Important Note

This is YOUR massage session, and it is what you make of it.

Please, please, please don’t hesitate to speak up during any session. If you want anything changed (pressure, areas worked, position or if you are too hot or too cold) your therapist is happy to do anything she can to keep you comfortable, but unfortunately is not not a mind-reader.

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 need or want in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time, but this time you only want your back/neck/shoulders/arms worked, it’s perfectly fine to ask. You will get so much more out of your sessions if you let us know what will make you feel best while you’re here!

Answers to common questions about massage

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit? - Please arrive ten minutes early for your first appointment. When you arrive, your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterward the therapist will familiarize him/herself with your health history and begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any … Continue reading "What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?"
When should I get a massage? - Any day is a great time to get a massage. You don’t need to wait until you’re stressed or injured. Massage works wonders as preventive care for a person’s body and mind. Instead of waiting until your back hurts from overwork or stress, or the headaches that start at the back of your skull begin … Continue reading "When should I get a massage?"
When should I not get a massage? - There are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying some type of massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage (and if you develop any prior to your appointment, let us know and we will be happy to reschedule you):
Do I have to be completely undressed? - You should undress to the level you are comfortable. The massage therapist will work around the clothes left on the best they can. You should realize that this may mean that certain areas of the body may not be massaged at all, or may only receive minimal work there. Note that you will be covered … Continue reading "Do I have to be completely undressed?"
What parts of my body will be massaged? - The parts of your body that will be massaged may change from one massage to the next, due to the type of massage you are receiving and the area of your body that is being focused on; the sexually charged areas are the only areas that will never be massaged. The abdomen may be massaged … Continue reading "What parts of my body will be massaged?"
What do I do during a massage treatment? - Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Yes, you may scratch your nose, adjust your body on the table, etc. I would encourage you to breathe … Continue reading "What do I do during a massage treatment?"
How long will a massage treatment last? - The average massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. This gives time for a deeply relaxing full body massage, or more in-depth work on a particular area. A half hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session on a specific area, and are frequently only scheduled as follow-up appointments. Many people prefer a 60- … Continue reading "How long will a massage treatment last?"
Will the massage hurt? - 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. At the same time, the light massage won’t be able to work out any stress that’s deep within those muscles. A muscle that is relaxed will be supple … Continue reading "Will the massage hurt?"
What should I expect after my massage? - When the massage is over, the therapist will leave the room so that you can get dressed in privacy. If you have fallen asleep, he/she will wake you gently. Massage and bodywork can be extremely relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems so be sure to give yourself a moment to re-orient yourself before slowly getting … Continue reading "What should I expect after my massage?"
How often should I get a massage? - It varies from person to person. Monthly is a great maintenance schedule for most bodies. It keeps the tension from building up so you can feel more comfortable all the time. When someone is going through a stressful time, they may come in more frequently to help manage that stress.  If you are recovering from … Continue reading "How often should I get a massage?"
Can I choose what music I listen to during my massage? - Certainly!  I have a number of pre-set playlists if you’d prefer, or you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience. However, while this may be true, any music … Continue reading "Can I choose what music I listen to during my massage?"
If I want a really deep massage shouldn’t I see a male therapist? - The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women. It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists … Continue reading "If I want a really deep massage shouldn’t I see a male therapist?"
What if I have cellulite/scars/am overweight/am embarrassed about my body? - Try not to worry about your body type or appearance. Remember this – massage therapists are professionals and have seen hundreds bodies in every imaginable shape and size, from young to old, and we aren’t there to judge your body… we are here to work on YOUR body, and to do what we can to … Continue reading "What if I have cellulite/scars/am overweight/am embarrassed about my body?"
What if I fall asleep? - It is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep on the table during a relaxing massage. The warmth and release of tension relaxes them right to sleep – especially after a long day at work. I take it as a compliment.
Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel? - Yes. This is known as draping and in many cases is mandated by law. Once you are undressed and on the table under the top sheet and blanket, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered. If the … Continue reading "Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?"
Can I talk during my session? - Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss. Depending on the type of massage, … Continue reading "Can I talk during my session?"
How many sessions will I need? - Honestly, it’s hard to say. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he/she has had a chance to evaluate your body’s tissues.
What if I get an erection during my massage? - Sometimes it happens. Yet, many men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them, or get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. There is no reason to be embarrassed. Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body … Continue reading "What if I get an erection during my massage?"
Is tipping the therapist expected? - While any gratuity is always at the discretion of the client, it is customary in many places. The fee you pay for your massage to the therapist or cashier belongs strictly to the business, and the therapist may only receive a percentage of what you pay. While tipping is not required, it is most welcome … Continue reading "Is tipping the therapist expected?"