Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I get a massage?
Massage is one of the healthiest and easiest ways to manage pain, tension, and stress. Practicing self-care can help people cope better with difficulties in daily living and has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety.
What's the difference between 60 and 90 minute sessions?
For the average person, a thorough full-body massage takes about 90 minutes. 60 minutes is suitable for general relaxation or focused work on a few specific areas (like back/ neck/shoulders). Athletes often require 2 hours.
What does "full-body" mean?
Full-body refers to the head neck, back, low back, hips, legs, feet, hands, arms, and shoulders. Whether some or all of these areas are included depends on individual preference and how much time is available. We do not work on or near the stomach, breasts, or genitals.
What type of lotion/oil is used?
Biotone Massage Creme with arnica and ivy extracts, which is a non-irritating professional therapy product. Click here for list of ingredients.
What measures are taken to avoid hygiene issues?
Exposed surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized using an environmentally friendly cleaner.
New linens are used for each session.
Should I tip?
Tipping is appreciated but not mandatory. The best way to show your appreciation is with positive reviews, referrals and repeat business!
When do I undress?
After the table is set up, the therapist will step out of the room so that you may disrobe in privacy and lie on the table under the sheet.
Am I supposed to remove all clothing?
Undress to your comfort level . Some people wear shorts or undergarments, others do not. During the massage, you are covered by a sheet or towel. Only the area being massaged will be uncovered. Private areas always remain covered and will NOT be massaged.
For those who prefer to remain fully clothed, a chair, reflexology, or thai massage may be an ideal alternative.
I might fall asleep!
It is very common and nothing to be self-conscious about. In fact, it is a good sign that your mind is at ease and you are fully relaxed.
Will it be awkward if we don't chat during the massage?
Not at all. You are welcome to give feedback, ask questions or make conversation but feel free to close your eyes, breathe deeply, and relax
The pressure isn't right, but I don't want to seem rude or picky. What should I do?
Communicate. Whether you prefer firm or gentle pressure, a massage should ultimately feel good.
When deep layers of muscle or extremely tight areas are worked you may be asked for feedback to ensure that the pressure is not uncomfortable.A good rule of thumb: on a scale of 1-10 where 1=no pain and 10=extremely painful, the pressure should never be more than 7.
It is not necessary for massage therapy to hurt to be effective. In fact, remaining tense and holding your breath due to excessive pressure can cause muscles to seize up.
Some of the most effective types of massage therapy do not involve deep pressure or pain.
Always be sure to speak up if:
The room is too hot or too cold
You experience pain
You have any questions related to the massage
You need to use the restroom
There's something you forgot to mention in the consultation
Are there circumstances where a massage would not be a good idea?
Consult your primary healthcare professional before receiving a massage if you have been treated for a recent injury or illness, are pregnant, or are currently involved in physical therapy of any kind.
Please note that it is not possible for a massage therapist to cover all possible prohibitive conditions with each client. If you are aware of any conditions that might contraindicate a massage, please provide this information before the session is conducted.
What hours are available?
Appointments between 10:00am - 8:00pm can be scheduled online. Please call or email to arrange an appointment outside this timeframe.