Everything you need to know about your massage session.
When should I arrive?
Please try to arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. Clients are scheduled so that there is time at the beginning to fill out any necessary paperwork, discuss the focus of the massage, and go over any questions or concerns. This will leave plenty of time for your complete session to take place. If you arrive late, I will do my best to give you your complete session, keeping in mind there might be another client booked after you and I cannot go into their allotted time. Please call or text if you are running late! And for those of you who are always running early (like me) please try to arrive not more than 5 minutes before your appointment time, as I might not be able to let you in. You needn’t worry about missing any of your table time.
Do I need to remove all of my clothing?
This is probably the most frequently asked question. While it is true that it is easier for the massage therapist if all of the client’s clothing is removed for the massage, it is far more important that you, the client, be comfortable while you are receiving your massage. Underwear may be kept on or removed, and it truly doesn’t matter which you choose. Aside from underwear, I do ask my clients to remove all other clothing, as the more clothing that is left on the body, the more difficult it becomes to give an adequate massage. However, if you feel that you must keep other articles of clothing on, that is okay. Remember, the MOST important thing is that you are relaxed and comfortable.
Will I be covered the whole time?
Yes, absolutely! Your whole body, except for the part currently being worked, will remain covered with draping for the entire massage.
Can I receive my massage without draping?
No, absolutely not. In accordance with Louisiana Massage Law and Well Body Studio rules, the client’s body will remain covered for the entire massage, no exceptions.
Should I remove my jewelry?
In general, it is best to remove all neck and wrist jewelry (including watches) and any over-sized rings and earrings. Smaller rings and earrings may be kept on.
What if the pressure during my massage is too hard or too light?
Tell me! The goal is to give you the best massage possible, so I absolutely want to know if you are unsatisfied with pressure either way. You won’t hurt my feelings, I promise. By communicating, we can work together to find the perfect pressure for you.
I am ticklish. Can I get a massage?
Yes you can! This can be tricky, I know. I’m ticklish too. Because I have a firsthand understanding of this unique sensitivity, I have developed an approach to calm the nerve endings in a ticklish area of the body and relax the muscle tissue. This is not a 100% guarantee that you will feel no ticklish sensations, but hopefully we can decrease them enough (or eliminate them entirely) so that you can relax during your massage. If you have areas of your body that are not responsive to this calming approach, you can still receive massage. Usually flat compression done over the draping is successful and if necessary, we can skip a particularly stubborn area.
Can I/ Should I/ Must I talk to the massage therapist during my massage?
This is a personal choice. In general, I tend not to engage my clients in conversation during a massage session for several reasons. Some clients need a break from conversation and want some time to fully concentrate on their massage session or allow their mind to wander into a more relaxed state (or perhaps even sleep.) It also allows the muscle tissue that I am working on to release with ease when the client is not using those muscles for the breath and expression that come with talking. And finally, it allows me to fully concentrate on the work that I am doing. However, talking is by no means forbidden. Some clients like to ask questions about their massage session, particular physical issues, or health in general while the massage is in progress. And some clients find that conversation actually helps them to relax. The choice is really yours and I will try my best to respect your wishes.
What kind of oil do you use?
Bon Vital Coconut Oil, ingredients: 100% Pure & Natural Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil.) Bon Vital Naturale Massage Gel is available upon request. All options are unscented.
I had a massage and now I am sore! Is this normal? What should I do?
Occasionally there is soreness after a massage. This will depend on the individual sensitivity of the client, the sensitivity of the area of focus (trigger points are especially prone to soreness) and the intensity of the pressure. If you experience soreness after your massage, an ice pack should be applied for 10 to 15 minutes several times per day. The soreness should dissipate after a day or two. For further reading, click the link: http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/630/Why-Am-I-Sore
Will one massage be enough?
This will depend on the reasons for your visit. If you are getting massage to relieve everyday stress or for a special occasion, then yes, one massage might be just what you need. If your intent is to address a particular physical issue, a series of massages might work best. Many of my clients book “maintenance” massages at regular time intervals to keep their body and mind functioning at a higher level. As a general rule of thumb, get as many massages as you can! It’s good for you!