There are two words that have gotten me through every new opportunity for success and failure thanks to author Douglas Adams: Don’t Panic!
No matter your concern there is a solution. If there are any accommodations or considerations unique to your situation, please let me know.
What does a full body massage include?
A full body massage includes the anterior (front) and posterior (back) of the body- feet, legs, torso, arms, hands, neck, face, and head. We develop the plan together before each massage- some areas may be abbreviated to accommodate more time to address trigger points (knots).
What kind of lotion/ soap do you use?
Due to the high number of allergies, I have chosen to use virgin coconut oil for table massages and Eco-Nuts for my laundry. While these 100% natural products address allergy concerns for most, it is important to do your research. Clients with severe allergies are welcome to bring their own lotion and/or twin sheets.
What is the difference between a chair and table massage?
Chair and table massages are both excellent options to address sore muscles. Studies have shown that a 10 minute chair massage can increase productivity and reduce stress. The main difference is the level of clothing worn. Chair massage works well whether the client is dressed for working out or working at a desk. The massage consists of a series of compressions addressing the back, shoulders, arms, hands, and scalp.
A table massage in contrast, uses lotions or oils to help administer long strokes and kneading in addition to compression techniques. This is why table massage work well when the client is dressed for working out or has dressed down to their comfort level.
Will the massage hurt?
Increasing pain is never the goal which is why communication is key. I use a pain scale of 1-5, below. During the massage, help me know when to adjust the pressure and technique. We are always aiming for 3.
1 (Can’t feel it)
2 (Good Enough)
3 (That’s Perfect!)
4 (Maybe it will get better…)
5 (So Much Pain!)
Is there anything that could prevent me from getting a massage?
While massage is helpful for most conditions, there are a few which would preclude you from being able to get a massage. They are numerous; which is why it is important to talk about these concerns with me prior to your first massage. There are solutions for most situations.
Athlete’s foot? Keep your socks on and I’ll skip your feet. Pregnant? We’ll talk about alternative positions and pillows for support. Recent injury or chronic illness? Details will make all the difference in these case by case situations. Give me a call- most of the time I can help. When in doubt, feel free to ask your primary physician for their opinion.
Do I have to talk (or should I not talk)?
The massage time is your own. If talking, or not talking, helps you to enjoy the massage then go for it. I have found that most clients appreciate a quiet atmosphere that allows their mind to wander. Some use the time to meditate, others to nap. If you’re a talker feel free to use a quiet voice.
Do clients have to undress?
Most people worry about glut, abdominal, and feet work as these are very private areas of the body- typically disassociated with therapeutic touch. At the same time, these are some of our most neglected parts of our body, and the most called upon for action. These are some of the biggest culprits with regards to back pain- especially for the service industry and cubicle jockeys. These muscles can be addressed regardless of attire and with great modesty.
Should I be nervous about body hair?
Absolutely not and no apologies needed. I focus on the muscle attachments and the feel of the muscle fibers. The existence or lack of body hair simply doesn’t factor into massage therapy.
How will I feel after the massage?
You can expect to feel a bit lightheaded for a few minutes after a massage; which is why I encourage clients to collect their thoughts before stepping off the table. Over the course of the next day, some people experience minor soreness, others feel rejuvenated-it may be similar to how your muscles feel after a quality workout.
Is a tip required?
I understand that tipping is a philosophy all its own, and everyone has their own opinions. Letting me know I did a good job, sharing a review on social media, recommending my services to others- that’s the tip most appreciated.
How often should I get a massage?
How fast do you want to heal? For those seeking massage to help treat an injury, once a week is most ideal. Frequent therapeutic appointments help aid the muscle’s response to the work and help the client note changes from appointment to appointment. Massages naturally become less frequent as the injury heals.
For those who seek relaxation or maintenance from a previous injury, every 3-4 weeks helps to address tension. In general, once a month is the edge of the ideal spectrum. Its amazing how much pain and stress can build up in just one month.
How do I book my next appointment?
Give me a call or text at (515) 689-4754.