What to expect ...

To ensure that you can enjoy your full treatment please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out a medical intake form. We will then take a few minutes, usually 10-15 minutes, to discuss and assess your primary concern for visiting us.

Must I Be Completely Undressed?
Most Massage Therapy techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you are comfortable wearing. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped with a sheet during the entire session and only the areas being treated will be undraped. Please, if you have any questions or concerns please discuss them with me.

Will the Therapist Be Present When I Disrobe?
I will explain to you how to lay on the table and cover yourself and will leave the room while you undress.

Will I Be Covered During the Session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be undrapped.

What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
The desired outcome of your session will be discussed. This will determine which areas of your body requires treatment. A typical full body session will include work on your back, legs, arms, hands, neck and feet.

What Should I Do During the Massage Therapy Treatment?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask the practitioner questions at any time.

How many sessions will I need?
This is a very common question. To provide you with realistic expectations, many factors affecting your recovery time must be taken into consideration, including:

  • acute vs. chronic pain
  • first episode or recurrent problem
  • history of previous injuries
  • general health
  • general fitness level ( strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health)
  • poor postural hygiene
  • lifestyle (work, diet, sleep)
  • patient comprehension and compliance with recommendations
  • kept appointments
  • stress (physical/mental/chemical)
  • family history
  • These factors and your individual health goals combine to structure the frequency and duration of your care.

How Will I Feel After the Massage Therapy Treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. It can be normal to feel as though you have had a workout for one to two days after your treatment depending on what was being treated. After the treatment people may experience fatigue or even increased energy, it is important to listen to your body and rest if it is needed.

Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Therapy Inadvisable?
Yes. This is why it is important to fill out your medical intake form accurately and inform your Massage Therapist if you have any concerns regarding medications or medical conditions. Often it is just a matter of adjusting treatment techniques for varying conditions.