Some information to help prepare you for your first visit, and help maximize your massage experience.
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New Client Intake
Please complete an online intake form prior to your first appointment. You can use the link below, or the link provided in appointment reminders. The intake helps me get some key information for your massage:
- General info
- Activities, hobbies, occupation, etc. (Helps me understand any tension patterns your body may have.)
- Current medical conditions, if any. (Helps me determine the right methods and adjustments for your massage.)
Before Your Visit
- To ensure you get the full time on the table please arrive a few minutes early.
- After your appointment is scheduled you will receive an email/text confirming the appointment was made.
- 72 hours before your appointment you will receive a reminder email/text asking you to confirm your appointment, please confirm before the day of your appointment to ensure time is held. This is to reduce no-shows and to allow me to fill spots from my waitlist.
During Your Massage
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.
Experiencing 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.
After Your Massage
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What oil do you use?
I use pure jojoba oil by: Hoba Care
Do I have to shave?
Nope! Only if you want to, but it’s not necessary.
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 covered during the massage.
Should I talk during my massage?
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.
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.
Which massage method is right for me?
My therapeutic massages generally blend different methods together to accomplish greater and longer lasting results. Each method has it’s own unique purpose (see below). The most widely used are Swedish and Deep Tissue.
Swedish methods are for relaxation & general wellness (stress, anxiety, depression, tension etc.).
Deep Tissue methods are aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia. Pressure will generally be more firm/heavy. It’s a more focused method, as I work to release chronic muscle tension or “knots” (also known as “adhesions.”).
Cupping Massage uses special cups which are applied to the area being worked using light to medium suction. Serves many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being.
IASTM can be added to any massage to help address issues like chronic pain and tissue restrictions. This method involves scraping/gliding over the skin with a smooth beveled edge tool, to stimulate the release of adhesions and scar tissue which increases blood flow to the area, and improves soft tissue function.
Still not sure which is right for you? At your appointment i’ll discuss a few different factors with you, that can help determine what massage method is right for you. This generally includes:
- Any goals you have
- Reasons for getting massage
- Preferred pressure
- Area(s) being worked (fully body or focused/spot work)