You can expect to have your massage in a safe, relaxing environment, feeling peaceful, totally relaxed and calm afterwards. You can expect to be listened to – you are the one who knows your body. We cannot “fix” you, since you are not broken. We can assist your body in finding its way to optimal health through stress-relief and relaxation. We view our clients as whole, and hold that vision for them.
You’ll start the session by filling out some confidential paperwork, and we will discuss your goals, even if it is just to relax and de-stress. 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 sheet and blankets. The therapists don’t enter the room until you tell them that you are ready. There is music playing in the background, unless you prefer silence. When the massage is done, we leave the room for you to re-dress in private.
It helps to be well hydrated, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day of your massage.
That is totally up to you. The massage therapist will occasionally ask a few questions, pertaining to your comfort level, and how you are feeling. We have learned that some people relax by talking while others prefer to have their massage in silence. It’s your massage – you get to decide if you want to talk or not. Often times, people will start out talking, then “drift away” as the massage proceeds. Whatever helps you to relax the most is best.
That really depends on what your goals are. We recommend getting a massage at least once a month, as the effects are cumulative. A few of our clients come in once a week, most of them come in every other week, some every 3 weeks, and some once a month. All of them recognize the importance of self-care, and the health benefits that they enjoy from receiving massage on a regular basis.
They are treated with the same care. For children, a parent/guardian needs to sign Intake Form and be present during Massage session. Expectant mothers must be past the 1st Trimester and not have a high risk pregnancy. She will be accommodated and be made comfortable with extra bolstering while laying face up or on their side. As for the elderly, they may be assisted on to the table and Massage can be administered with their clothing on. Extra bolstering will be used to make them more comfortable. They may have someone accompany them in the room while they are being treated.
Most clients experience a state of relaxation and euphoria. Some claim to feel energized and feel freed from muscular tension. While others state they have better concentration, feel less anxiety and get a better sound sleep. Our bodies respond differently from each treatment received. It is not unusual to feel a bit sore as the body is releasing toxins and self-healing in response to treatment. Keep in mind that Massage is a passive form of exercise. That’s right! You are burning calories too. It’s normal for your body to feel sore after treatment particularly if you are not used to getting massages often, same that occurs with decreased exercise. The body responds with some soreness which shouldn’t last for more than 1 to 2 days. If you are experiencing discomfort or pain during your massage, let the Therapist know so that pressure adjustments can be made. Listen to your body. If you feel tired after treatment go ahead and continue your relaxation. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Massage doesn’t just treat the Body, it treats the Mind. Allow yourself to experience the emotions and feelings post-massage.