FAQ

What to expect from your first massage with me:
First time clients will be asked to fill out a form asking for basic contact information, a brief medical history, and your reason for seeking massage therapy.  After entering the treatment room I will interview you to find out what your specific needs are and discuss the best way to meet your goals.

After the interview I will step out of the room so you can get on the table.  You will be free to dress down to your comfort level.  You will be covered with a sheet and blanket during the treatment, I will undrape only the area of the body I am working on and will never expose any private parts.  If there are specific areas you are uncomfortable with being touched please feel free to let me know and never hesitate to tell me if anything makes you uncomfortable during the treatment.

During your massage I will use a variety of treatments to tailor the work to your unique needs.  You are always welcome to communicate with me about the treatment during the massage.

After the massage is over I will leave the room so you can take some time to relax and get dressed.  When you are ready I will check in with you about how you feel about the treatment you received and work with you to form a plan to help you reach your goals if needed.

Communication between you and your therapist is important.  I welcome any feedback that I can use to improve your experience and meet your specific goals.

What about privacy?
You will be free to dress down to your comfort level for the massage.  You will be covered with a sheet and blanket during the treatment, I will undrape only the area of the body I am working on and will never expose any private parts.  If there are specific areas you are uncomfortable with being touched please feel free to let me know and never hesitate to tell me if anything makes you uncomfortable during the treatment.

How much pressure do you need?
Pressure is important to both the effectiveness of your treatment and your experience of the massage.  Too much is painful and may cause you to tense up the very muscles we’re trying to relax.  Too little and it may not be very effective or you may not enjoy the massage as much as you would like.  The most effective pressure in most cases is felt as “good pain”, intense with a sometimes deep feeling of relief.

The depth of pressure of many techniques can be adjusted to suit your tolerance.  Some techniques need deeper pressure to work well while others are more subtle and light but still have dramatic effects on tissues.  Deeper is not always better!

I use a pressure that feels like the right pressure to release the tissue and can feel how the muscle is reacting to that pressure.  I cannot know, however, how it feels to you.  It may be painful or you may not feel much at all.  Please feel free to let me know if I am using too much or too little to reach your “good pain” threshold.

 

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