FAQ's - What you really want to know.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: I accept cash, check, and credit - Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express. I also accept HSA and FSA cards that have a Visa or Mastercard logo.
Q: What massage techniques are used?
A: I utilize a number of different modalities including Swedish, Thai massage, Shiatsu, myofascial release, hot stone massage, and my own unique modality, Chakra Healing Massage. Fire cupping or heated Synergy stones are used when requested by the client, or when it is stated to be included in the type of session booked.
I also offer energy and vibrational healing therapies, including Reiki, sound healing, crystal healing, and guided meditation.
Q: Do you do deep tissue or use deep pressure?
A: No, I do not perform deep tissue or deep pressure massage techniques.
Q: What should I expect during my first healing therapy session?
A: Your massage therapist will have you fill out an intake form with questions about your health history, what kind of treatment you would like, and what areas you would like worked on. The therapist will ask some questions to establish if you have any conditions that could be affected by massage that need to be addressed, and to determine that the chosen therapy is the right one for you. Certain assessments and testing may be done to evaluate your condition and determine if you have any current complaints. You should arrive ten minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out paperwork and have the consultation.
Q: Why do I have to give my health history to get a massage?
A: It is important to give information regarding your health history and current condition of health in order for your massage therapist to determine the best method of treatment. Some conditions may be contraindicated (not medically recommended) for massage, and others may require a certain type of modality in order for you to benefit. Be sure to update your therapist when you go in for session if any of your health information has changed since your last visit.
Q: Where will my healing session take place?
A: Your session will take place in a private treatment room, on a hydraulic massage table.
Q: How do I dress for the session?
A: For a full body massage most clients remove all articles of clothing, except underwear, which stays on. Ultimately it is up to the client to decide to what level they are comfortable undressing. The therapist will give you privacy to undress and dress and your body will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the body part that is being worked on. Client modesty is always respected.
In some types of massage, you may be asked to wear gym shorts, and sports top or bra (for women), for the duration of the session. Depending on what is needed, this will be decided by the therapist and client as appropriate.
If you are receiving only energy work, sound healing, or guided meditation, you will remain fully clothed.
Q: What do I do during a healing session?
A: Make yourself comfortable. If the therapist needs to readjust you they will do so or ask you to readjust what is needed. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a massage, some even fall asleep, and others prefer to talk. Whatever you prefer is up to you, as it is your massage. Do whatever comes naturally and feel free to ask any questions you may have during the massage session. The therapist does not expect you to talk during the massage, so do not feel like you have to, but you are welcome to do so if you like.
Q: How will a massage feel?
A: This depends on the modality used during the session. A standard relaxation massage is Swedish massage, which will begin with long flowing strokes to reduce surface muscle tension and calm the central nervous system. As the massage progresses, slightly firmer pressure will be used depending on what is needed and the comfort levels of the client. A massage oil is used to reduce friction against the client's skin.
A Chakra Healing Massage is quite a different set of techniques that are gentle, yet incredibly impactful to open energy pathways and clear blockages.
Q: How will I feel after the massage?
A: Most likely very relaxed. You may feel sudden relief from long-time tension and pain, and be more flexible. Taking it easy for the rest of the day after a massage is suggested, as well as drinking plenty of water. An Epsom salt bath can also assist in drawing out tension from the body. You could feel a bit disoriented after the massage, commonly known as "massage drunk". For areas that were especially tense prior to massage, some soreness can set in later that day or within the next day or two. This is normal and will pass, but heat applied to any sore areas for at least fifteen minutes twice per day will help relieve the soreness, or ice for ten minutes at a time, as well as gently stretching the muscles. Any soreness following a massage should not last more than two days, at which point the relief can be more clearly felt.
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