frequently asked questions
what is massage?
Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue to relieve muscle tension and soreness.
It involves working the soft tissues of your body using stroking and kneading movements with different pressures.
what type of massage do you offer?
Of the many types of massage available -- Swedish, Aromatherapy, Tui Na, Thai, etc -- I only offer Swedish massage at present. (I am currently training to be a Sports Massage therapist and hope to be able to offer those services soon.)
is massage sensual/sexual?
I offer professional, clinical massage services only. These are different to what you might encounter in a massage parlour -- I do not offer a sensual or sexual service.
what should I expect during my first visit?
You will have to fill out a brief health history form. I will then ask you which areas you would like me to work on and whether there are any conditions that need to be addressed. (This is so I know whether massage would be appropriate for you.)
what should I wear?
It depends on the primary treatment being offered -- for a full body massage, most people
undress completely. You may wear underwear if you wish.
You will be able to undress in a private area, and your body will remain covered with a sheet at all times except for the area being worked on.
what do I do during a treatment session?
Just make yourself comfortable. If you need to change your position you may simply do so. Some people prefer to lie quietly during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
how will the massage feel?
A Swedish massage session begins with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) which will help
your nervous system relax and reduce any exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes more relaxed,
I will carefully increase the pressure to relax specific areas that are tense.
I use a light oil to prevent excessive friction on your skin. This oil washes off easily afterwards.
is massage always appropriate?
Massage is not appropriate for people who suffer from certain medical conditions. That's why I always begin the first session by finding out about your medical history and needs. You need to inform me of any health problems you have or medications you are taking. If you are being cared for, you are best advised to ask your doctor for a written recommendation for massage.
how will I feel afterwards?
Most people feel very relaxed -- even sleepy -- initially, followed by a period of increased
energy and heightened awareness, which can help boost productivity and may last for some days.
You should drink plenty of water after a massage session, as your body releases toxins during the treatment and by drinking water you help your body get rid of them.
how often should I be massaged?
Many of the effects of massage are cumulative. They add up over time. Many people take a
massage every 1 - 6 weeks. Some people just have one whenever they can find the time.
For acute problems such as overwork or muscle spasms you might want to come in weekly or even more often.
should I tip?
Please don't feel pressured to tip, though obviously feel free to do so if you want to.
what if I have to cancel?
Please give me 12 hours' notice if you can.