FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I know some of you may have questions regarding massage that you may be hesitant to ask about so below you’ll find the most common questions I get as a massage therapist:
Q: What should I expect at my first massage session?
A: Before your first at home session, you will be sent a health intake form that you will need to fill out prior to your appointment. Based on that, I will arrive a few minutes early to discuss the form and what your goals are for your session and go over a plan of what techniques and modality is best for you to achieve those goals. I will then set up my table (which will give you a few minutes to use the bathroom or just get comfortable) before we start.
Q: Do I need to take all my clothes off for my session?
A: No. I ask that you undress as much or as little as you want. Most people take off everything or just leave their underwear on. Whatever makes you comfortable is fine with me. You will be covered up with a sheet at all times and will only be uncovered when I am massage a specific part of the body. Under no circumstance, will you be allowed to be naked without a sheet. It’s best to also take off any jewelry such as your necklaces, bracelets, long earrings. If you have long hair you can put it in a clip or ponytail for better access to your neck area.
Q: How do I book a massage with you?
A: There are several ways you can book a massage with me. The easiest way is to book online 24/7. You can also call, email or text to book an appointment. Although I can sometimes accommodate same day requests, it’s best to book at least 1-2 days in advance for the best time slots.
Q: Do you service areas outside lower Fairfield County?
A: Our rates listed are for lower Fairfield County including Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk and Westport. An additional travel fee will be charged for services outside these areas. Contact us for pricing.
Q: If I’m sick, should I still come in for my massage?
A: If you are in the early and most contagious stage (first 48-72 hours) of a cold or flu, please do NOT come in for your session. It’s always best to err on the side of caution, and stay home when you are sick or not feeling well. Please phone or email me to cancel with as much notice as possible, so that I may be able to fill that time slot with a client on my wait-list. Thank you!
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: We understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life. In our desire to be effective and fair to all clients, the following policies are honored:
24 hour advance notice is required when cancelling an appointment. 48 hour advance notice is required when cancelling a corporate chair massage event. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to give me 24 hours advance notice you will be charged the full amount of your appointment. This amount must be paid prior to your next scheduled appointment.
Anyone who either forgets or consciously chooses to forgo their appointment for whatever reason will be considered a “no-show.” You will be charged the full amount for your “missed” appointment.
Q: Do I need to shower before or after my massage?
A: This depends on you. Taking a shower before your massage is a always a good idea. You should rinse off chlorine, perspiration or environmental pollutants before your treatment or therapy, because you don't want all that to be rubbed into your skin. A warm shower can also loosen up your muscles and start the relaxation process before you get on the table.
Q: What should I expect after my massage?
A: Massage can be very relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems. Give yourself a moment to re-orient before slowly getting up from the massage table. After your session, most people feel very relaxed and in a “massage fog”, feeling light and euphoric. Many feel significant relief from aches and pains that have built up over months of tension or repetitive activity.
After an initial period, people often experience an increase in energy, less stress and tension and greater productivity which can last for several days. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage to rehydrate, build healthy muscle tissue and to keep your lymphatic system flowing to remove metabolic waste your muscle produce when being worked out.
Following a massage and depending on the modality you chose (such as deep tissue), it’s possible to have some soreness for 24-48 hours, similar to the sensation you have after a good workout. This is a normal response within the body when circulation and manual stimulation of your muscles is increased.
You will likely feel some pain relief (less intensity), fall asleep faster (better sleep patterns), energy levels increase, easier mobility when walking and moving and feel less stress and anxiety.
As with exercise, the benefits of massage increase with regular treatments. As your body-mind awareness increases, you may find that you experience deeper relaxation and great gains in overall wellness and flexibility with each massage therapy session.
Q: Do you sell Gift Certificates?
A: Yes! I offer e-gift cards that you can purchase online 24/7 for any occasion or holiday. Check out the link on my website.
Q: How often should I get a massage?
A: It varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you. However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule.
The most important things to remember during your massage is to remember to breathe and to speak up.
When your massage therapist is working out a particularly bad knot, it can be tempting to tense up a little bit and hold your breath. Don’t do this. It’s important that you breathe fully and deeply when working on those knots, to oxygenate your blood supply and support those tense muscles.
During the massage, you shouldn’t be afraid to tell your therapist if something is uncomfortable, the pressure is not right, or if you have a question about what they’re doing. Be sure to ask them to spend more time on a certain area that is troubling you. This is your massage and it should be what you want. Speaking up after the end of your session is too late.