You will be greeted in a courteous, professional manner.
You will be asked to complete a Client Intake Form, asking for a brief medical history and your expectations from your massage session. Please know that all client information is confidential, will be filed in a locked cabinet and will not be shared without your consent.
We will discuss the best style of massage suited to meet your needs and expectations of our session.
The treatment room usually has soft lighting to enhance relaxation, but it is adjustable, as needed.
Relaxing music will be playing softly. If the selection is not to your liking, you may ask that it be changed. You may also bring and play your own music. However, I kindly request NO RAP music.
You will be asked to undress to your level of comfort. Most clients choose to completely disrobe, but that is NOT required. Massage therapists NEVER massage the genitals. If you choose to leave your undergarments on, when it is time to massage the buttocks and hip area I will ask you to move the garment or move it with your permission. This also applies to any female who chooses or is unable to remove her bra. Undressing occurs AFTER I leave the treatment room to prepare myself for your session.
You will lie on the massage table UNDER the top sheet and blanket.
In a full body massage, the following areas are massaged: scalp, face, neck and shoulders, the upper chest, sternum, arms, forearms and hands, the abdominal muscles (on women, this is done while draping the breasts with a pillow case), the legs (including anterior, lateral and medial), feet, back of the legs, posterior hips, back, lower back. You may request that one or more of these areas NOT be massaged. Genitals are NEVER massaged.
You may choose NOT to have a full body massage. In those instances, only the targeted areas of tension we discuss prior to the session will be massaged.
I prefer not to talk during a session so you can completely relax. However, I will answer any questions you may have; or I may occasionally ask about your level of comfort with the massage. One a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very, very light touch and 10 being nearly unbearable touch, a massage should be in the 5-8 range. Anything less that 5 would normally not be enough pressure to access all the muscle layers; and anything above an 8 could potentially cause harm.
At the end of the massage, you will be offered the opportunity to lie quietly on the table with a hot pad on your back for a few extra minutes. You also have the right to refuse the hot pad.
After the massage or removal of the hot pad, I will leave the room while you dress.
You will be given a bottle of water before you leave. It is just a nice reminder to hydrate your body.
Massage will help you possess the ultimate balance between