Here are some commonly asked questions and answers. If you have a question that I have not addressed here feel free to ask away. You can go to the "Contact Me" page and send me a message.
I have a specific issue I would like addressed during the massage. Can you focus on this area?
Yes. Before we begin the massage we will discuss your expectations of your massage session. I can either focus on a specific area during a full body massage or spend the majority of time working on this particular area. Just let me know.
I feel self-conscious about a certain area of my body. Can you avoid this area?
Yes. Let me know during the intake interview if there is an area you do not want massaged. People feel self-conscious for a variety of reasons. This should never stop anyone from seeking health care.
How much clothing should I remove?
This is completely up to you. You can undress to your level of comfort. Most people leave their underwear on, some undress completely. I have also massaged people fully clothed. Keep in mind that the more clothing you do remove the better I will be able to perform the massage.
Your modesty and comfort are very important to me. During the massage you will be covered with a sheet and possibly a blanket. Through proper draping of the sheet, only the part of your body I am massaging will be exposed.
What if the pressure isn't deep enough?
Communicate openly with me. Every client and every therapist are different and have varying ideas of what deep pressure is. Keep in mind that massage therapy does not have to hurt you in order for it to benefit you. Some of the most effective types of massage therapy are gentle and do not involve pain or deep pressure. Although it may feel good in the moment, too much pressure can cause a muscle to seize up and can cause kick-back pain. A general rule is: on a scale of 1 -10 where 1 is no pain and 10 is extreme pain, the pressure should always be less than a 7.
Am I supposed to tip? And how much?
Tipping is never expected, but always appreciated.