How should I prepare for a massage?
Please arrive 5 minutes early before your first massage so you can fill out the in-take and Health Status form. It is available on my website, so you may fill it out prior to arriving. All clients are required to sign the intake form in order to receive a massage. I will need time to chat so we can discuss what your needs are. Please bathe before you arrive. I know this may not be possible due to your work location and my office. I provide moist wipes to freshen up if needed. Please remove all jewelry. Do not eat a meal before you arrive. A small snack is ok. Having a full stomach may take away from your experience. Please turn your cell phone off completely. Payment is expected at the time of the massage. Gratuity is based on the quality and the time spent helping you to feel better. Guests are not allowed in the massage room.
Do you massage children?
Yes, especially athletes and those who suffer from disabilities. Teens who are preparing for a major exam will benefit from a massage. Children who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, autism, scoliosis, and other issues are welcome. Unfortunately, the building is not wheelchair accessible. I do require that the children are able to control themselves so we do not disturb others. I will require the parent be present. In some cases, I may need a doctor's permission to verify it is safe to give a massage. Permission slips are provided in this website. This will be discussed over the phone.
Where will my massage or bodywork take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a private, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
The parts of the body that are to be massaged will depend on the needs of the client and the intake information. This will be discussed at the beginning of the massage.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. I will check concerning the pressure and comfort level. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods that will be most beneficial to you.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
RELAX! Again, it is very important to talk in a soft voice so the client next door to us is not disturbed. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure. Soft music will be playing to add to your relaxation. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask. I do my best work when conversation is minimal. There are times when the client may fall asleep during the session.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. If deep tissue is requested, it is normal to experience a little soreness the day after. I will offer fluids for you to drink.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That is why it is imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you print out the Physicians Permission Form from the Client Forms page of this website. Depending on your condition, approval from your doctor may be required. You are required to fill out the intake form and sign it before the massage will begin. You may print the form and begin filling it out before you arrive.
Where is your office?
3691 Park Ave. Suite 12, Elliott City 21043 (see the red arrow). From route 40, turn south onto Rogers Ave, towards the Court House. Stay straight and continue on Court House Drive. Turn right into the courthouse parking lot. Park as close to the red brick building as you can. Enter the double doors on the second level of the building. Turn right at the hallway. My studio door is at the end (suite 12). If the door is open, you are welcome to enter. If my door is closed and you are early, please have a seat on the bench close to my door. Please do not wait for me in the downstairs waiting room.