Do I have to get totally undressed?
It is recommended that you undress, you may keep your undergarment on if uncomfortable but a sheet and proper body draping would be used at all times.
How often should I get a massage?
It really depends on your health, and your needs . If cost is an issue, speak to your therapist they may be able to offer discount packages if you buy more than one.
How do I know I am going to a reputable massage therapist?
A reputable massage therapist should not hesitate to answer any question you may have regarding your massage treatment. They should be willing to admit when they do not have an answer and eager to get one for you.
What should you tell your massage therapist?
Keep your therapist informed. Tell them the type of pressure you want every session may be different. Tell them immediately of any health conditions that may arise, they may be a contraindication to massage. The relationship between you and your therapist is should be one of respect and confidentiality.
What should I do after a massage?
Your therapist will give you specific instructions, but in general drink a lot of water! Some recommend taking a bath in Epsom salt or other mineral baths to further enhance the relaxation process. You may experience what is known as a "healing crisis". In your body's effort to restore balance, it will go through an elimination process. The toxins that are released during a massage will enter your blood stream which may cause a bit of a headache, nausea or a sore muscle feeling from the release of all the lactic acids. That is why it is imperative that lots of water be consumed and rest is recommended after a massage.
How much do you tip a therapist?
Tips are never expected but very much appreciated! Massage therapists in private practice have a number of expenses that spa employees don't. Every outcall that is done for an hour massage generally takes about two and a half hours with travel and set- up. Also, please keep in mind that massage is a skill that requires a certain level of education to perform well, training can be expensive. The usual range is btw 15-20%.
It is customary to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your session. Please note that if your arrive late your session may continue but would still end at scheduled time to ensure the next appointment is ok. If you are going to cancel please inform your therapist as soon as you can. They can work their schedule accordingly.