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What to expect BEFORE your session
If it’s your first time visiting me, you will be asked some questions. You might be asked about the reasons you are getting a massage, current physical condition, medical history, life style and stress level, experiences with specific areas of pain, and whether there is any specific need you want addressed during the massage therapy session. First and foremost, I need to make sure there aren’t any conditions present that rule out massage therapy due to any health risks. Second, I need to know what your needs are regarding massage therapy and be sure both of us are clear about what your expectations and goals for the session are. Third, the information you give helps me to decide what techniques to use and how to structure the session.
Next, you will be asked to remove your clothing. I will leave the room to give you privacy while you undress. You should take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. A sheet is provided for draping during the massage. I will uncover only the part of the body being massaged, insuring that modesty is respected at all times. You should also remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage.
Before the massage begins, I may offer some advice that will improve the quality of your massage. A common one is to breathe, especially if a sensitive area is being massaged. I do not expect you to talk during the massage. If you want to talk, that is fine, but don’t feel obligated to.
What to expect DURING your session
The massage takes place on a comfortable, padded massage table. Based on your needs, I will tell you what position to lie in on the table. The table has extra attachments, such as a face rest (which allows you to lie in a face down position without turning your head and neck). If you don’t like using the attachments, ask me to remove it or not use it.
Expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage. I may play music during the massage. If you don’t like music playing, ask me to change the music or turn the music off.
I will use organic oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you are allergic to some oils or lotions, be sure to tell me so we both can make sure the ingredients in the oil or lotion do not bother you.
Depending on your needs, I will massage either the full body or only specific areas that need attention. For example, general relaxation or stress reduction sessions usually include all the major areas of the body, while a session for a localized injury, pain, or tightness will be focused on a specific area. It is possible to spend most of an entire session on only one area. If there is anything that does not feel comfortable or right or you do not like, you have the right to ask me to stop.
What to expect AFTER your session
After the massage is finished, you will once again be provided with privacy in order to get dressed. After your session has ended, please feel free to ask any questions you have. The usual length of a session is an hour. A massage session on a table generally should be a minimum of 30 minutes and maximum of 90 minutes.
An exception to the above description would be a chair massage. In this case, you sit in a specially designed massage chair. The chair supports the front of the body, which allows access to most of the body. You remain clothed and oil or lotion is not used. Chair massage sessions are usually shorter sessions that typically run from 10 to 30 minutes. Since the chairs are highly portable, chair massage can take place in a variety of settings, including the workplace.
Similar to the chair massage, a Traditional Thai Massage is performed clothed, and oil or lotion is not used. Thai Massage is performed on a large mat covering the floor.
Please let me know in advance if you need to cancel your appointment. There is a 12 hour cancellation policy.