What To Expect
Are there any preparations I need to make before my appointment?
It is best not to eat for at least 90 minutes before your massage treatment. And only a light meal at that time. This is a similar process to swimming or work out when your body will take all the blood away from the digestion process and take it to the working peripheral tissues therefore causing poor digestion and possible discomfort.
What can I expect when I go for a massage appointment?
On your first visit you will complete a confidential health history form. Your therapist will go over your health history form with you to determine your treatment needs and goals.
Must I undress for my massage?
Massage therapists are required to cover/drape you with a sheet so that they expose only the area which they are working on. You may needs to undress for therapy. However, you do not need to expose yourself in any way that you are uncomfortable.
What if I am uncomfortable with my body?
It is possible to work on a client who is dressed. So just let your therapists know your comfort level.
I bruise easily, can I still get a massage?
It is important to let your massage therapist know (this should be asked on the health history form you will be asked to fill out on your first visit). Massage therapy is not recommended for people who suffer from hemophilia.
Am I expected to talk during the massage?
If you wish to have silence, you should say so at the beginning, of the treatment. The therapist may, however, require verbal information pertinent to health findings during the treatment.
Should I stretch before and after exercising?
Yes you should do both:
* After a 5 minute warm up as simple as marching on the spot to get the blood circulating through your muscles you can start your stretching routine safely. Hold each stretch 20 to 30 seconds and breath deeply. No bouncing and no pain.
* After you work out and cool down you do your stretches all again with no pain.
What do I need to do?
Please tell your therapist about any injuries, problems or surgeries in the recent past, as well as any pertinent medical problems - fill out the Client Profile - close your eyes, deep BREATHE and relax! Feel free to ask questions before or after the massage. Please keep your therapist informed of your comfort level and whether you desire lighter or firmer pressure during your session.
What can I expect?
Expect a relaxing experience. Your therapist will inform you when your session is over and leave the room so that you may dress in private.
How will I feel after my massage?
The majority of our guests are very relaxed; some feel a decrease in long-term aches and pains. After an initial "slowed down" feeling, many feel enhanced energy and sense of well-being. These effects of massage are cumulative... Above all else, it is very important that you drink plenty of water after your massage to ensure that you flush out any toxins released in your body. Proper hydration will also ensure that the positive effects of your massage stay with you longer.
If I have a specific medical condition, can I still receive a massage?
Thorough completion of the Client Profile and communication of updated medical information prior to each session is crucial as it informs your therapist of any health issues. If you are under a health care provider's care, it is advisable that you receive written approval for massage or we are always happy to stay in communication with your physician to ensure your are receiving the best possible treatment for your condition.