What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

You will be asked to fill out a health history form. Afterwards, your therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish your goals for your massage. It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

Undress to the level of your comfort. Always talk to your therapist if you have a question. If a woman wishes to leave her bra on, she will be asked to unhook it when the therapist is working on her back.

What do I do during the massage?

I always tell my clients to relax, and to try to keep the muscles as soft (non-active) as possible. Try not to assist your therapist by moving your limbs, as the movement will stiffen the muscle and your therapist will not be able to properly assess joint range of motion.

Is it Okay to talk during my session?

It’s totally up to you! Some people unwind by talking while others prefer quiet. Most often people will start out chatting a bit and then quiet down as we get into the flow. During the massage I will check in with you from time to time to determine the pressure and make sure you are still enjoying your experience.

Will it hurt??

It depends on the type of massage and sensitivity level of your therapist. There is a difference between “good” pain and “OUCH! stop it” pain. I encourage open communication, don’t hesitate to tell your therapist to use less pressure if that is desired.

When do I NOT get a massage?

DO NOT book a massage when you have a fever or have any contagious condition.

These conditions are permanent contraindicated for massage: Embolism & Thrombosis, Uncontrolled hypertension, Pericarditis, Phlebitis, Severe Osteoporosis, and Tuberculosis.

What if I get an erection during my massage?

Sometimes it happens. There is no reason to be embarrassed. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial erection. An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue for her. If you are still concerned, I recommend wearing more fitted underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers.

Note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, she may stop the session to clarify the client’s intent. The session will be ended immediately for any sexual conduct. Full payment for service booked will be charged, the client will be asked to leave, and will be blocked from booking future appointments.