Frequently asked questions

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from my clients. If your question isn't answered on this list, please feel free to leave me a message and I'll get back to you.
  1. What are benefits of massage?
    Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
  2. What can I expect from a massage?
    You can expect to have your massage in a safe, nurturing environment. You can expect to feel peaceful, totally relaxed and calm afterward. You can expect to be listened to – you are the one who knows your body. I cannot “fix” you, since you are not broken. I can assist your body in finding its way to optimal health through stress-relief, balance, and relaxation.
  3. Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my session?
    It helps to be well hydrated, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day before and day of your massage.
  4. Do I need to disrobe?
    You only have to undress to your level of comfort. You will be on the massage table, with sheets and blankets covering you at all times. Only the part of your body being worked on will be exposed. It is always your choice on how much clothing to take off or leave on. You will always be properly draped for your privacy and comfort level.
  5. What happens during a massage session?
    You’ll begin the session by filling out some confidential paperwork (first time only). Then you and I will discuss your goals for the massage, such as relaxation, de-stressing, or pain reduction. You will then be left alone in the massage room to undress to your level of comfort. You’ll get on the massage table, where you will cover yourself up with the sheets and blankets. I will knock on the door prior to entering the room to make sure you are ready. There will be music playing in the background, unless you prefer silence. When the massage is done, I will leave the room for you to re-dress in private.
  6. What do I do during a massage?
    Your only job is to relax and please tell me if something is hurting, you are uncomfortable, cold, hot, or if the music too loud. I want you to be comfortable, this time was set-aside just for you, so enjoy!
  7. Is it okay to talk during my session?
    That is totally up to you. I will occasionally ask a few questions, pertaining to your comfort level, and how you are feeling. Some people relax by talking; others prefer to have their massage in silence. It’s your massage – you get to decide if you want to talk to not. Often people will start out talking, then “drift away” as the massage goes on. Whatever helps you to relax the most is best.
  8. What do I do after getting a massage?
    Hydrate with plenty of water! Massaging your muscles can get the "the good, the bad" blood and toxins to start circulating. By drinking plenty of water, you can get them to release and flush toxins out of your body. Sometimes, the toxins released can make you feel sick. Or you may be a little sore. Hydrate.
  9. Will I be sore after my massage?
    Possibly. It is very important for you to let me know if I’m using too much pressure at any time. I do not operate under the “no pain – no gain” theory, so please don’t “take” the pressure or pain thinking that it is supposed to be that way. Sometimes working with an injured area might be painful, but even that should be within a good tolerance level…think “good hurt” vs. “bad hurt”. If you are not used to receiving massage, it is similar to not being used to working out. Just as you can feel sore after a good workout, you might feel a little sore after a massage, but that feeling should not last more than a day or two. Again, communication is key to getting your best massage.
  10. How often should I get a massage?
    That really depends on what your goals are, and your budget. I recommend getting a massage at least once a month, as the effects are cumulative. A few of my clients come in once a week, some clients come in every other week, some every 3 weeks, and some once a month.
  11. Is it true that touch is essential for human survival?
    Yes! It's as essential to human survival as is food and water. Any type of touch can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, and decrease chances of depression. This is especially important to keep in mind for the elderly as they suffer the loss of loved ones. They not only can become depressed from lack of social interaction, but they may also become lonely for touch. I have several elderly clients who not only benefit from the stress relief massage offers, but they also enjoy the hour of undivided attention they receive as well as the use of compassionate touch. If you think you can benefit from massage or know someone who can, give me a call.
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