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What to Expect at Your Massage Session

Before your session

Once you schedule your first appointment, I will email you a brief intake for to fill out. This includes health history and your goals for your massage session. This helps me gain some background on your needs to customize your massage.


When you arrive at the office for your appointment, we’ll go over the intake form I emailed you. We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what your expectations are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to find some calm and relaxation?

I’ll show you the massage room and walk you through the massage process. I’ll leave the room so you can undress, get on the massage table, and get comfortable under the draping sheet and blanket.


Many massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear it is entirely up to you. (Simply put: bottom undergarment can be left on or taken off.) You will be properly draped throughout the massage.


During the massage

Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, I may start the massage on your face, neck, and shoulders, or maybe on your back. I use unscented jojoba to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. I may also use a refreshing peppermint cream on your feet (I will check in with you to make sure this is ok). While I do have some scented essential oils, I will not use those without your prior permission.


It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work. This takes practice; be kind to yourself, your body will learn.


It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.


I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music! Anything at all.


After the massage

You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever feeling very sore following a massage (it’s rare, but it can happen), please call me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so I can make notes to adjust your next massage.


I hope you enjoy your massage!

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