Jen E. Licensed Massage Therapist

                              Your Massage Visit Q & A

UPON ARRIVAL

I will ask you to fill out a Client Intake Form. The Client Intake Form is where you record any medical history, past/present injuries, and other physical conditions I should be made aware of.  I will review the Client Intake Form with you and will also inquire about the reason(s) you are coming to me for a massage, your current physical condition, and any specific areas in which you are experiencing pain or which areas you would like addressed during your massage.

Before beginning the session, I will ask you to alert me at any time during the session, if a technique I am using is uncomfortable or your environment is(room temperature, music volume or lighting) so I can make the proper adjustments. Depending on your specific needs or requests I will either perform a customized full-body massage (for general relaxation and stress reduction) or focus on the specific parts of your body that you have requested. I use only the highest quality organic, hypo-allergenic massage oils, creams, and essential oils during your treatment.

THE MASSAGE ROOM

I have a comfortable massage table dressed with clean sheets. I will leave the room and wait outside while you disrobe to your level of comfort. Some clients prefer to completely disrobe (especially for glute work), while some will remain partially clothed (keeping undergarments on). This is entirely up to you. You will lay down on the massage table under the top sheet provided. I will give you a few minutes for this process and will knock on the door to ask if you are ready before entering your room.

You will always be appropriately draped with the top sheet during your massage. I will only uncover the part of the body I am working on, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times.

You can expect a tranquil and comfortable environment during your massage. The massage table is generously padded and there will be relaxing music playing, unless you request otherwise.

WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING A MASSAGE?

            Most of all just relax and enjoy!

Some people like to talk during a massage session while others remain silent. In general I will remain quiet while I occasionally check in with pressure and comfort. 

Relaxed breathing helps muscle release during a massage. People often breath shallow when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is being massaged.

Tensing your muscles during a massage is counterproductive. Let me know if this happens so I can adjust the massage technique to help you relax.

If you find your thoughts racing try to quiet your mind by focusing on your breathing or by following my hands.

HOW LONG IS A SESSION?

An hour is a common session length. This gives time for a deeply relaxing full body massage. 75 minute and 90 minute sessions give enough time to address the whole body with special attention to problem areas.

Depending upon the session you choose you may not need to undress. Five Points Massage, Reflexology or Thai Foot Massage do not require full undressing.  

HOW WILL A MASSAGE FEEL?

Massage on healthy tissue feels good. The normal response is to slow down, breathe deeply, and relax.

The saying "no pain, no gain" is not true for massage and bodywork. The most effective massage works with the body's natural responses not against them.

Working in an area of injury or chronic pain may at first cause some discomfort which usually lessens in the first few minutes. It is important for you to let me know what your comfort zone is in respect to discomfort. I will work carefully within what feels right to you.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR MASSAGE

To feel relaxed!  If you are dizzy or light headed after the massage, do not get off the table too fast. Take time to adjust to how your body feels by moving around slowly after you dress.

Drink extra water after your treatment. This flushes your body of the toxins that your body will release during the treatment.

Allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session. It helps your body absorb the results.

Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond.