This is YOUR session, so speak up!

Why is this so important? If you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position or if you are too hot or too cold … speak up! You will not hurt the therapist’s feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. Your therapist wants this to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy.

Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time you had a session, but this time you only want your back/neck/shoulders/arms worked, it’s perfectly fine to ask, you will enjoy your sessions so much more!

Please allow an additional 5-10 minutes prior to  your first session so you can fill out paperwork, ask questions and allow for opportunity for adequate assessment.  I promise, you will get your full session time on the table!  Its important that we communicate about goals, expectations and concerns prior to your session.

 

Wear your normal clothing to your session.  For you massage, you should undress to your level comfort. Typically for a full body massage most clients get completely undressed. However, your comfort is the most important aspect of the session and if you would prefer to level clothing items on, your therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. 

Your massage therapist will leave the room and give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table. Once you are undressed to your level of comfort and on the table under the blankets/sheet, the therapist will re-enter the room.  You will remain covered during the session, I will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. 

Fantastic!   Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.

If you receive a hot-stone massage you can expect to feel very sedated after your session.  Make sure to increase your water intake a bit- just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. 

What do I do during a massage treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time. We do ask that you refrain from using your cell phone (talking, text, reading email etc) during your massage.

How often should I get a massage?

Some is better than none.” What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3 weeks may be fine for you. However, if you are looking to address a specific condition or dealing with chronic pain, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Frequent, shorter sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place. Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.

Will the massage hurt?

For relaxation massage, pressure can be varied from light, medium or firm pressure- it should not hurt as movements will be generalized, fluid & smooth.

For deeper tissue massage, particularly massage that is “issue focused” in that significant attention is given to one area or region of the body (ex.  neck, shoulder, low back), you can expect more intensity as movements will be isolated to treat specific muscular dysfunction.   I will always start with lighter touch and gradually move to deeper muscle layers after the tissue is warmed, working with your breathing to keep you relaxed as deeper pressure is applied.

A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the ‘hurts so good’ range.   Any discomfort beyond a 7 on a 1-10 pain scale is counterproductive when your body is involuntarily tensing against pressure!

We want you to be comfortable!

I was suffering from vertigo and my Dr. was unable to help. In my first session with Laura, she removed the tension in my neck and my vertigo was gone! chris w.