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Appointments must be booked in advance using a credit/debit card to guarantee your time with me. Appointments not held by credit/debit card are considered tentative and are subject to cancellation if a credit card confirmed appointment Is received for the same time. Credit/debit cards are held solely for the purpose of confirming your appointment. The card will not be charged before date of service and charged ONLY in the event of cancellation after the 12 hour window or in the case of a no show. In those cases the credit card will be charged for the full amount of your session.
Note that actual session payment will be at the clients choice, card on file or cash at time of service.
12 hours notice, before your sessions start time is needed to cancel your appointment & avoid your credit card on file from being charged.
You wouldn't believe how many times I've heard someone say they'd get a massage if they lost weight or didn't feel so self conscious. Please don't let this stop you. You're denying yourself quite a pleasurable experience.
Let me help you understand something...
I have seen countless bodies in every imaginable sex, size, shape, race, creed and political persuasion & social class. I think a good massage therapist are conscious not to judge your person on any level. However, on this topic I can only speak for myself, I have a deep appreciation for life & all of it's connections & the body in all of it's forms. I think massage is a wonderful gift to share with a man regardless of the things we feel the outside world is judging us on or even our own judgments. Personally, I feel proud & very satisfied with what I can offer to men in need of some help or just wanting to enjoy my — sense of touch. So don't let any part of your own self image get in the way of getting a massage. If you need to talk about how you feel about your body with me before booking an appointment give me a call. Trust me, the chances are I've heard it all before… and that a good thing.
It's up to you. Sometimes same day appointments are available. Call the same day & book for that day or book something for the near future. During a tough week nothing like having booked a massage already. There is something to be said for having the stress reducing relaxing moments massage provides to look forward to. After 11 years of doing massage I noticed how much better massages are when booked one to three days in advanced.
You don't need to wait until you're stressed or injured. Too often I see clients who wait until they reach this state to see me. Massage works wonders as preventive care for a person's body and mind. Instead of waiting until your back hurts from overwork or stress, or the headaches that start at the back of your skull begin to pound, or the stress of every day life makes you want to pop your cork, get a massage before these things happen. A regular massage is a wonderful way to cope with stress, both physical and emotional, and to keep if from causing discomfort or harm to your body.
There are several contraindications for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should NOT get a massage:
. Any type of infectious disease
. Systemic infections
. Severe cold
. Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
. Liver and kidney diseases
. Blood clot (unless you have a doctor's written permission)
. High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
. Heart disease
. Open skin lesions or sores (therapist may work around them if localized)
The guidelines here are pretty straightforward. I don't want the massage to make an underlying medical condition worse, and I don't want to pass anything contagious to me the massage therapist. If you're unsure about whether a minor condition should prohibit you from getting a massage, call before your appointment. If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your doctor before proceeding on a course of massage therapy. For some illnesses, other bodywork modalities/techniques may work well.
Yes, for a $40 nonrefundable pre payment.
Credit card required
The $40 is put toward the price of your session.
You can shower before arriving for your massage if it would make you more comfortable. If you do though you could be washing away you own natural helpful oils that will provide your skin with extra conditioning during your treatment. A nice comprimise is what I recommend, if you want to take one before, just to wash the armpit and groin area.
I recommend that clients arrive 10 minutes before the appointment begins. This way conversation, restroom use & changing your clothing won't cut into the massage time!
A clients options depend on how late a client is, the time the client called to notify me & if I have any other clients after. Often the options I'll present to a client are cancellation, re booking, or continuing on with the remainder of the session at my full previously agreed to price. Also, if you are interested, and I find that my schedule can accommodate it, a client could also be presented with the option to purchase additional time to complete the time a client missed. No matter how late a client is a call is always appreciated.
That depends on your therapist training, their technique, the type of massage, depth of the strokes and of course your own pressure tolerances. A light massage that doesn't probe very deep into muscles shouldn't hurt. A muscle that is relaxed will be supple and soft and won't hurt when rubbed. Muscles that are tight, and in many cases have been chronically tight for a long time, may have that "good hurt" feeling with a deeper slower massage work. Think of that "good hurt" as the feeling you get when you stretch a sore muscle during exercise. Muscles can be very sore from overuse or tightness, and that good feeling that deep work gives you can become painful. A sharp pain may indicate a muscle that has been injured and has some sort of inflammation. In this case, you don't want the deep work to continue in this area. A deep massage with tight muscles may leave some residual soreness the next day. Everybody is different and each clients results may vary. The depth of a stroke may not be deep enough for one person's liking and may cause pain for another. Some people want the massage as deep as possible regardless of the soreness. Others want something much lighter, more sensual and pleasing, to help them relax rather than deeper work that might leave them sore. A client should let their preference be known to the therapist, and give feedback when the therapist asks for feedback or feel free to chime in at anytime! It's your massage!
