When you arrive for your appointment, I will begin by asking you general health questions since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. After familiarizing myself with your health history, we will discuss what therapy would be best to achieve the results you want.
Depending on the primary massage technique I use, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. Most importantly, you must feel safe and comfortable, so undress to your personal comfort level. I will leave you in privacy to undress. You will relax on a padded table designed for stability and comfort and be normally covered except for the area being worked on. When you are ready, I will return and position cushions under your knees, ankles, or neck and place you in a more natural position. The room will be warm and quiet, with soft music to set a relaxing mood.
During the massage, I will use a lubricant or scented oil, which is good for your skin and absorbs well. For some kinds of bodywork, no lotion is used.
A massage or bodywork session usually begins with relatively gentle pressure to calm your nervous system and begin relaxing superficial tension. Gradually, I will work more deeply to address specific areas. During the massage I may move your arm or leg to facilitate the massage. You should try to relax, let go, and allow me to do all the work. Only the part that is being worked on is uncovered, and your modesty is always maintained. Always let me know if anything is uncomfortable or irritating.
When the massage is over, I will leave the room so you may get dressed.