How much should I undress?
Since you need to be as comfortable as possible for your massage treatment session, you should only disrobe to the point where you feel reasonably modest. For most treatments*, most clients completely disrobe. Proper draping technique will always be used no matter whether you are completely undressed or decide to keep on your undergarments or other clothing. Your therapist will only undrape the area that is currently being worked on. Should you have any concerns about draping, please do not hesitate to speak with your therapist.
* Chair Massage, CraniosacralTherapy, Reflexology, and Reiki treatments are performed while the client is fully clothed.
Will I be covered during my session?
Yes. It is our policy (and it is strictly required by law) that all clients remain covered at all times by a sheet and/or blanket, or towel. Your therapist will adjust draping as they work to expose areas that are being treated (the genital area is never treated and therefore never exposed), then re-cover and move on to the next area. Please DO NOT remove the draping during your treatment. If you are too warm, please ask your therapist to adjust the room temperature. The draping must remain on at all times.
How should I lie on the table, face up or face down?
Your therapist will decide based on the brief intake consult as well as your reasons for the visit, medical history, symptoms, and desired outcome. She will provide specific instructions for you prior to leaving the room for you to get undressed. For instance, she might say to you:
“Please get undressed, and lie face up underneath the sheet. The back of your knees should be on top of the bolster.” Likewise, she might ask you to lie face down, or on your left or right side. If you are pregnant, you will likely be asked to lie on your left side.
What should I do if the pressure is not to my liking?
You should always let your therapist know immediately if the pressure is not to your liking – i.e. is too deep or too light. If the pressure is not to your liking, your therapist will adjust it accordingly. It is a myth that massage must be painful in order to be effective. Using a pain scale of 1 through 10, where 1 is NO pain and 10 is extremely painful, a therapeutic massage normally should be 7 or less.
What if I need to go to the bathroom?
If you need to go to the bathroom, please let your therapist know and she will immediately stop your session so that can relieve yourself. Once you have returned to the therapy room and the table, she will resume your treatment.
What if I fall asleep, snore, and/or drool during my treatment?
Most people do fall into a peaceful slumber during treatment. It is also very common for folks to snore or drool. Its ok!
What if I have an embarrasing physical reaction during my therapy session?
It is common for the body to become very relaxed during a massage therapy session. This might mean that you accidentally pass gas. It is not a big deal! There is no need for shame or worry as this is completely natural.
Likewise, some men may become aroused during massage, resulting in an erection. Touch can trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, which causes the arousal. Don’t worry if this happens because it will be completely ignored by your therapist.
What if I get an erection during my treatment?
It is normal for some men to become aroused during massage. Touch can trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, which causes the arousal. Don’t worry if this happens, it will be completely ignored by your therapist.
Why do I need to drink a lot of water after muscular therapy sessions?
Being well hydrated is always best for optimal health. You should try to drink plenty of water before your session as well as after. Prior to your treatment, it is beneficial because a well-hydrated muscle is easier to manipulate and perform deep work on. Muscular therapy treatment is a manual draining of your lymphatic system, which is partially responsible for removing toxins and waste within your body. Because of this, drinking water after a session helps the body to flush out waste materials that may have been released. Drinking water for 24 hours after your session can help relieve any soreness or aches that you may experience.