What to Expect

Before Your Session

Prior to receiving your massage, do not eat a large or heavy meal, consume caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants. You may also want to shower or bathe directly before your session, not only out of courtesy for your therapist, but also to help start the loosening process of any tight muscles. You may want to drink plenty of water as well. Dehydrated tissue is harder to work with and could cause discomfort during treatment.

Plan to arrive 10–15 minutes early to fill out a health history form and review this with the therapist. Before your session begins the therapist may ask you some questions regarding your physical condition and lifestyle. Your therapist may assess any problem areas by observing your posture, checking for restricted or painful movement and gently pressing for tender areas.

The office setting includes a private room for massage with a massage table that has fresh linens or towels for draping purposes, soft music and dim lighting to enhance the relaxing experience. The therapist will leave the room to allow you to undress privately and to get on the massage table under the sheet or towel provided. You may leave undergarments on or take them off as you prefer. The massage therapist will be discreet, only the area that is being massaged will be uncovered.

Remember to remove all jewelry. If you have your cell phone with you, please be sure to turn it off or switch it to silent mode. This time belongs to you and nobody else. Should you have emergency needs that require the cell phone to be on, please notify the therapist and keep the volume on low or vibrate mode.

During Your Session

Generally, the areas of the body included in a full body massage session are the face, head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, upper and lower back, buttocks, legs, feet and toes. Pillows or bolsters are used under your knees to protect your back while lying down. A face cradle is used in the face down position. You may experience congestion in your sinuses due to this face down position, but this is usually temporary.

If there are any areas you would prefer not to include in your session, be sure to let the therapist know. Your comfort is crucial, so be sure to inform the therapist of anything that distracts from your comfort, such as your position, the room temperature, lighting, etc. Remember, this is your time, so be comfortable.

For most techniques, the therapist will use food grade oils. If you have allergies to foods or oils, please be sure to inform the therapist prior to beginning the massage. If at anytime during your session you experience any pain, discomfort or uneasiness, immediately inform the therapist. Communicate with the therapist regarding such things as pressure, pain or if the therapist is talking too much.

Massage therapy can be a very pleasurable sensation when administered on healthy tissue. With injuries or muscular tension, massage therapy may seem uncomfortable at first. When the therapist locates these areas on your body, it will be your natural reaction to tense and hold your breath. It is very important that you consciously try to relax these areas and remember to breathe deeply. This will help to lessen any discomfort you might experience.

Allow the therapist to move your limbs into various positions. Try to go limp like a rag doll. You do not need to help. Sometimes, as the body releases tension during a massage, the mind may also release emotions associated with that tension. If you suddenly feel joyful, sad or angry, do not be alarmed. Allow yourself to express these natural feelings by laughing or crying. At the very least, feel free to sigh.

After Your Session

At the end of the session, the therapist will leave the room. You will need to get up slowly from the table and get dressed. It is suggested that you drink extra water for the next 24 hours to help flush away toxins released by your massage. We also suggest that you refrain from vigorous exercise for 24 hours after a massage as well, unless your massage is designed for a predetermined sporting event.

Proper stretching is helpful in maintaining the increased flexibility that you experience after your massage. It is possible to be sore after a session, especially if it is your first massage and you fail to drink plenty of water after the massage. Soreness generally results from the buildup of tissue waste products but should not last more than a day.

Additional Information

Contrary to some notions in our society, massage therapy is a healing art – not a sexual service. Any illicit or sexually suggestive remarks or advances will result in immediate termination of the massage session. Payment for the full session will be required.

We recommend massage appointments be scheduled in advance. You should also receive a massage at least once per month for maximum therapeutic benefits. Don't wait until you go on vacation – use a massage as a mini-vacation or stress break during your normal monthly routines.

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