If you've never experienced a massage before, the process can seem rather intimidating! In this F.A.Q. (frequently asked questions), I'll answer some of the most common questions I get from clients new to massage therapy.
Do I undress? How much do I undress?
If you're booking a Signature Massage, yes, I'll have you undress once I leave the room. How much you undress is up to your comfort level. If we're concentrating on the upper body, you can choose to keep pants on. If we're working more generalized (full body), you'll undress down to your underwear. For ladies, bra off is preferred. Whether you choose to keep underwear on or off is your choice. I do appropriate draping, only uncovering the body part being worked.
If you're choosing a CranioSacral session, please choose to wear comfortable, loose clothes. There's no need to undress for CranioSacral sessions. Clothing should allow for easy movement without feeling restrictive or binding.
Do I need to shower first?
Being clean is always appreciated! But, unless you're coming from a heavy workout and are sweaty, there's no need to shower immediately before your session.
Should I shave first?
There's no need to shave just for your massage appointment, ladies! If it makes you feel better, go ahead. I'm fine working either way.
What should I do to prepare?
Being well hydrated before and after your massage is essential. Massage affects the body's lymphatic system. Cupping and deep tissue massage work to release built-up metabolic waste in tight muscles and fascia. Being well hydrated will minimize muscle soreness after a session.
Is tipping expected?
Tipping is always up to the customer. It's always appreciated, but never expected! Some of my clients view massage in a more clinical manner, much like physical therapy or a doctor's office, and do not tip. Others view it similar to service providers like a spa or hair stylist and do tip.
Should I workout right after my massage?
If possible, it's best to wait 24 hours after your session before doing strenuous exercise. During your session, we give the central nervous system a lot of new input to process. Allowing 24 hours gives the brain time to integrate this new information, helping to change old patterns.
Do you work on kids?
I'm happy to work on kids 12 yrs and above. Massage has many benefits for kids - relieving muscle soreness, promoting relaxation and better sleep, helping to alleviate anxiety and lessen depression. It's also a good way for kids to receive healthy touch. By communicating with the therapist about pain levels, kids also learn to advocate for themselves.