Our Licensed Massage practitioners are extensively trained in a wide variety of massage techniques such as: lymphatic drainage, deep tissue, trigger point, sports, Swedish, hot rocks, cranial sacral therapy, TMJ, and prenatal massage.
What you can expect during your first appointment
Generally, first appointments begin with an intake process, starting with a health history. The health history paperwork will ask about:
- Medical conditions
- Areas of concern
- Your level of pain or discomfort on good and bad days
- What helps reduce the pain and what makes it worse
- Contact information
You will also be asked to sign forms that explain your right to privacy such as HIPAA Consent and Disclosure.
Massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems. You should also let the therapist know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines you are taking, because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. Knowing your history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.
The massage therapist will ask questions to better design a session that meets your needs and goals. Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. All information you give is confidential.
The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level.
During the massage
Generally, you will lie on a massage table, covered by a sheet or large towel. Make sure you are comfortable and let the therapist know if you are not.
Draping: A professional massage therapist will never expose genitals or breasts, or any other areas you identify. Only the area the therapist is working on will be exposed.
How to get the most from your massage
- Be as open to the process as you can.
- Communicate with your massage therapist regarding the intensity of the pressure throughout the massage.
- Relax and try let your thoughts go. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels.
- Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it.
After the massage
At the end of the massage, the therapist will leave the room so you can dress in private. Wait a few minutes on the table as you get grounded, especially if you feel light-headed. Then take your time getting ready.
After a massage it’s important to drink water and stay hydrated throughout the day to help the body flush waste products.
Cancellation/ No Show Policy For Massage
It is extremely important for us to meet the needs of our clients. Unfortunately, we have experienced a high volume of late cancels/no shows and have a large group of people who really need these appointment times. Our cancellation policy for massage therapy is 24 hours prior to the appointment to avoid penalties. If you cancel less than 24 hours prior to your appointment time, you will be subject to a $35 fee. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.