Arriving on Time = Full Session
One of the first things to consider when scheduling a massage is what time to arrive. If it is your first massage at this location, it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out any necessary paperwork. This includes, at a minimum, a health history form. Occasionally there are medical conditions and/or medications that can cause more harm than good, and your therapist wants to be sure to keep you safe, at all times.
Do your best to be on time, but if you do run a few minutes late, understand that your session will still end at its scheduled time regardless of when you arrived.
When it comes to cancellations, please remember to give as much notice as possible. Your therapist has scheduled that time slot for you, and has most likely turned away other clients that could have benefited from that time. Check with our front desk about our cancellation policy when you schedule your appointment.
Speak Up About Questions and Concerns
Communicating with your therapist is the best way to make your massage more enjoyable and beneficial. If you are feeling too warm or too cold, if the bolster is not in just the right place under your knees, if the music is irritating you, or if anything else is bothering you, let your therapist know right away so you can get back to the business of enjoying your massage. You are not being rude and your therapist will not be upset, or get their feelings hurt if you speak up about anything that is distracting you or making you feel uncomfortable. Communication is the key to having your needs met.
If your therapist says something that you do not understand, please ask for clarification. We truly do want you to understand what we are talking about.
Enhance the Benefits
One of the best benefits of massage is being able to tune out the rest of the world for just a bit, and focus on you. Being able to unwind before your massage will increase your ability to relax during your session.
For so many of us, our cell phones are a bit of a double-edged sword. They help to make our lives more convenient, yet there are times when they can be a source of constant interruption. Allow yourself to have this undisturbed time by turning off your phone before your session begins.
If your massage appointment is scheduled for the end of your day, consider bring comfortable clothes to put on after your massage, instead of putting your work clothes back on.
Get Regular Massage
Many clients ask, “How often should I get massage?” Naturally, the answer depends on each client’s situation. However, if you are not seeking massage for a specific issue, such as chronic headaches, knee pain, etc., the recommendation is one massage per month, minimum. This will decrease stress hormones and increase production of the “feel good” hormones. Which in turn decreases stress.
However, if you want to feel better more often, try getting a massage every two weeks for a while. Let me know the changes you notice.
Things NOT to Worry About
Your massage therapist does not care if you did not shave your legs before your massage. Honest.
We do not care if it’s been six months since your last pedicure. Or if you’ve never even had a pedicure.
Sometimes your tummy will make noises, or you might pass gas when you are on the massage table. This is a normal response when the body relaxes. When you relax, your massage therapist is happy.
It is ok to get your massage right after work. Sometimes there is not time to go home and shower first.
For men, rarely a massage will cause an erection. This is a normal, physiologic response, and nothing to be embarrassed about. Your therapist will respond accordingly, by redirecting your attention, possibly changing pressure, or even moving to a different area of the body.
Again, communication is key. If you have any questions or concerns, just ask.