Is it okay to talk?
Yes it is okay to talk, but you may get more benefit from a relaxation massage if you keep it minimal. If you are nervous about the process of receiving massage and need to talk to feel safe, your therapist will understand.
What if I'm embarrassed about my body?
Massage therapist are professionals who are sensitive to possible client issues with touch and are non-judgmental about your weight, amount of hair, skin conditions, scars, disabilities, medical conditions or personal history of trauma.
Can I go back to work after my massage?
Of course, but plan on enough time to readjust. Be aware that your perception of motion (driving, stairs and distances) may be “off' for around 20 minutes after the session. Your relaxed state may also bring your feelings close to the surface.
Will the oil run on my clothes and mess up my hair?
Generally no. If you have any concerns, bring a comfortable set of clothes for afterwards.
What is proper massage terminology?
Massage Therapist not Masseuse: a massage therapist is a licensed professional who is educated and trained to provide massage therapy. A Masseuse is often untrained and unlicensed.
Massage Table not Bed: we are a professional clinic and do not work on beds. Sleeping is short term and tables are single use only.
Massage Clinic, Spa or Practice NOT Parlor: this terminology distinguishes us as a professional business.
About Massage Pressure
Many people use the term “Deep Pressure” and “Deep Tissue” interchangeably when they talk about their massage preference; however the two technique are different and have distinct goals. Pressure is the amount of force or intensity that is applied to vary each technique of massage and changes the amount of stimulus felt. Depending on the desired effect, a therapist will apply a variation of pressures while they perform specific techniques.
A lighter pressure is used to induce a pleasant and relaxed state, sooth the nervous system and to stimulate the lymph system. It is required in techniques such as lymphatic draining and cranial sacral therapy.
A deeper pressure can be applied in any type of massage technique. While many people believe that a treatment will be more effective if the pressure is greater, if the pressure is too intense the muscle will actually engage or push away and work against the therapist in a process called “Muscle Guarding.” While deeper pressure is often needed to access the deeper layers of muscle and tissue, a professionally trained therapist will gauge their pressure based on your preference and how your muscles are responding to the technique used. Therefore pressure should never be so painful that it is unbearable for this will generally lead to more harm than it is doing good.