What should I expect at my appointment?
Before the session begins, we’ll go over any questions that you, or myself, may have. In general, clients see me for:
- A massage focused on much needed relaxation and renewal. If you feel overworked and exhausted, no presenting issues, this would be a great way to destress.
- Addressing specific areas of discomfort for targeted pain relief, if your goal is to uncover and alleviate areas of restriction from a presenting problem or tension patterns.
Once we establish the goals for your massage, I’ll step out of the room and give you time to get comfortable and relaxed under the blanket, on the massage table.
Do your very best to relax. Allow me to do all the work, including moving your head, arms and legs. Bolsters, pillows, table warmer and music of choice are all available.Back to top
What oil do you use?
I use pure jojoba oil by: Hoba CareBack to top
What should I wear?
Most massage techniques are usually done while a client is unclothed, but that option is entirely upon your discretion. In other words, undergarments can be left on or off. Either way, you will be properly draped for modesty and comfort during your massage.
Should I talk during?
Some do prefer to talk during their massage, but don’t feel like you have to. Feel free to close your eyes and relax.
When working on deeper layers of muscle, deep tissue for example, sometimes requires feedback. So I will check with you, to ensure that the pressure is within your comfort level.Back to top Back to top
What if i’m self-conscious about my body?
Some common concerns clients have are:
- Being self-conscious about scars
- Believing they are overweight
- Thinking they have ugly feet
Rest assured, I work with bodies of all shapes and sizes. I strive to keep balance between engaging with you as the unique individual you are, as well as seeing your body, and all its unique qualities, from a clinical perspective. Massage is about the careful application of techniques to your muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue to help, not to judge you.Back to top
What if I experience pain or discomfort?
Let me know if any of the massage techniques I use is causing you pain. The goal is not to cause you pain, but there may be a certain level of discomfort, a “good ache”, when I’m working on a problem area. I want to use a depth of pressure that is right for you, so you can relax without tensing up.
This is because overly aggressive pressure can cause unintended backlash or rebound pain. The moment you tighten or guard, the capacity for change decreases. Staying within your comfort level helps to create real and lasting change.
If you are ever too sore after a massage, kindly let me know so that I can make the proper adjustments for your next massage.
How should I feel afterwards?
After any effective treatment, there is a rebalancing as your body adjusts. How your body will respond is very individual. Some common responses:
- You may leave feeling physically energized and yet internally quiet. Be active; but careful not to overdo.
- You may feel tired after your massage. This is often true if you have been over-stressed or overworked. If possible, rest and limit activity.
- Soreness can happen if there has been a lot of tension build-up in the area worked. This should only last for 24-36 hours and be tender to the touch, but not with movement. The best way to prevent soreness is to be moderately active after a session, muscle contraction and gentle stretching infuse the tissue with fluid exchange. Drinking water afterwards will also keep your tissues hydrated after a session.