A typical massage therapy session is 60 or 90 minutes plus time for a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the needed paperwork.
Step 1: Pre-Session: Consultation
During your first session, I will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. I will have you fill out a health history form which will ask a wide range of questions that may offer insight into your health. We will also go over your expectations for the massage and any areas that need extra attention or any areas you would prefer not to be massaged.
Step 2: During Session: Prepare for massage
After the consultation, I will take you to the treatment room where a comfortable massage table dressed with clean sheets awaits. A small shelf for your personal belongings is provided for your use as well as a place to hang your clothes. I will leave the room while you undress to your level of comfort. The massage etiquette varies for clients with some preferring to completely undress, while others will remain partially clothed. Either option is fine but please remove all jewelry. Once undressed, 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 your room. I will adjust the face rest and bolster to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned for the session. Please let me know if you are too warm or cold, I do have a heating pad under the sheets that can be adjusted.
You will always be draped with the top sheet and blanket during your massage session and I will only uncover the part of the body I am working on, ensuring that your personal space is respected at all times. I use only 100% natural organic sweet almond oil (unless you are allergic) and pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. I offer aromatherapy and essential oils at no additional cost, please let me know if you have any allergies, preferences or dislikes.
You should expect a peaceful and comfortable environment during your massage. There will be music playing, unless you request otherwise, and the room will be quiet, with no outside distractions. To maximize massage benefits I prefer to keep talking to a minimum so you can fully relax and tune into your body. However, if at any time you need me to lighten up pressure or go deeper into a muscle please communicate that with me. I will also check in about pressure occasionally. After the massage, I will leave the room so you can get changed.
Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy due to the massage lowering blood pressure.
Step 3 Post session: Next Steps and Treatment Plan
I will be waiting for you outside the room with water. Be sure to continue to drink extra water throughout the day to help flush out the toxins released during the massage.
Allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session if possible. Sometimes one needs a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the massage session or may need some “re-entry” time.
The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so talk with me about a recommended treatment plan to meet your health and wellness goals.