When you arrive for your appointment, you may relax in the waiting area until I come to welcome you. Tea and water are always at hand.
Much like visiting a doctor or dentist, I’ll need you to record any medical history, past/present injuries and other physical conditions I should be aware of in order to better serve you. This is done by simply filling out the Client Intake Forms which I will be happy to review with you if there should be any questions.
We will then go to the treatment room where a comfortable massage table dressed with a warm blanket and crisp, clean sheets awaits. Before we start the session, I will review major focus(es) you have and explain the treatment. Last, I will offer 3 different essential oil blends depending on what you have going on. After I leave the room, you can disrobe to your level of comfort and lie on the massage table under the sheet and blanket. If you will be receiving a reiki treatment, you will only remove your shoes, but leave your clothes on. During your massage session you will always be draped with the top sheet and an additional blanket is available for your comfort as well. I will only undrape the part of the body being worked on, ensuring your modesty is respected at all times.
Your choice of music or sound healing will be playing unless you request nothing at all. The room will also be quiet, with little outside distractions.
When you are ready, you may ring the chime on the fireplace and take your time getting onto the table and under the sheets. When I hear the chime I will give you ample time to get comfortable on the massage table, so please don't rush. I will knock on the door and ask if you are ready to proceed before re-entering the room. Before beginning your session, I will remind you to let me know, at any time, if a technique or stroke being used is too deep or not enough pressure. Also, I will check in on the temperature of the table and your comfort.
I will then perform the service we discussed in your consultation. Massage services will include hot towels, aromatherapy, and eye pillows. Reiki sessions will include aromatherapy and may include guided meditation and crystal placements.
After your session is completed, I will again leave the room so that you can rise slowly to come back to the present and get dressed.. Before you leave, we can discuss how you are feeling and I will be happy to answer any other questions you may have. We will walk back to the front to reschedule your next appointment and talk about any home wellness products you may be interested in. You may also relax in the waiting area again before your journey home.
After every session it is important to re-hydrate yourself with a couple glasses of water.
Standard massage therapy sessions last one hour—with fifty minutes devoted to hands-on time (or 80 minutes for a 90 minute service). Five minutes preceding and five minutes following are reserved for the pre-interview and dressing processes.
Because it is non-invasive, relaxing and natural, massage is considered safe treatment for most people. The restrictions previously stated are in place to protect your health and well-being. I hope you understand and consider them as seriously as I do.
Whatever makes you feel most comfortable. Massage is traditionally done on undressed clients and I am trained in draping techniques using towels and sheets to cover all areas for modesty. However, if you are more comfortable wearing some clothing, feel free to wear whatever you like. I will work within your comfort level.
Massage treatment should never hurt, but you should realize there’s a difference between discomfort and pain. Some tolerable discomfort may occur depending on the type of therapy you and your therapist have arranged. Keep in mind that discomfort will not necessarily make you resist the pressure, and that’s a good thing!
You should always alert me if I have passed your threshold for pain though, because pain will cause you to tighten up and resist the pressure which I apply and is so beneficial. This will not lead to the results you desire.
Don’t hesitate to say something. Everything is adjustable. I will never be offended if you make a request to turn the heat up or down, add a blanket, or adjust the table, pressure or even the music during your session.
To avoid being charged for the full amount of your session, please let us know 24 hours in advance if you will be unable to make your scheduled appointment, and so that we might reschedule it as quickly and conveniently as possible for you.
A series of regular massages or reiki can be helpful for stress or chronic pain. There can be a cumulative effect of building and maintaining better overall health—ultimately helping you to feel better and enjoy life more fully.