When you hire a massage therapist the goal is to experience a professional nurturing touch from a caring & professionally trained individual. Having a client touch their therapist against their therapists wishes during a session violates both their personal space & professional boundaries. Also it is distracting to the therapist. The massage won't be half as good if the therapist is more concerned with you touching them during the massage. Their focus and attention will be devoted to maintaining their boundaries and not on YOU or your massage which is where it belongs. You want to get a great massage? Then respect the therapist providing it by respecting their boundaries during your session.
Working in such close proximity with a person body contact other than hands is bound to happen. Clear communication from your therapist helps you get the most out of your session. In some cases your therapist may brush up against you by mistake or will need to place their body in a position that can be misunderstood. When the contact is accidental the therapist recognizes & apologizes; the massage continues. If the therapist needs to get into a position that goes beyond their hands touching you, it is up to the therapist to explain what's going on, make sure that sort of touch is acceptable with you before proceeding further. If you agree the course of treatment the massage proceeds in the agreed to fashion. Or if you disagree the therapist moves on without violating that particular boundary. With great communication misunderstandings & professional position for various techniques are made clear to the client. With both yours & the therapist boundaries respected the therapist is free to do the job you hired them for & you are free to benefit fully from the massage therapy!
Before your appointment starts clients are asked what their comfort level is in regard to draping. You have the option of a towel or a sheet or nothng at all. You can change the manner in which you are draped at anytime during the session.
This will vary from therapist to therapist. Different therapists may skip other areas of the body. Some work only on the back side of the body. Some won't work on the buttocks or inner thighs. Some skip the abdomen. Some won't work anywhere in the chest area of a woman. If one area of the body takes a lot longer than expected to massage, the therapist may skip other areas of the body to finish within the allotted time.
There are different reasons why some massage therapists skip different areas of the body. For some it may just allow them to concentrate on areas of the body that are typically the areas that need the most work. They would rather give fuller attention to these areas and not do areas that usually are not a problem for most people. If you would prefer these areas to receive some massage, you can ask the therapist to do so, and they may agree.
One of the biggest factors that determine what gets worked has to do with the client therapist relationship. For example a client that has seen a therapist every month for years for years will receive a much different massage than a new client.
Some therapists will ask you during the intake if you have any areas of your body that you would prefer not to be massaged. This may be verbal or you might have to check off areas of the body on a chart on the intake form. The therapist will respect your wishes.
Should you request that any part of your body not be massaged? This is another area where the answer is not so easy. A person getting massaged should be relaxed. If anything during the massage causes them to tighten their muscles, than the benefits from the massage won't be obtained. On the other hand, the body is one interconnected organism. Even though you may feel discomfort in one part of your body before a massage, the cause of the problem may rest in a different area of the body. Overcompensation for an ache or nagging injury by limping, walking differently, or carrying yourself other than your normal way will cause muscles throughout the body to suffer. To reap the most benefits from a massage, all areas should be addressed.
As a general rule, just try to stay relaxed as much as possible during a massage. If it's your first massage, and you suddenly find yourself nervous as the therapist moves to a new area, just try to make your mind float and enjoy the feeling of having the stress worked out the muscles there. As you see more of the therapist in future visits, your nervousness about these areas will probably go away pretty quickly as you come to trust their strokes and professional approach to their work.
Every massage therapist has their own unique style, their approach to massage, the strokes they like to use, and the depth they like to work. Some prefer a more clinical approach, some a more personal approach. Not every client clicks with every massage therapist. The key is to find one that you like and, stick with them and sing their praises. Usually, the best way to find a therapist is to get a referral from a trusted friend. This way you can get some sort of sense of what their style is like before you pay them a visit. I always say that the first session is a "get to know you session," I am getting to know your body through my touch and vice versa. If it didn't seem like you got what you needed the first time try for a second. Before your second session starts, really communicate what you liked about the first session and what you think needs improvement. If after the second session you still feel like their massage wasn't your cup of tea, then it's best to look for someone else. Not every match is made in heaven.
This is a natural part of receiving a massage. I tell my clients to enjoy the feeling and enjoy it as you would any other feelings you get with getting a massage!
To help differentiates deep tissue from firm pressure I use this formula oil usage + speed = depth. Or another way of explaining it is the slower you go the deeper the work. Firmer pressure is just like it sounds it's firmer pressure during the massage. The funny thing about firmer pressure is that it doesn't go deep, since it is not observing the natural laws the human body is goverened by. You can't erase tension with more tension. For more information please consult my "About Massage" tab.
Various authorities on massage recommend getting a massage, at the very minimum, once a month. Look at it this way. . . How well would your car perform if you neglected to take it in for it's regular maintenance? Consider a massage as regular maintenance for the most important and sophisticated thing on the planet! Treat your body right and "running" properly with a regular session.