What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
We will go over your health history form and discuss with you any conditions or concerns that need to be addressed including any specific areas you would like to work on.
How much should I tip?
In general a 15-20% tip is customary, but it is up to the discretion of the client.
How often should I receive a massage?
It depends on what you’re coming in for. Just for de-stressing and working out some knots? Then maybe once a month. Have an injury you’re trying heal? Once a week is best until significant progress has been made. Outside of that, it depends on your goals. We will create a treatment plan specific to your individual needs including factors such as your general health, lifestyle and budget.
What do I wear for a massage?
This really depends on the type of massage you are getting. If you have chosen a massage that uses oils then be prepared to remove clothes from the areas of the body you want worked on. We observe a strict draping policy for your privacy, so completely undressing is appropriate, but if you prefer to wear undergarments, please feel free to do so. If you choose a style of non oil based massage like Shiatsu, Jin Shin Jyutsu, or acupressure than we prefer you leave your clothes on and arrive wearing loose fitting comfortable clothes such as sweats.
Do I have to completely undress?
During your massage, we observe a strict draping policy for your privacy, so completely undressing is appropriate. If you prefer to wear undergarments, please feel free to do so.
Will the massage hurt? Generally the answer is no, but if you are looking for deep tissue work and/or want an area with tissue damage worked on, then yes, there may be some pain. Please keep the practitioner aware of your comfort level while they are working and if the discomfort you are experiencing gets to be too much. Remember, You are in control of your session.
Can I talk during my session? That’s up to you! Some practitioners are more conversational than others while they are working, but yes, if you’d like to you can talk.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. There may be some achy sensations if you opted for a deep treatment. Overall, clients most often feel much looser … it may take walking around for a few minutes before your body feels adjusted to its new state of freedom.
Aftercare… what should I do after my massage treatment?
Massage, especially a deep massage can flush out a lot of old garbage that has been stored in the tissue, so it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water to help the body with this flush. We recommend not doing any extreme physical workouts like weight lifting or long distance running afterwards so that your body can fully integrate the treatment. Walking or light Yoga, on the other hand, are good exercises to help your body integrate a treatment.
When should I not get a massage?
It is not the right time for your massage if you are sick, have a widespread skin rash, or a severe acute injury. There are times that a massage can help with severe acute injuries, but you are better off first seeing you’re MD. This might also be a great time to try Acupuncture!
Is it safe to have massage when I’m pregnant?
Yes! Massage can be very beneficial throughout all the stages of your pregnancy. Please request a prenatal massage when you book your appointment and remind your practitioner at the start of your treatment.
Should I shave my legs before a treatment?
That’s up to you, but it will not effect the massage. 🙂