When a client, whether new or regular, enters my place of practice, I treat them like a guest entering my home. I feel it my responsibility and my pleasure to make each client feel welcomed and honored.
If its's the first time working with each other, I’ll have a brief intake form <<link to intake form here>> for you to complete. For all clients, a chance to chat about why you’re coming in for a massage that day helps me make sure I understand your expectations for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax? or both!
Depending on your goals for the session, I'll suggest options for structuring the massage session to best meet your needs. I’ll walk you through the massage process if needed and instruct you on how we will begin - face up on your back, face down on your belly or side-lying on your left or your right.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, I always advise my clients to disrobe to their level of comfort. In any event, you will be properly draped throughout the massage.
I’ll leave the room so you may undress and get comfortable on the massage table.
During the Massage
I use a light, unscented fractionated coconut oil because I think it's a quality product with no fillers or unnecessary ingredients. Often I find that little to no oil is even needed depending on the treatment and techniques applied.
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. Sometimes it takes people a few seconds and others a bit longer. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work! For some, this "letting go" takes practice.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.
I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music!
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your session. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please notify me so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.
I always welcome feedback and comments, both good and bad, so don't hesitate to voice them.
You can always email, phone or text if you have any additional questions or if you want to schedule a massage!