Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapy
What if I am embarrassed about my body?
My focus is on providing therapeutic relief and pleasant stress reduction not in judging your physique. I am experienced in working on people of all sizes, shapes and ages.
Should I undress completely?
You can, but you don’t have to. I simply ask that you undress to your desired comfort level. Women may leave on their undergarments or take them off. Your privacy is respected. Some prefer to keep their panties on and others prefer to undress completely. I respectfully request that men wear boxers/briefs during a session. In order for you to relax, you need to feel that your boundaries are being respected; you need to feel comfortable and warm. I always keep your body draped ethically and professionally. Only the area being massaged will be uncovered. Even the most modest person can be massaged without nervousness.
Will the therapist be present while I disrobe or re-dress?
No. You will disrobe in private. I will leave the room while you undress, get comfortable on the table, and cover yourself with the table linens. I will knock before entering the room to make sure you are ready for me to.
At the end of your session, I will quietly let you know we are finished. I will then step out of the room to allow you time to get dressed. When you are ready, open the door and I will come in to address any questions or concerns you may have, plan your next appointment if you wish, and take your payment. I accept cash and debit/credit cards.
Will a lotion or lubricant be used?
I use fractionated coconut oil to reduce excessive friction on the skin and allow for a smooth massage. It also helps to hydrate the skin and is much less likely to create an allergic reaction.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Please let me know of any specific pain or tenderness issues you may be having. A normal full body massage will include work on your head, neck, shoulders, back, arms/hands, and legs/feet. You will not be touched on or near your genitals. If there are any parts of your body which you do not want worked on, simply let me know before or during the session.
What should I do during my massage?
You have an important job on the massage table: to relax (like a wet noodle). Oh, and breathing is good, too J In other words, just make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move your body or let you know that I need you to move part of your body (such as lifting an arm). I will also quietly let you know when it’s time to turn over and will ensure table linens keep your body concealed while you roll over. Many clients close their eyes during a massage to enhance their state of relaxation. Some people realize maximum of relaxation by being quiet during their session while others find a little conversation to be more relaxing. Your time on the table belongs to you and it is your decision. If you feel like talking, you are welcome to; but it won’t be considered rude if you simply remain quiet.
What will the massage feel like?
Everyone responds differently to receiving massage – some people obtain a deep state of relaxation and stress relief while others get off the table feeling “lighter” and energized. The key is to remember that I am there to provide a great experience for you. Your massage should always feel good. It should NOT be painful. If the pressure is too deep or too light, please let me know. You won’t hurt my feelings! I may be able to feel what’s going on with the soft tissues of your body, but your nerve endings are your own. Please communicate with me. I appreciate and need your feedback so your session is enjoyable!
Will I Be Sore as a Result of the Massage?
Again, I do not believe that pain is a necessary part of a massage (during or after). You will likely feel extremely relaxed after a massage, and you may experience relief from prior aches and pains. Occasionally, people may experience some tenderness (or fatigue) the next day due to the increased level in the movement of toxins (cell waste) through the body. Purposeful water intake (hydrated muscle is more flexible) following your massage may reduce these symptoms as well as facilitate their removal, and symptoms usually subside within about 48 hours.
You may find benefit in some gentle stretching and/or a warm (not HOT) bath with some Epsom or sea salt (1/2 – 1 cup for adults). This is an effective way to further help rid your body of toxins and reduce muscle inflammation. If using Epsom Salt, you also receive the added benefit of magnesium being absorbed through your skin.
When should I get a massage?
Anytime! Well, almost anytime. Massage is an affordable supplement to, and preventative care for, your body and mind. Regular massage is preventative care for warding off discomfort and damage to your body. It can also be ongoing relief for the challenges and stresses of our modern world. Massage may be kind of like a reset button for the amazing living, breathing machine that is your body. It can also be a calm oasis or retreat from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day stress.
There are, however, some times when you should not receive a massage due to illness, surgery, skin conditions, etc. For more information about contraindications, please see this page
How frequently should I get massage?
It depends on the reason you receive massage. For maintenance – managing daily stress and preventative care – once a month is common. Some clients prefer to come every week or every other week for maintenance and there is no such thing as too much massage! It is, quite simply, one of the most effective, pleasant, and beneficial therapies in the world.
For clients with chronic pain or a recent injury which interferes with daily life, frequent (possibly weekly) massages are essential in order to experience a cumulative effect which builds on the improvement of the prior week and helps with the restructuring and healing of the body until desired results are achieved.
Finally, many receive massage only as frequently as their budget allows. For this reason I have set my pricing structure to make it easier for you to experience and realize the benefits of massage on a regular basis.
What does a therapist’s license or certification mean?
Licensure means that I completed the state required course of study at a certified massage therapy school (the state requires a minimum of 500 hours; my program was 750 hours) and that I passed the nationally recognized licensing exam. The credentials for my profession are Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Additionally, LMT’s must take Continuing Education (CE) classes. In Florida, we are required to take 24 CE’s every 2 years (half of which must be hands-on or in-person hours. As I enjoy learning and taking classes, I always take more than the required 24 hours J