What You Should Know

• During the interview process at the start of the massage, the therapist will ask you a number of questions including what areas you would like worked on, any areas to avoid, any techniques liked or disliked or any other concerns. The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and leave the room for you to undress. When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet or other draping on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering.

• Remember: you are in charge. You can ask for changes or to stop the session at any time. You know your body, so trust your instincts.

• Be strategic about the time you book your massage and leave yourself plenty of time to arrive and wind down afterwards. Being on time for your appointment is important, if you are just 5 minutes late and needing to fill out paperwork, your massage will not be able to start on time and can affect the length of treatment if clients are booked after yourself.

• Massage should never hurt. A little pain is needed to get the job done, right? Not necessarily. If too much force is provided the muscle tightens up more and creates even more pain and can even bruise the muscle. Therapists will not be offended.

• If can be common to experience heightened emotions; the body can react by crying, laughing or shivering. The mind can also become absorbed in the feelings rather than the massage. Your therapist will monitor how you are doing and adjust the session goals accordingly. For example, they may shorten the time, change the strokes, change the music or provide more draping.

• Bodily functions happen. Massages relaxes you, but can also improve your digestion. If you hear some grumbling noises, or experience flatulence, this is normal. It is easy to get embarrassed, but there's no need to be; it is common.

• Don't come in if you’re sick or have a contagious condition. Fevers, skin irritations, open wounds, or even stabilizing mediation can be reasons to cancel your appointment. Not only could someone else catch your sickness but massage can often worsen systems of viruses or colds.

• Drinking water before and after your appointment will help flush toxins and keep your body hydrated

• Avoid eating right before your massage. A lighter meal is preferred.

• Please turn your cell phone off so as you do not disturb the clinic

• Undress to the point where you feel comfortable, a professional will keep you covered with draping.

• Always wait until your therapist has left the room before undressing or redressing. Your private areas should never be exposed. Talking or inferring about anything intimate or personal with your therapist is not accepted and will result in your treatment being discontinued.

• A warm shower before a massage can help you to start the relaxation of your mind and muscles and allow you to be less tense during treatment.

• Avoid the use of artificial fragrances. As a courtesy to future clients who may have allergies or sensitivities we ask that clients do not spray any products in the clinic.

• Rehabilitation based treatments require the therapist to focus and stay in constant contact with you regarding pain levels and measuring relief. This talking keeps you from drifting off.

• Hit your boot camp before, not after your massage. Working out immediately after a massage is not a good idea as you are likely to stress and strain the muscles that were just relaxed. You can also run the risk of being too tired and injuring yourself. 

• If you are a smoker, try not to smoke before your appointment. When you smoke, you are taking in a number of harmful toxins that will then seep out of your skin during the massage.