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What to expect for your first visit:
Must I be completely undressed?
Massage is traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped with sheets and/or blankets during the session. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
Will the therapist be present when I disrobe?
The therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and/or blanket. Gluteal muscles will always be worked through the sheet and /or blanket.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, gluteal muscles, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will never be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
Will lotions or oils be used?
Lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lotion used should hydrate the skin, be readily absorbed and are hypoallergenic. If you have a favorite lotion feel free to bring it with you.
What will the massage feel like?
It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate with your practitioner immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.
How long will the session last?
We offer various session lengths to easily fit into all schedules and budgets. The average full-body massage lasts approximately one hour. Shorter sessions allow time for more focused work, for instance the neck and shoulders, back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer a ninety-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. Hot tubs, steam baths, and saunas can assist in the relaxation process.
What should I do during the massage session?
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.