massage. The only exception to the full massage length policy is if you are late to your appointment.
What should I wear to a session? Wear whatever you are comfortable in. Some people that come straight from work like to bring a change of clothes for after the massage. If you prefer to receive massage through your clothing, then you might want to wear something that isn’t too tight, for example sweat pants/t-shirts.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my session? It helps to be well hydrated, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day before and day of your massage. If you are coming in for a facial massage, please have any make-up removed prior.
How much water should I drink? Another common massage question is about how much water to drink. The best way to tell if you are drinking enough is to check your urine. If it is clear and odor free, you are drinking enough. If it has a strong odor and color, then you probably will want to increase the amount you drink, unless you are on water restriction for medical reasons.
How often should I get a massage? That really depends on what your goals are, and your budget. I recommend getting a massage at least once a month, as the effects are cumulative. A few of my clients come in once a week, some clients come in every other week, some every 3 weeks, and some once a month. I have established different packages of massage sessions in order to encourage and support the health benefits regular and frequent bodywork.
Will I be sore after massage? Possibly, but not necessarily. It is very important for you to let me know if I am using too much pressure at any time. I do not operate under the “no pain – no gain” theory, so please don’t “take” the pressure or pain thinking that it is supposed to be that way. Sometimes working with an injured area might be painful, but even that should be within a good tolerance level… think “good hurt” vs. “bad hurt”. If you are not used to receiving massage, it is similar to not being used to working out. Just as you can feel sore after a good workout, you might feel a little sore after a massage, but that feeling should not last more than a day or two. Again, communication is key to getting your best massage.
Do I need to disrobe? This is a frequent massage question that a lot of people want to know, but don’t always ask. You only have to undress to your level of comfort. You will be on the massage table, with sheets and blankets covering you at all times. Only the part of your body being worked on will be exposed, for example arm, leg, back. If you are not comfortable getting undressed at all, I have techniques that I can use through your clothing. It is always your choice on how much clothing to take off or leave on. You will always be properly draped for your privacy and comfort level.
Is it okay to talk during my session? That is totally up to you. I will occasionally ask a few questions, pertaining to your comfort level, and how you are feeling. Some people relax by talking, others prefer to have their massage in silence. It’s your massage – you get to decide if you want to talk to not. Often times people will start out talking, then “drift away” as the massage goes on. Whatever helps you to relax the most is best.
What if I’m ticklish? I adjust the massage technique by varying the pressure, depth, and pace of the massage strokes so that you won’t feel tickled. Alternatively, I will be obliged to feed the hilarity with dry wit and humor, if you like.