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What to expect from the The Massage Therapy Center

I have a few commonly asked questions here, if you would like a direct response to a question you have please feel free to email me


How to Receive a Massage!

Because massage is not a common part of our contemporary cultural experience, many people feel uneasy about receiving their first massage. Here are a few guidelines to help you feel at ease and to gain the greatest benefit from your massage therapy session.

Tell the therapist about areas of your body which are injured, tense or sore. Also mention any medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, a heart problem, chronic headaches, varicose veins, recent surgery, etc.

 

Massage Room

Close your eyes and allow yourself to relax as completely as possible. Focus your attentions on your breathing, which should be slow, deep and even.

When the therapist’s hands locate areas of pain or tension in the body, consciously try to relax those areas. As you inhale deeply, visualize the breath flowing to the tense area and relaxing it. As you fully exhale, visualize the tension leaving the body with the breath.

Conversation can be distracting to you and the therapist. Good massage requires concentration on the part of the therapist. Please confine your conversation to feedback about the massage.

Allow the therapist to move your limbs into various positions. Be limp, like a rag doll, and do not try to help move your arms, legs or head. The therapist is a trained professional who will not do anything to hurt you. However, feel free to speak up if anything the therapist does is too painful or tickles, or uncomfortable in any way.

The best way to receive a massage is with the body completely unclothed. The therapist is sensitive to the need for privacy and will keep your body covered with a sheet or blanket, except for the area being massaged. If this arrangement is not comfortable for you, you may wear underwear.

Contrary to a common notion in our society about massage, it is an ancient healing art and not a sexual service.  Sexual behavior during the massage is inappropriate and will result in termination of the session.

Very often, as the body releases tension during a massage, the mind will release emotion. If you suddenly feel sad, angry or joyful, do not be alarmed. Allow yourself to express these feelings by crying or laughing. At the very least, feel free to sigh with relaxation or hum with pleasure.

Many people fall asleep during a massage, an indication that the body and mind are releasing stress and tension. The therapist will gently wake you when it is time to turn over or end the massage.

We hope that your massage is both enjoyable and beneficial, and that this experience will be the beginning of a lifelong practice to help you enjoy the best possible health and relaxation.


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What are the benefits of having a massage?

You can expect:

  • increase your circulation

  • improve your endurance

  • pump fresh oxygen into your muscles

  • eliminate toxins in your blood

  • recover from muscle fatigue faster

  • lower your blood pressure

  • create a resting state for your heart

  • diminish nervous tension

  • see worry lines disappear

  • experience an overall relaxed state

  • feel your energy renewed

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How much time do I need to plan for having a massage?

Please plan an hour for each massage.


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What is  your Cancellation or No-Show Policy?

My massage therapy practice, a time-dependent business, is run by appointments. This assures your massage appointment will be on time. If you are late, the appointment will still end at the appointed time, which penalizes you and not the person scheduled after you. That is only fair!

If you find it necessary to cancel or change your appointment, please allow at least 24 hours notice. Any changes or cancellations (or missed appointments) less that 24 hours in advance, will obligate you to pay for the originally scheduled time. Should a substitute be found to fill your appointment, no charge will be made for the missed appointment.

It is an embarrassing situation to have to enforce this policy.
Should you feel that this policy is unreasonable, please discuss it with me.


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