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Frequently Asked Questions

Communication is key to the success of any session. This session is about you. Speak your mind!

If you want something changed: music selection, amount of pressure, position, if it’s too hot, or too cold ... let me know! I am not a mind reader. Although your muscles will communicate with me by relaxing, tensing up, twitching, etc., that does not always happen. If the technique being used is painful, let me know. I keep the massage treatment room at 72 degrees, which is great for me, but some may find it a bit cool. I have clean blankets for each client if needed.

My goal is for my clients to enjoy their session and for the session to meet their needs. If I talk too much, tell me. You will not hurt my feelings. I mean, you will, but I will cry silently unto myself; you will never know. Haha! Seriously, let me know if there is something I can do to make the experience more enjoyable. I realize I may not be the right therapist for everybody, but I will give everybody my best effort. 

Each session is different. Your body has experienced many changes from session to session. In one session you may want your gastrocnemius (calf muscle) worked after a long run, in another, perhaps you are stressed and want just a relaxation massage. I will ask you what it is you are seeking with each session.

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a client intake form, and will review this form with you before the session begins. This review will include questions about the areas you would like covered, what may have caused an injury (if this is the reason for your visit), and if massage is an appropriate treatment at this time.

The first rule of therapeutic bodywork is to do no harm. It is vital to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs. The listing of the health concerns, including allergies, trying to get pregnant, skin conditions, etc. protects you and the therapist.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

Your comfort is paramount to you being able to relax and receive the full benefits of a session. Most clients do fully undress if the session is for a full body massage. If it is just a half body session (focusing on either the upper torso and limbs, or lower body), then the clothing for those areas is removed. Some clients wish to wear their undergarments for their first session. This is understandable. Massage is an intimate act without the intent of intimacy. It is important that a client and therapist are able to trust one another to be professional at all times during a session. You will be covered with a top sheet during the entirety of the session. If you are more comfortable keeping your clothing on, a chair massage may be something that would better suit your needs. This is always an option and you may inquire about it with the therapist. After reviewing the intake form and going over the session, the therapist will step out of the room so you may undress in private.

Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?

Yes. This is the policy of both the university and the therapist. While you are preparing for the session, the therapist will step out to give you privacy. Once you have undressed, and are under the sheet on the table, the therapist will reenter the room. The therapist will only uncover the limbs when working on them. The client’s genitals (male and female) and female breasts, will not be uncovered. If abdominal work is required on a female, a towel, or a second sheet, will be given to the client before the session begins to place over the breasts, under the sheet, so the top sheet can be moved to expose the abdomen. The gluteal muscles (buttocks) may be uncovered one side at a time during a session. The gluteal muscles are the largest muscle group in the body and are often worked if there is lower back, or hip pain.

What do I do during a massage treatment?

Breathe. Relax. Enjoy. Basically, your role is to be a dead body. Your therapist will do 99% of the work when adjusting your position. If you need to change your position to feel more comfortable, feel free. This is your session. Some people close their eyes and sleep. Do not worry if you snore, or talk in your sleep; you are not the first client to do so, and you will not be the last. I will not laugh. I promise…unless you perform stand-up comedy while sleeping. Others prefer to talk throughout the session. I have been told I am a good listener, so talk away. I like to talk to my clients for the first 10 minutes, or so, as it generally helps them to relax. They generally then drift off to sleep. Regardless if you are a talker, or a sleeper, please feel free to ask any questions you may have, or let me know if I need to adjust the pressure, get you a blanket, etc.

How long will the session last?

We have 30, 60, 90, and 120 minute sessions. A 30 minute session is generally for half the body, meaning lower, or upper body work only. A 60 minute is generally meant for a full body, but can also be purchased if someone has a specific recurring issue that needs more attention. A 90 minute session will often include stretching with the bodywork/massage. It may also include the use of hot stones if requested at the time of purchase. A 120 minute session is usually for athletes needing more bodywork than a standard full body massage. This session might include stretching and range of motion work. Each session will include a minimum of the time purchased. For instance, a 30 minute session will have at least 30 minutes of hands on bodywork.

Will the massage hurt?

Many people believe a massage must hurt in order to be effective. I am not one of those people. I employ multiple techniques to ensure my client’s comfortability during the session. The pressure should never be over a 7 on a scale of 1-10. There is a difference in a ‘it feels so good’ pain and a ‘OUCH! YOU’RE KILLING ME’ hurt. My goal is to keep each session in the ‘feels good’ zone. Please let me know if the technique is causing actual pain.

How often should I get a massage?

Each client is different. If there is a chronic/recurring issue, weekly sessions may be necessary at the beginning. Then, regular maintenance sessions every month, or so. If you are just looking to relax, then more sporadic sessions may work. You can always schedule a future massage after your session. You can discuss this further with the therapist.

Can I talk during my session?

Absolutely. Many people find talking during a session very relaxing…it relaxes the body, spirit, and mind. Others prefer silence throughout the massage. Just let me know one way or the other. I don’t want to talk if you’re not in the mood to converse. This session is about you. You may want to talk for the first 10 minutes, and then snooze the remainder of time. Regardless, you need to speak up during a session for any reason, please do so. 

Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage? 

I don’t even know what whale calls are, so I’m going with ‘No’. I have a wide variety of instrumental music, but mostly I use my sound machine. It can produce sounds of ‘Thunder’, ‘Rain’, ‘Campfire’, ‘Brook’, ‘Ocean’, ‘White Noise’, and ‘Fan’. I also have a large selection of country music I can play, but I might begin to sing along and nobody wants that. 

How will I feel after my massage treatment? 

Most people feel relaxed and sleepy. Some experience a great deal of relief from long time pain. Some feel lighter, freer, overall more joyful. Sometimes you may experience some soreness after a massage, especially if a muscle was in spasm for an extended period before the release. Soreness may also occur after a deep tissue massage. Please increase your water intake after a session.

When should I not get a massage?

There are some contraindications for a massage, such as a fever, cold, flu, any condition that is contagious, etc. Please do not put the therapist, or other clients, at risk by coming in for a massage if you are sick. The session can be rescheduled. Also, if you have suffered an injury within the last 72 hours, a massage most likely will be contraindicated. In addition, there are numerous conditions which may cause the therapist to adjust their routine/techniques. Some conditions will require a doctor’s release. This may be necessary if you have recently undergone a surgical procedure, been hospitalized, etc. The therapist will review your information before the massage to address any concerns. If necessary, the session will be rescheduled.

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How can you sign up?

Massage appointments are available to all MAC members by calling 817-272-3277 or stopping by the Services & Information Desk of the MAC.

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