“I was transported into a different universe! Amazing!”
Stephanie, Bay View
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. The benefit of being undressed is massage sessions flow more smoothly without having to work around clothing or having clothing touched with oils. However, if you are more comfortable wearing some clothing, feel free to wear whatever you like. I will always 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 may 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.
There are three types of “Contra-Indications”:
When you have any of these TOTAL Contra-Indications, please do not book a massage:
These LOCAL Contra-Indications will allow me to do a massage but not over the areas affected by:
If you suffer from any of the following MEDICAL Contra-Indications, massage can only be performed after it has been approved in writing by your physician:
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.
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.
The short answer is No, because I could risk hurting you and myself.
The long answer is no, because very hard pressure does not always benefit your body. Some therapists have been taught that harder pressure is better, but this is not how I was trained and I have seen over the years from experience the damage it can do. It may put you at risk for muscle spasms. Here is an excellent article on the difference between deep tissue and deep pressure.
Each person is also different in their ability to take different types of pressure. One may say “I can take as much as you can give!” But end up not being able to take much. In the end it is safer and more productive to apply safe deep tissue techniques.