Frequently Asked Questions
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Cancellations: We ask that you give us 24 hour notice when cancelling an appointment. No-shows may be subject to a $25.00 cancellation fee and repetitive no shows will not be tolerated.
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork. Techniques utilized can vary from different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement reeducation, application of pressure to specific points, and more. See our descriptions of some of the types of massage and spa treatments we offer on our Modalities page.
First appointments: We ask that you arrive 10 minutes early to fill out necessary paperwork, and so the therapist can access your specific needs to best serve you
Late Arrivals: Your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours.
Unfortunately, Yes. It is very important prior to commencement of the session, that general health questions be noted on the intake form, and disclosed to the therapist. This includes current and past medical conditions, current medications, and recent injuries or surgeries. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. And in many cases, therapist will require a doctor’s release prior the massage session.
The most common length of massage is one hour. Shorter sessions of one-half hour are typically used for partial or sole focal areas such as feet, neck and shoulder, hands or legs only. Some massage techniques and spa treatments do require sessions of ninety to one hundred twenty minutes to complete, such as Lomi, Thai, or Deep Tissue. Many people prefer to add spa services to an hour massage to complete their relaxation process. Hot soaks, body treatments, and energy work are great compliments to massage
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
Your therapist will discuss the goals of the session with you and determine focal areas for best quality of care. Draping is always used to cover the client and prevent unwanted exposure. During a full body session neck/shoulder, back, arms, legs, hands, and feet will be uncovered individually as they are worked.
This depends on the type of massage technique used. Typically, massage begins broad long flowing strokes to warm the tissues and calm the nervous system. As the body unwinds, deeper pressure can be applied to ease tension. Some modalities of massage use compression and stretching to assist with muscular ease. Communicate with your therapist if you ever feel any discomfort, so that they can re-evaluate the approach. The greatest outcomes happen with the body is not resisting the applied pressure. Lubricants are used in most massages. Be sure to inform your therapist of skin sensitives or allergies.
R. Michelle Christen, LMT