Updated: Oct 29
Never had a massage? Are you hesitant because it’s uncharted territory? I know you have so many questions! Lets answer them...
Before Your Massage
Before your massage, you will be sent a digital health history form to complete before your appointment. The intake form answers questions that help us determine your individual goals and preferences. I want you to have the very best experience, which is why I go over your health history/intake form at the start of your first session. It is important to give a complete health history and mention your personal preferences on your form!
What do I wear?
I always suggest you wear something comfy to your massage session!
What do I not wear?!
It is perfectly acceptable to get undressed completely. Or not. Do what is comfortable to you, so you can relax and enjoy your treatment. You will be covered with a sheet and a blanket throughout the session. Each body part is undraped as I work different areas of the body.
How long of a session do I need?
If you're new to massage therapy, you'll be surprised just how fast a 60 minute session goes by when working on the full body.
Deep tissue/therapeutic massages require focused attention, which takes more time. Below are suggested times for each modality to help you decide which works best for you.
Deep Tissue / Therapeutic Massage
If you are looking to focus on (only) upper body, a 60 minute session is plenty of time.
For a full body session, I always suggest either a 75 or 90 minute session.
For sessions with add-ons (cupping, hot stones, foot scrubs, percussion gun) a minimum of 90 minutes is required.
Relaxation / Swedish Massage
Relaxation massages take less time, which makes the length of your session your personal preference.
Keep in mind, 60 minutes will always fly by in a full body massage. If you try a 60 minute session and decide it wasn't enough time, you can always extend the length of your session on your next visit.
For sessions with add-ons (foot scrubs, cupping) a 90 minute session is required.
What should you expect during the massage?
Be sure to communicate all concerns before, during, and even after your session!
Before your session
This is the time to let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your session.
Have you ever experienced a massage that hurt and now you worry about being hurt by all massage therapist?
Massage therapy should be a healing, not painful. If you have been hurt in the past, this is something I would like to know. Your feelings are valid. I want you to feel completely comfortable about your session.
Are there areas that you would like to be avoided?
During your session
Do you need more or less pressure?
Is an area becoming sensitive or over worked?
Please tell me!! I am trained to read the body with my hands, but I can't feel what you are feeling. Open communication helps establish a trusting relationship.
Know that after our initial conversation, it’s is okay to zone out and get quiet! I do not initiate conversations. This is your time. Enjoy it. Take deep breaths and tune into your body. Many of us don’t get enough of that in our daily lives!
After your session
Was there anything about the session that you absolutely loved?
Was there anything you didn't particularly like?
I take notes on all my clients! Letting me know your personal preferences helps me customize your experience!
How often should you get Massages?
As a therapist, this is the number one question! And of course, that depends!
As part of your wellness/self-care routine, once a month is great for maintenance and preventative care!
For chronic/ reoccurring pain I suggest more frequent visits to address the pain. We will then reassess to biweekly or once a month schedule as long as your initial pain has subsided.
Remember: tightness in your shoulders or low back has been building for years! It will likely take longer than one session to find consistent relieve.