Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to cancel my appointment?


Cancellation A 24-hour notice is required for cancellation of an appointment, or you will be charged in full for the appointment. Payment is due before your next appointment. Tardiness Appointment times are as scheduled and cannot extend beyond the stated time to accommodate late arrivals. Please be on time to your appointment. Sickness Massage/bodywork is not appropriate care for infectious or contagious illness. Please cancel your appointment as soon as you are aware of an infectious or contagious condition. If it is within the 24-hour notice period, the cancellation fee may be waived.




Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?


Yes. That's why it's imperative that before you begin your session, you thoroughly fill out the health intake form and inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session.




How will I feel after receiving massage or bodywork?


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




What will the massage or bodywork feel like?


It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate with your practitioner immediately if you feel discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.




Must I be completely undressed?


Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.




Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?


No.The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yorself with the sheet and blanket provided. The practitioner will knock on the door before re-entering the room.




What parts of my body will be massaged?


You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).




Where will my massage take place?


Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.




Do you offer couples massage?


A couple's massage is offered in a private room on side-by-side massage tables with two therapists who work on each individual at the same time. This must be discussed and arranged before making your appointment. Please call for more details.




What products are used?


A light oil or cream may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. Only high quality, all natural and organic products are used. The lubricants should hydrate your skin and be readily absorbed. Occassionally a medicated muscle rub or topical analgesic will be used to enhance pain-relieving effects. Please tell the massage therapist if you have any sensitivity to oils, lotions, or scents.





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