You can expect a warm welcome from the moment you arrive for your appointment, to the moment you leave, a therapeutic experience that will leave you feeling relaxed, healed, restored, and oftentimes surprisingly invigorated.
The first order of business
I will ask you to fill out a Client Intake Form. The intake form is a confidential form where you record any medical history, past or present injuries and any other physical conditions that I should be aware of. I will review this intake form with you. I will inquire about the reason you are coming for a massage, your current physical condition, and specific areas in which you are experiencing pain or would like addressed during your massage.
The Treatment Room
A peaceful and spa like treatment room where a comfortable massage table is dressed with a warming blanket and fresh cotton linens. A space for your personal belongings and a chair are provided for your use. I will leave the room and wait outside while you disrobe to the level of your comfort. Some clients prefer to completely disrobe, while some like to remain partially clothed. Once disrobed you will lie on the massage table, under the top sheet. I will give you a few minutes for this process and will ask if you are ready before entering the room.
You will always be draped with the top sheet and an additional blanket during your massage session. I will only uncover the part of the body that I am working on, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times.
You can expect a tranquil and comfortable environment during your massage. The massage table is padded, and a heating blanket, which you can have adjusted to your liking, is placed beneath the bottom sheet. There will be relaxing music playing, unless you request otherwise, and the room will be quiet, with no outside distractions.
Your Needs are of First Importance
Before beginning the session, I will ask you to alert me if any technique or stroke that I am using is uncomfortable. Depending on your specific needs or requests, I will either perform a customized full-body massage for general relaxation and stress reduction, or focus on the specific areas of your body that you have requested. Once your massage therapy session is completed, I will leave the room so you can re-dress. Once dressed, any questions you may have will be answered and payment will be collected
After your Massage
After your massage, you may notice changes in your body and mind. Here are some things that will help you get the most from your massage.
1. Drink extra water. Drinking water assists the functioning of the whole body, including circulation and the kidneys, which are both involved with relieving the body of waste products. Drinking extra water also helps to reduce soreness and fatigue after a massage.
2. Schedule time to take it easy after your massage. Rest if you feel the need. If you can, take a nap or get in bed early. If you haven't been sleeping well, the massage may relax you enough that you will want to turn in early and catch up.
3. If the focus of your massage is on a particular injury or body part, remember to stretch, ice, or apply heat to that area. You may want to do some gentle movement, such as walking, sometime in the hours after your massage to mildly encourage your muscles to work in a balanced an efficient way.
4. Sometimes people experience some soreness for 24 hours or so after a massage. If you do feel sore, or think that you might, stretch gently in a hot shower, or take a bath with Epsom salts. Remember to let me know about your experience so it can be taken into consideration in your next session.