What to know about your massage appointment:
Massage Clinic Guidelines
Time - To ensure that you will receive the entire length of your scheduled session and do not delay the service of other clients, we ask that you are prompt for your appointments. For your first appointment please arrive a little early to fill out a health history form. During an hour massage, you will be allowed 5 minutes for get on and off the table and 50 minutes of actual bodywork time. If you are late for your appointment, your massage will still end at the scheduled time.
Health Form - Is a basic health history form. The more information you can provide, will help guide your therapist as to where and why your stress is there.
Focus - You may choose to focus on painful, stressed areas to reduce the inflammation and re-educate the muscles memory. Otherwise choose to relax and unwind from the day, or else enjoy the opportunity to do a little of both. If there is any area(s) you wish to avoid, let the therapist know before the session starts.
Breathing - Is the number one thing a client can do besides relaxing during a massage. When you take slow deep breathes it pumps fresh oxygenated blood into your tight muscles, helping to break-up adhesions quicker.
Clothing - Dress down to your comfort level, as nothing is ever exposed during the massage. The therapist will only uncover the area, which they are focusing on. A large amount of massage modalities are done completely undressed, with the client under the top sheet. If you feel more comfortable you may leave your under garments on. Please remove your watch and all jewelry as well as turning off your cell phone.
Knots & Adhesions - Are the consequence of excessive or repetitive use without sufficient recovery or from injury. In any case the outcome is overworked, tight, short muscles. Metabolic waste and stale blood pooling together in the muscles interrupts blood flow, which causes the nerves to become inflamed, and in turn causing pain.
Stretching - Is a great thing to do, if your therapist wasn't able to include it into your massage. Stretching helps to lengthen your muscles, allowing them to be in a better state of health in addition to working more efficiently.
Frequency - How often you receive a massage it up to you. If you are experiencing chronic ongoing pain, you might want to receive once a week. If you're looking to be de-stressed, one every other week to once a month may do. We ALWAYS recommend to meet with one of our DOCTORS for an assesment and evalution of your condition so your massage can be tailored towards your needs.
Pressure - Let your therapist know what kind of pressure you prefer. If it is your first massage let the therapist know and they will work with you to find the pressure that is right for you. Most therapists can regulate their pressure to meet your needs.
Soreness - May be an end result if your therapist used a lot of pressure as in Deep Tissue or Trigger Point. The slight soreness is the after effects of working on the tight musculature trying to help release its tension. Most soreness only last a day or two, depending on the state of the client and the pressure used. You may use ice or heat if the area is still very sore.
Sickness - It is better to receive a massage after your sickness is over. If you think you might be getting sick, a massage might jump-start the cold by releasing it into your system faster. On the other hand if you are getting over a cold, massage may help flush out the remaining bugs.
Nutrition - Please eat at least one hour before your massage. It is also important to drink plenty of water before and after your massage, as your body will get rid of toxins via the Lymph and Urinary systems. Try to refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages before and after as well.
Cancellation Policy - Please honor both our time and yours and note that no shows and appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will incur a $40 charge. All booking will require a credit card number to reserve an appointment.