What should I wear during the massage?
Please bring athletic shorts and a loose T-shirt to your appointment. All appointments begin with a five minute intake where we discuss your progress and your goals for the session that day. After determining the appropriate type of massage, I will either ask you to lie on the table in your shorts and shirt, or ask you to remove the area of clothing we are working on and lie on the table under the sheet while I leave the room.
Athletic shorts and a shirt are worn during sports massage, Muscle Activation Technique (MAT), and Thai bodywork.
If we are doing full-body relaxation, I will ask you to undress to “your level of comfort.” Whatever makes you comfortable, whether you prefer to wear all your underclothes or go fully nude, is fine with me. During relaxation massage, I use a flat sheet to drape, or frame, the area of your body that I am working on, so that only that one area is exposed at a time. The rest of your body will remain covered to keep you warm and comfortable.
If you are hoping for deep or specific work on your neck and shoulders, it is helpful to remove your bra and any jewelry around your neck.
My last massage was way too deep/light. How do I get the right pressure?
Experienced massage therapists can generally find an approximate pressure that will work for an individual client. However, you are the person who lives in that body, the only one who can truly know what your body needs. For this reason, I will ask you during your intake about your preferred pressure and any positive or negative experiences you’ve had on the table. The more information you can feel safe to share with me during the intake, the more effective and satisfying your massage will be.
Once you are on the table, I will apply pressure in consideration of what I’ve learned from you during the intake, and I will ask you quite frequently at the beginning of the massage, “Would you like more or less pressure?” Feel free to give me as much feedback as you need to so that I can find that perfect pressure. The pressure we are ideally looking for is one that feels like we are getting to the desired, tight muscles, but not so deep that your body feels like it needs to tighten up to protect against the pressure.
Once I feel like I have found the correct amount of pressure for you, I will stop asking so that you have the chance to relax. However, at any point during a massage, you can always say “more” or “less” to let me know you would like me to adjust the pressure. Even if I am not asking, I am always listening for those cues and feedback from you. It can be difficult to speak up when you are lying on the table, and it is my job to give you easy cues and to create a safe space where you feel enabled to ask for what you need.
Am I supposed to tip?
In the massage industry, it is typical to tip 15-25 percent per service. My baseline price for massage is the local competitive standard. However, most clients who come through my door recognize that they are receiving care that goes above and beyond a standard massage. Tipping allows the client to honor and pay for that by determining what they want to add on top of the base price after they have received their services. Therefore when I ask you to checkout, I will ask you to pay for the base price and then give you the option to tip. Whatever you choose is entirely up to you.
Why is the new client session more expensive?
In the new client session, we do a medical history intake as well as a postural assessment, and may even include movement screens if indicated. This initial interview takes about half an hour and gives me the information I need to make your first session is performed safe and effective. Thus, a first-time one hour massage will take 90 minutes and cost $90, and a first-time 90 minute massage will take 2 hours and cost $120.
What are your cancellation and reschedule policies?
24-hour notice is required if you must cancel or reschedule your appointment. If less than 24-hours notice is given and the appointment cannot be filled, you will be charged the full price of the service. Same-day appointments cancelled more than 1 hour after being made will be charged in full. No shows are charged in full. I reserve the right to give away your appointment if you are more than 15 minutes late. By agreeing to this policy, you are authorizing the use of your credit card for the scheduled appointment.
This policy applies to new and existing customers and is non-negotiable.
By scheduling with me, you are agreeing to adhere to this policy and will not pushback or attempt to damage my reputation if I have to enforce this policy.
How do I make an appointment?
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call me at 406-219-7927. A credit card is required to make an appointment.