1. Click to complete Medical Intake form. Must be completed 48 hrs prior to scheduled appointment!
2. Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.
3. Do not eat just before a massage session. Let your body digest your meal first. Drink plenty of water.
4. Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.
5. Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. If you don’t want to remove your clothing, wear clothing that will be comfortable during the massage.
Privacy - I leave the room to provide privacy while you undress. A sheet with blanket is provided for draping during the massage and I uncover only the part of your body being massaged, ensuring that modesty is always respected. After the massage is finished, you will be provided with privacy while dressing.
6. All treatment time includes intake, interview and suggested home care and exercise if warranted.
Before the session, give accurate health information and let me know your expectations and reasons for the massage.
Allergies to Oils, Lotions, and Powders – I may use oil, lotion or powders to reduce friction on your skin. If you are allergic to any oils, lotions or powders, let me know so I can choose a substitute.
I play recorded music during the massage session. Others find music distracting some find it soothing. Let me know your preference.
Some people like to talk during a massage, while others remain silent. Let me know what you prefer.
During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.
Do not be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It is important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. I’m a professional dedicated to my profession and I will do my best to help you feel at ease.
7. Remember to breathe normally. Breathing helps facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged. Give feedback during the massage on the amount of pressure, speed of hand movement, etc.
8. Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up by contracting or hardening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. Let me know this is happening. I can adjust the massage technique and may also be able to help you relax the affected area. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centered and to quiet your mind.
9. Do not get up too quickly and do allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session. If you’re dizzy or lightheaded after the massage, do not get off the table too fast. It also may take a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the massage session.
10. Be prepared to schedule several massage sessions. Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released.
Note: if you are getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed.