FIRST TIME MASSAGE: WHAT TO EXPECT
First time clients, consider downloading our Client Intake form to complete at your leisure. Otherwise, no problem, just be sure to arrive to your session about 15 minutes early to give you time to complete this form.
At the start of your first session, your therapist will review and discuss the information provided provided on your Client Intake form. During this initial assessment, you will want to be sure to let your therapist know if you have had any surgeries, illnesses or conditions that might affect the type of massage, or where the therapist can massage.
Let your therapist know if massage of the feet, hands, scalp, glutes or any specific area will be a concern. Techniques can be modified or skipped altogether.
Often, hot towels and table warmers are employed during the session. Pleas let your therapist know if you have sensitivity or aversion to heat/hot towels.
Once you and your therapist have agreed upon the goals of the session, your therapist will step out of the room. At that time, you will disrobe to your comfort level. Unless your therapist specifies otherwise, it is always acceptable to disrobe completely. You will never be immodestly exposed or uncovered. Women, we recommend you always remove your bra so that your therapist may access your back tissue completely. Both men and women, should you choose to leave your underwear on; please understand that the therapist may only be able to perform limited massage on areas covered by clothing.
Once you have disrobed to your comfort level, climb onto the table and just relax. Your therapist will knock on the door, barely open and ask if you are ready.
At the time your therapist enters the room, and lays their hands upon you; that is when your session will begin. Your therapist is now your partner in a healing relationship. In this partnership, it is important that both client and therapist feel comfortable at all times. If at any time, you are not comfortable it is VERY IMPORTANT to ask the therapist to STOP immediately. Also, feedback to the therapist about your comfort level, i.e.: pressure of strokes, lighting, music, warmth, area being massaged, etc., is important. If you prefer, you may have a friend or relative accompany you during your session.
BREASTS AND GENITAL TISSUE ARE NEVER MASSAGED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
However, work may be done close to these areas only if permission has been given – and the bodywork merits such proximity to these areas. Otherwise a professional distance will be maintained.
SEXUAL INTERACTION OR DISCUSSION OF ANY KIND BETWEEN THE CLIENT AND MASSAGE THERAPIST IS NOT TOLERATED.
Once your session has come to an end, your therapist will step out of the room. At that time we invite you to simply relax and breathe for a moment. Please think about the bodywork you just received. How are you feeling? Did you receive the bodywork you wanted? Are you feeling any pain or discomfort anywhere?
Once you have taken a moment to consider the session you just had, you will redress in privacy, and then join your therapist in the lobby and let them know how they did for you.
Fees are due at time of service.
Please give at least 24 hours notice of appointment cancellation.
For Couples Massages, first time clients will be required to provide a Credit Card. Couples massages that are cancelled, or no show within 4 hours of their scheduled appointment will be assessed a $50.00 Therapist Availability fee. It is one thing to have a single therapist be ready for a session that doesn’t happen – but it is simply too expensive for 2 therapists to not have a paid session occur.
If a client does not show for an appointment (no call, text, etc), they will be required to pre-pay their next session. There will not be a cancellation fee assessed for non Couples Massages, in the event the client misses their appointment. Instead the client is simply required to pre-pay their next session.
Every attempt is made to provide a modest and safe environment for the client as well as the therapist. Clients may partially undress, undress to underwear, or completely undress, how ever they feel the most comfortable. Clients will be modestly draped and covered at all times. Only the area being massaged will be undraped.
Clients should be freshly bathed prior to the massage appointment.
There may be times when general discussions take place during the massage session. However, for the therapist, it is their focus and intent to give to you all of their energy to enhance your experience. Therefore, concentration, focus, and centering is required on their part. If you are interested in having them explain the techniques used, please let them know and they will be happy to do so.
CONTRAINDICATIONS TO MASSAGE
Please inform the therapist if you currently have any of the following: bruised areas, open wounds, break in skin, or recent burn.
Should the Massage Therapist or the client contract a contagious disease that could be spread during the massage session (cold, flu, other droplet or airborne infections), each will inform the other. The decision to reschedule will be handled in a case by case fashion.
Tenderness in areas where direct pressure methods are used is a possible reaction for up to 48 hours after the session. If you are sore for longer than two days, the next massage needs to be adjusted to be gentler. Please let the therapist know if this occurs.
Persons with uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, recent surgery or fractures, phlebitis, fever should consult their physicians before receiving a massage, and will need a written consent from the physician before the massage can take place. Inform the Therapist of any restrictions that may apply.
Everything communicated is held completely confidential. All personal client information is confidential. Client’s records are available for their review upon request. However, the massage therapist may be required to release a client’s records to the client’s doctor with your permission or under a court order. Anyone under the age of 18 will not be seen without a parent or guardian present in the therapy room.
It is the clients’ responsibility to keep the massage therapist informed of any current medical treatment, and to provide requested or required written permission from physician, chiropractor, physical therapist or other health care provider to the massage therapist so that massage may be continued. The client must also keep the Massage Therapist informed of any changes in his/her condition. Massage therapists do not diagnose or prescribe for a particular body function, but may recommend self-help exercises which the client may choose to do to prolong the effect of massage and maintain a healthy lifestyle.