Frequently Asked Questions
Is there anything I should do special before or after the massage?
It is best not to come to your appointment with a full stomach. If you need to eat prior to your massage, make it a light, healthy snack. After your massage, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking about 4-6 glasses of water during the rest of your day. You may want to go for a walk just to help the blood circulate through your muscles.
What should I expect when I arrive for my appointment?
Please arrive about 10 minutes early for your first appointment, as you will need to complete a confidential health history questionnaire (which you can download now and prepare in advance). I will go over your questionnaire with you, which will help me determine your treatment needs and goals.
Will I need to undress for my massage?
Yes, you may need to undress for your massage, however, I invite you undress to your comfort level. I will give you privacy to do so. You will, however, be covered with a sheet during your massage session, and I will need to expose only the area to be massaged. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the session, I invite you to express this to me.
Do you use oil or lotion?
I use unscented olive oil and lotion. Any allergies you may have to oils or lotions should be written on your health history questionnaire.
What should I do during the massage session?
Make yourself comfortable. Some people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. If I need to adjust your position, I will ask you first. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How often should I get a massage?
Frequency is entirely your personal preference. Once a week to once a month is not uncommon. If you have chronic pain you may find that a massage once a week for a few weeks will improve your condition and quality of life. If you are an athlete in training, then you may want to receive massage on a rest day or during a rest week, 3-4 days prior to an event or post-event.
What will I feel like after my massage?
Most people feel relaxed after their massage, and, some people feel energetic. You may feel free from any aches and pains that you had prior to your massage. Because toxins are stirred up when receiving bodywork, I suggested that you drink plenty of water after your massage and take a short walk.
Do you have a question that isn’t in my FAQ list? I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.