Frequently Asked Questions
What is the first appointment like?
When you arrive for your appointment, I will begin by asking you
general health questions since there are some conditions for which massage
is not appropriate. After familiarizing myself with your health history,
we will discuss what therapy would be best to achieve the results you
Depending on the primary massage technique I use, you may or may not
need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely.
Most importantly, you must feel safe and comfortable, so undress to your
personal comfort level. I will leave you in privacy to undress. You will
relax on a padded table designed for stability and comfort and be normally
covered except for the area being worked on. When you are ready, I will
return and position cushions under your knees, ankles, or neck and place
you in a more natural position. The room will be warm and quiet, with soft
music to set a relaxing mood.
During the massage, I will use a lubricant or scented oil, which is
good for your skin and absorbs well. For some kinds of bodywork, no lotion
A massage or bodywork session usually begins with relatively gentle
pressure to calm your nervous system and begin relaxing superficial
tension. Gradually, I will work more deeply to address specific areas.
During the massage I may move your arm or leg to facilitate the massage.
You should try to relax, let go, and allow me to do all the work. Only the
part that is being worked on is uncovered, and your modesty is always
maintained. Always let me know if anything is uncomfortable or irritating.
When the massage is over, I will leave the room so you may get
What do I wear for my massage session?
You can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. The most important
thing is that you feel completely comfortable and relaxed.
During the massage, a clean sheet will cover you. I only uncover the
area that is being worked on. Some clients prefer to keep their underpants
on or will wear a swimsuit or shorts. All private parts are always
covered, and never touched. I will always maintain and respect the
What should I do during a massage?
Make yourself comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and relax
completely during the session; others prefer to talk. It's your massage,
and whatever feels natural for you is the best way to relax. Do not
hesitate to ask questions at any time. If I need to adjust your position,
I will either move you (for instance lift your arm) or I will tell you
what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself
What if I fall asleep?
It is not uncommon for many clients to fall asleep on the table during
a massage. The warmth and release of tension relaxes them right to sleep -
especially after a long day at work.
How long is a session?
An hour is a common length of time. This gives time for a deeply
relaxing full body massage, or more in-depth work on a particular area. A
half-hour can be an excellent introduction to bodywork, with plenty of
time for a specific area such as back, neck, and shoulders. An hour and a
half is usually enough time to address the whole body.
I look forward to hearing from you.
How much does it cost?
Prices vary and are based on the type and length of a massage received.
Please see my pricing page for a list of current
charges for therapeutic massage and bodywork services.
What should I expect afterward?
When the massage is over, I will leave the room so that you can get
dressed in privacy. Massage and bodywork can be extremely relaxing,
affecting all your body's systems so be sure to give yourself a several
minutes to re-orient yourself before slowly getting up.
After a session, most people feel extremely relaxed. Many experience
freedom from aches and pains that have built up over weeks and months of
tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed
down, clients often experience an increase in energy that can last for