I apologize for the inconvenience. Due to the risks involved providing massages and hands-on energy work in my business during this precautionary time with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and having immune compromised and older clients, I am temporarily shutting down all in-person appointments until further notice. I will reassess once there is more information. Please feel free to book an online service or reschedule an appointment for times that are available in the future on the Scheduling page. Though this was a difficult decision, I thank you all for your understanding.

“I was transported into a different universe! Amazing!”

Stephanie, Bay View

Common Questions About Massage

Clicking on each question will reveal the answer.

1. What Should I Wear?

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.

2. Does Massage Hurt?

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.

3. What Should I Do During My Massage To Make The Best Of The Experience?

  • Breathe deep and slow. Do not hold your breath. Allow full breaths down to your stomach and all the way out.
  • If you fall asleep, do not worry. Sleep and snoring is very common!
  • Consciously go through every body part from head to toe and relax it. Sink all your weight into the table. Your body should be limp with me left to lift the weight. (Do not assist, but do not allow muscles to resist either.)
  • Allow yourself to release emotions. Do not feel embarrassed to laugh or cry. Your session is always confidential.
  • If you wish to talk about the emotions you are feeling, do so knowing that conversations remain completely confidential. But remember I am not a trained psychologist or counselor, though I am happy to give you referrals.
  • Always give feedback, letting me know if the pressure is too little or too much. Let me know if you are too hot or cold as well.
  • Be sure to let me know if something I am doing is working especially well for you or conversely if something is making you uncomfortable.

4. What If I Am Uncomfortable During My Massage?

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.

5. What Should I Do After My Massage?

  • Once the session has ended, I will allow you to slowly bring yourself back from the relaxed state you are in, and dress. It might even be necessary to wake you by letting you know the session has ended.
  • Give feedback so that some alterations can be made to your next treatment for an even more relaxing experience.
  • If possible, try to schedule some relaxation time after your massage. It is also beneficial to drink at least two 8 ounce glasses of water and refrain from drinking alcohol in the hour following your massage.

6. What Conditions (Contra-Indications) Would Prevent a Massage From Being Done?

There are three types of “Contra-Indications”:

  1. TOTAL: When massage should not be performed at all
  2. LOCAL: when massage can be performed but not over the affected areas
  3. MEDICAL: When massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted

When you have any of these TOTAL Contra-Indications, please do not book a massage:

  • Fever
  • Neuritis
  • Skin diseases
  • Contagious or infectious diseases, including any cold or flu no matter how mild it may seem
  • Under the influence of drug or alcohol—including prescription pain medication

These LOCAL Contra-Indications will allow me to do a massage but not over the areas affected by:

  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Bruising
  • Cuts or abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain

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:

  • Cardio-vascular ailments (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
  • Oedema
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Neurosis or psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, angina (wearers of pacemakers)
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Bell’s Palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
  • Gynecological infections
  • Recent operations or acute injuries
  • At-Risk Pregnancy or before 12 weeks gestation

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.

7. What If I Need To Cancel?

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.

8. I need REALLY hard pressure, will you do that?

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.