All massage sessions may include modalities such as: Deep Tissue, Lymphatic, Swedish Relaxation, Assisted Stretch, Sports Massage, Trigger Point & PNF. We can discuss specifics in person per session.
Assisted Stretch sessions are scheduled only as 60 minutes and can be scheduled in tandem with massage.
Appointment times given are for the full length of the appointment; for first-time clients, time on the table is usually 15 minutes less than appointment time; for other clients, about 5-10. This allows both myself and the client to enter the session fully informed and comfortable, having answered questions, addressed concerns, and co-created a session plan.
Be sure to print, fill out, and bring with you the available intake form if you can, to accelerate this process.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Most massage 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 during the session, only the area being worked on will be exposed, and the practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet. You will be touched nowhere you have not explicitly consented to, and there is nothing remotely sexual about this service.
Your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help to 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. Communicate with me immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
If you are interested in accessing many of the benefits of massage, such as increased circulation, range of motion, and flexibility, but through a more interactive, instructional, energizing, or even just less intimate medium than massage, this might be a good option for you.
For the duration of these sessions, clients are lying fully clothed atop a sheeted massage table. We will have discussed the extent of active participation you would like to have during the session - you may choose to focus on passive stretching that asks you only to sink in and relax, or you may wish to learn and practice techniques such as active resistance for further depth and at-home-skills. We will begin movement starting in your neck, and progressing down to your feet, a strategy designed to ease your mind so your body will follow. Each stretch is held and adjusted to your body for maximum benefit and comfort.
Communication is key. Though I will be checking in with you regularly, please never hesitate to update me on your experience, so we can prioritize your body. It is never interrupting or demanding to ask that I serve your needs.
There is absolutely no sexual component to my services whatsoever. Any gesture or request otherwise will result in immediate termination of your session and a refusal of any and all services in the future. You will be charged the full service fee regardless of the length of your session. I have been clear about my intentions and scope of practice, please respect them.
HOW TO PREPARE
If you have scheduled or are interested in assisted stretching during your appointment, please dress in loose, comfortable clothing you can move easily in.
If, for hands-on massage, you would feel more comfortable keeping certain layers on underneath the sheet, perhaps keep this in mind when choosing undergarments. Prioritize your comfort!
To maximize the benefits of your session, drink plenty of water prior to help your muscles' pliability, and refrain from stimulants like coffee to further ease your body and mind's abilities to be receptive.
If you can, for your first session please print and complete the intake form. I will, however, have copies for you if you cannot. I also highly suggest you visit my Forms & Consent page for more resources on what to expect and how to prepare, especially if you are newer to bodywork.
Last, please consult this list of contraindications before receiving massage to be sure massage is safe for you and the practitioner. I also ask that you be able to provide proof of doctors' approval for any appointment scheduled while experiencing any of the following:
recent surgery, stroke, aneurysm, or heart attack; pregnancy; arteriosclerosis; autoimmune disease (lupus, RA, dcleroderma, AS); spastic conditions (cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, MS, spinal conditions); parkinson's; cardiovascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, angina, a pacemaker, HBP); edema; psoriasis or eczema; stents; embolism or thrombus; hemangioma; kidney, liver, or respiratory issues; cancer; bell's palsy; diabetes; secondary raynaud's; emphysema; osteoporosis; or any of these headaches.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions on this.