Should I give a tip after my massage session?
A: Although you are never required to leave a tip, massage therapy is a service and it is customary to leave 20% if you were pleased with the service you received.
Do I need to remove all of my clothes?
A: Just before stepping out of the room, the massage therapist will ask you to undress down to your personal comfort level and then lay on the table either face up or face down under the blanket and sheet. Client comfort is of the upmost importance, some people undress completely, and some feel more comfortable leaving their undergarments on, it is completely up to you. Just know during the massage only the area being massaged is uncovered at any given time.
Should my massage hurt?
A: Although some forms of massage, such as deep tissue and sports therapy, use more pressure to reach the deeper muscles of the body, massage therapy does not have to hurt to be effective. If ever your massage is uncomfortable, an area is too tender for the pressure being used, or it simply hurts, please speak up to inform your massage therapist so that they know to adjust the amount of pressure or technique being used.
What if I fall asleep?
A: Much of massage involves relaxation (both of the mind and the muscles) and it is very common for a client to fall asleep. Massage therapists tend to take it as a compliment if a client is so relaxed that they fall asleep. Don’t be embarrassed if you happen to snore or drool when you fall asleep either, sheets and blankets get changed in between every client regardless.
Is it ok to use the bathroom or blow my nose during a massage?
A: It is best to use the bathroom before beginning a massage, but if you have to urinate in the middle of your session don’t feel you need to hold it until you are finished, be sure to inform your therapist that you need to use the bathroom so they can pause the massage.
Having your nose run, particularly when lying face down during a massage is fairly common, always feel free to ask for a tissue.
Is massage sexual?
A: No. Massage is not sexual in any way. There are professional boundaries that must be maintained by both the massage therapist and the client. Although a client’s pectoral (chest) muscles or gluteal (butt) muscles may be included in a full body massage, it is customary for the therapist to ask first.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. If you are ever confused or uncomfortable in anyway during a massage, don't hesitate to let me know.