You should undress to your desired level of comfort. About half of our clients prefer to be completely undressed, while the other half prefers to keep their undergarments on. This is completely up to you. You will undress and dress in the privacy of your massage room and will be securely covered by a blanket and a sheet during your massage session.
For those who use massage as preventative care or to manage daily stress, one massage a month is common. Weekly sessions may be desirable if you are receiving massage for injury relief or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life. There are many people who incorporate massage therapy at least twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief.
Many clients are unsure if and/or how much they should tip their massage therapist. A tip is not required. I love what I do. I recommend you think of your massage therapist as you would a waiter in a restaurant. You may use your tip to reflect your appreciation for their service.
As a courtesy to my other clients, appointments will be automatically cancelled 15 minutes after the scheduled start time and charged according to the cancellation policy. I regret that late arrivals will not receive extension of scheduled appointments. In special cases, and when my schedule will allow, I may be able to accommodate a partial or full appointment. This will be at my discretion and only with proper, advance notification of your late arrival.
There will be a $50 fee charged for clients who "no-show" or fail to cancel their appointment with at least 24 hours notice. The fee will be added at checkout during the next session.
Gift certificates and massage session packages are not redeemable for cash and are non-refundable. They are transferable to another if you would like but proper notification will need to be given.
Falling asleep during a massage is very common. Many people go into a massage stressed and sleep-deprived and feel so relaxed that they fall asleep on the massage table. I won't judge you if you snore during the massage.
When you wake up, you may notice a little drool on your face or on the massage table. It's common and has to do with your positioning on the massage table. You don't have to do anything about it, but you should feel free to ask for a tissue.
Going to the bathroom before the massage begins is ideal, but if you need to urinate during the massage, be sure to let me know. Holding it for the duration of the massage isn't comfortable or conducive to relaxing.
If it happens you'll simply wrap up in your sheet and go(think toga).
It's normal for men to sometimes get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic massage. There's no reason to be embarrassed if it happens to you. Gentle touch anywhere on the body can activate the body's parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in an erection. As a professional massage therapist I will understand that and simply ignore it.
Let me know if you're ticklish before your massage begins. Usually, firm, slow pressure (and avoiding certain spots) can keep you from feeling ticklish during a massage.
From a massage therapist's perspective, it is far better to pass gas during the massage (often a sign that you're relaxed) than to clench your gluteal muscles during the massage to hold it in. Passing gas during a massage is normal and nothing to feel embarrassed about. If you're really uncomfortable doing it, you can always excuse yourself to go to the bathroom.
Although some people prefer to talk throughout the massage, don't feel like you have to make conversation with me. After all, you're having a treatment; you're not at a cocktail party. Many people close their eyes and try to relax. I will take the cue from you.
Deep tissue massage and sports massage are just some of the types of massage that require more feedback. When working on deeper layers of muscle I will want to ensure that the pressure is comfortable. Be sure to speak up during your massage if you: