Should I get a massage?
There are many reasons to get a massage. As such, there are many types of massage, one which is perfect for you. However, there are also reasons not to get a massage. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind:
Please keep in mind these are generally contraindications for massage. However, it is best to consult with your doctor. If your doctor feels a massage would be beneficial, have him write a prescription for massage. This will indicate that the doctor agrees massage would be beneficial for you along with reducing the cost of your massage (providing a doctor referral allows us to treat this a a medical process and not charge sales tax on the service).
Will the massage be painful?
General massage should never be extremely painful. However, there is a certain level of discomfort one can experience especially with tight/sore muscles, trigger points and other medical conditions. If you were to put it on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being more painful,, your pain level should never go above a seven. But keep in mind that some conditions require deeper or prolonged massage on areas that may be sensitive. Although it is the therapist's responsibility to check with the client on pressure, it is also the client's responsibility to report any discomfort. You and your therapist will work through the situation together.
Do I need to be completely undressed?
You undress to your level of comfort. You will be covered by sheets/blankets during the course of the massage.
If I decide to undress, will the therapist be in the room with me?
No. Once your therapist completes the intake process and shows you the table, they will leave the room to allow you to get undressed in private. Although the therapist will remind you just before leaving the room, once undressed you should proceed to the table, slip between the sheets and cover yourself.
If I decide to undress, will I be exposed during the massage?
As noted in the previous answer, you slip between the sheets before the massage starts. Your therapist will only uncover the part of the body being worked-on, then re-drape before moving to the next part of your body. The therapist will also be very careful when having you turn over so that you remain securely draped the entire time. Again, the goal is to keep you comfortable. If at any time you feel too exposed, please communicate that to your therapist.
What if I'm overweight, have scars, body disfigurements, tattoos or other things that make me feel uncomfortable?
Your massage therapist is a professional. We do not impose any personal ideas or views on our clients. Furthermore, your privacy is important to us and we will never divulge information about you without your consent. As a matter of fact, due to our view on privacy, we will not even publicly acknowledge you if we were to meet you in a public or private space outside of the massage center. However, if you decide to approach and greet us, we will gladly return the kindness.
Can I talk or should I remain quiet during my massage?
That is completely up to you. If you find it more comfortable to talk during the massage session, your therapist will gladly listen. However, we do recommend remaining quiet during massage as it is a wonderful way to relax, unwind and gain some balance back in your life. Whichever you choose, the therapist will gladly support your decision.
What parts of my body might be massaged?
Again, this depends on your comfort level. A full-body massage generally covers your neck, back, hips, legs, feet, hands, arms, shoulders, face, and scalp. During the intake process, communicate your concerns on areas you wish the therapist to avoid.
What if I become uncomfortable during the massage and want to stop the massage?
Both the client and the therapist always retain the "right of refusal". That means that you may ask your therapist to stop the massage at any time. However, keep in mind that you will be charged for the complete session.
What kind of music will be played during the massage? Can I bring my own music?
I play soft relaxing music in most cases designed specifically and scientifically for relaxation and/or massage. However, you are completely welcome to bring in your favorite CD and I will be glad to play it during our session.
What happens after the massage is complete?
Your therapist will again leave the room to allow you the privacy to re-dress. Once you have re-dressed, exit the room and come to the lobby area where the therapist will be waiting with water. Your therapist will then process any fees for the service.