Frequently Asked Question
When do I get a massage?
You can receive a massage anytime. There is no need to wait until you are in discomfort or stressed out. Clients often wait until they reach this state before they come in for a massage. Massage is amazing preventive care for your body and sole. Instead of waiting until you have a bad headache, or you are physically hurting from stress, overwork, etc., get a massage to prevent these symptoms.
When not to get massage?
If you have any of the following:
- Severe cold or flu
- Fractures, burns, or open wounds
- Blood clots
- Untreated high blood pressure
- Cancer (need Dr's. release)
Inform me of any existing condition, so that I may better care for you.
What happens in a massage session?
First you will fill out an intake form. I will answer any questions you may have. I will leave the room, so that you may have privacy to dress down to your level of comfort. I will return, encourage deep breathing for you, and begin massage. I will only undrape the area I am working on. I will redrape area and move to another area. Techniques include gliding strokes, kneading, cross fiber friction, trigger point therapy, reflexology, and stretching. Inform your therapist of the pressure level you are comfortable with. Your massage therapist will thank you and leave the room. Get up slowly. You may feel a little light headed at first. Take your time in getting ready.
Don’t forget to drink lots of water after a massage!
What if I am uncomfortable with my body and I feel self conscious?
So many clients feel a little self conscious. Do not let this prevent you from experiencing a healing session. I am here to care for you. I am not judging your physique, age, or gender. Massage is a gift for men and women, young or old, and all different shapes and sizes. You are worth it!
Will I be sore after a massage?
Some soreness is normal after a deep tissue massage. Increasing your water intake usually prevents most of the soreness after your deep tissue work. Remember, after the soreness subsides you will feel better!
You should not be sore after a Swedish massage.
How often do I need a massage?
If you have chronic tension and pain that interferes with daily activities, weekly massage is recommended.
For those choosing massage as preventive care, every 2 weeks to once a month is recommended.
You will gain so many healing benefits from receiving regular massage. So remember, massage is essential self care.
Do I undress completely?
Undress to your level of comfort. Do you experience lower back and hip issues? You may choose to completely undress; this allows me to work the gluteus muscles, which will affect your lower back and that whole muscle group. If you choose to leave your underwear on this area still may be worked. You will be under a drape. I will only undrape the area I am working on.
Do I have to be draped?
Absolutely! No exceptions. It is a Tennessee State law.
Can I talk during my massage?
Yes, although relaxation works best, when you can be still and concentrate on your breathing.
How can I benefit most from my massage?
Communicate with your massage therapist. Tell them how much pressure you like and areas you would like concentration on. Relax, focus on your breathing, and let go of any tension you are holding onto.
What are the benefits of regular massage?
- Fatigue relief
- Pain reduction
- Stress relief
- Increases circulation and oxygen flow
- Reduces muscular tension
- Improves muscle tone and skin tone
- Releases endorphins
- Relaxes body and sole
- Assist body in removing toxins
- Increased energy level
- Aids digestion
Is tipping required?
It is appreciated. Tipping isn’t expected or required.
Referrals are appreciated.
Should I shower before the session?
As long as you have showered earlier in the day I will be able to provide you with a healing massage session. If you are able to shower right before your massage, you will feel refreshed.
What is the massage room like?
- Low lighting
- Soft soothing sounds
- A heated massage table