Frequently Asked Questions
Your appointment always begins with a personal chat between the two of us. This helps me understand where you are at the moment so I can fully address your needs. It’s important that you be as comfortable as possible before we start your massage, so this is a great time to ask any questions you might have about the massage experience or anything else. Below are some fairly common questions about massage in general. You are always welcome to call me (330-815-2203) with any other questions or concerns.
Reduce tension, anxiety, and stress
Relieve fatigue and promote an energized, healthier feelingHelp relieve or manage pain
Relax, refresh, stretch, and broaden muscles
Improve circulation of blood and lymph fluids.
Help me become more aware of where I hold tension so I can learn to relax those areas daily
We’ll discuss your health history, current symptoms and goals for your session. Your goal might be to soothe muscle tension, work on a specific problem area, or just completely relax & unwind. Please share your expectations so we are on the same page.
Some questions that I will ask you during our interview may seem unrelated to massage. Please realize the body is complex in its connections and that often something may seem unrelated when it is actually connected to the cause of your symptoms.
It is my job to thoroughly assess the puzzle pieces in order to plan your treatments most effectively. It is also my responsibility to modify your treatments in cases of contraindications or safety concerns, so a thorough inventory of your health is crucial in allowing me to provide you with the best care possible. Please be sure to ask me any questions that you may have at this time.
For all techniques that require the application of oil or cream, direct skin contact is ideal. You will be asked to undress to your comfort level. You may choose to wear underwear or remove it. Either way is fine. I will leave the room to give you privacy while you undress, get on the treatment table, and cover yourself with the sheet and blanket. I will then knock before I re-enter the room. I undrape only the area being worked on and then cover that area back up before moving on to the next area—your modesty and privacy is maintained throughout your treatment.
First and foremost, make yourself comfortable!
For most of your treatment you’ll be relaxing on the massage table which is designed for stability and comfort. I will ensure that you are warm and well positioned throughout your treatment by having the table heated to your preference and various bolsters/pillows/blankets available that can be added or removed as needed to keep you comfy. Relaxing music is played to help you unwind and focus on the changes occurring in your body.
It is helpful to focus on your breathing—take nice easy breaths in and out during your session to help your mind and body relax and to oxygenate your body tissues.
I often tell clients that their “job” during the massage is to lie there like a complete slug. If your muscles are in a relaxed state then your massage is not only more beneficial, but it also feels a lot better. So if I need you to adjust your position I will either move you (for instance, lift your arm) or will tell you what position I need you to move into (turning from your stomach to your back). Let me know at any time if you need to change your position to make yourself more comfortable. For instance, massage therapy can easily be done when you are lying on your side, if your pain prevents you from being on your stomach or back. Please verbalize to me what is comfortable for you.
Some people chat during their massage because it relaxes them. Some people fall sound asleep quickly and doze through the entire massage session. Most people just close their eyes and drift, relaxing completely. All of these choices are perfectly normal. Please don’t ever feel that you need to make polite conversation with your therapist as she will be concentrating on your therapy. This is your time, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
- New Tattoos
- Broken Bones
- Tumors and Cancer (physician’s approval is required)
- Varicose Veins
- Inflammation/Acute flare-ups (fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, injuries)
The following examples identify NO MASSAGE ALLOWED unless approved by a physician:
- Contagious diseases to include cold or flu, even if it seems mild
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription pain medication
- Recent surgeries
- Recent acute injuries
- Skin Diseases
- Cardiovascular (i.e. blood clots)
If you have any questions at all about whether or not massage is approved for your personal health issue, please call.
All of my Policies & Procedures can be viewed on The Details page.