Massage therapy may help to relieve pain in the muscles, reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, break up scar tissue, promote circulation, and improve range of motion and flexibility. Plus, it feels AMAZING! :)
what do i wear to my appointment?
You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. After a brief consultation, your therapist will step out of the room to allow you time to undress and cover yourself with a sheet and blanket on the massage table. You can dress down to your level of comfort. Most people find that leaving just underwear on is comfortable, but feel free to do what suits you. During your session, you will be draped and your therapist will observe any requests you have for extra draping, pillows, blankets, ect.
what about hair and jewelry?
If you have long hair, it is suggested that you put your hair up so that it will be easier for your therapist to work on your muscles. Also, it is best to remove at least most of your jewelry like necklaces, watches, long earrings, or bracelets, to avoid oils/creams getting on it or your therapist accidentally tugging on something. If there is a piece of jewelry you do not wish to remove, just let your therapist know and they will work around it.
Should i shower before and/or after my massage?
You do not typically need to shower before or after a massage. If you've had a long day working outside or just came from working out, you might want to shower before coming to your massage appointment. If you have sensitive or oily skin, you might want to shower after. All of the base creams or gels used in our massages are hypoallergenic, water soluble, and are formulated to wash off skin and clothing easily. You are welcomed to leave the massage cream on if you would like to keep your skin moisturized.
what information do i need to tell my massage therapist?
During your first visit, you will be asked to fill out a health form. You will want to fill this out to the best of your knowledge and inform your therapist if there is anything you didn't see on the form that you think they should know. For example: Things that are important to note are: allergies (especially topical), recent surgeries or injuries, medications (like blood thinners), if you are pregnant, if you have range of motion restrictions, if you have any skeletal conditions (like a fused disc), or if you have any area you want avoided for any reason. If you have any questions or concerns about whether massage contradicts your health regimen, please consult your doctor before scheduling an appointment.
Does a deep tissue massage hurt?
Massage, regardless of the type you are receiving, should not be painful. If you begin to experience pain during a massage, please ask your therapist to adjust the pressure to a more suitable level. Everyone has a different tolerance for pain and one day you might have more soreness than on a another day. Please feel free to tell your therapist when you need the pressure adjusted even if it changes from time to time during a session. Your therapist will never be offended if you ask to have the pressure adjusted. You may feel some tenderness in a sore area during your massage, but always speak up if it goes beyond that. You should always feel like you can take full, even breaths throughout your massage. If you start to hold your breath while your therapist works on an area, that's a good indication that you might need to adjust the pressure for that area.
what about GRATUITIES?
Gratuities are completely optional. If you feel that your massage was exceptional and would like to leave a gratuity, that is up to you. A typical gratuity is about 15% to 20% of the service rate, but you can decide what is comfortable for you. Gratuities are always sincerely appreciated, but not expected.
Is there anything else i should know?
Always know that you can ask any questions you may have at any time. Your therapist wants to make sure you have the best experience possible so they appreciate your feedback and communication about what your needs and expectations are. Also, remember that the session is about you. If you want to be silent and enjoy that's fine or if you want to talk, that's fine too. If you need an extra blanket or you decide you only want an area massaged instead of full body, that's completely fine. Your sessions are completely confidential as well. None of your information will be shared or ever discussed without your prior written permission.