What to Expect

When you arrive for your first appointment, you will be asked to fill out a confidential health history form. It is important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. I will sit down with you to ask you some questions to help me determine what your physical issues are, and to establish your goals for treatment. You can request a treatment specific to a problem area, or a more holistic approach.

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I will then leave the room to wash my hands and to give you a chance to undress, cover yourself with the sheets, and relax onto the table. Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. During the treatment, only the area I am treating will be uncovered. Modesty will be maintained at all times.

Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table designed for your comfort, and I will happily adjust the room or table if needed to keep you comfortable.

Your session will start with a general approach to help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A light, unscented lotion is usually used to help hydrate your skin and allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that my approach can be adjusted. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.

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During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask me questions about massage and physiology in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

After your massage, you will probably feel very relaxed. Most people feel freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, you will probably experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, I recommended you drink plenty of water afterward.