If you're new to in-home massage or massage therapy in general you probably have some questions.  Below I have listed the most common questions about massage therapy.  If you have a question that isn't listed here feel free to use the CONTACT ME tab to send me a message.  I'm more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  


How does in-home massage work?

I will come to your home to perform the massage.  You will need an area large enough for me to set up my table and work around but most homes can accommodate a table being set up.  Beyond having an area large enough you will not need to provide anything.  I will bring everything with me.  The huge plus of home massage is you don't have to get up off the table and drive home, you can simply get up and you're already home.  In-home massage really enables you to prolong your relaxation.


What can I expect at my first massage therapy session?

Your first session with me will be longer than the 60 or 90 minute time frame.  I will come to your house and sit down with you and talk about what you're looking for in the massage and what your expectations of the outcome are, everyone's are different.  Then I'll have you fill out a health history form and address any concerns you might have.  Once the initial meeting is done I will set up my table and leave the area so that you can get undressed to your comfort level and drape yourself with the sheet.  The 60 or 90 minute time frame will begin when the massage begins.  


Is massage just for relaxation?

While massage is fantastic for relaxation, it is so much more than that.  Massage can help manage pain, reduce stress, increase mobility, lower blood pressure, increase circulation, reduce headaches, promote sleep, as well as reduce anxiety and depression.  It's definitely an integral part of any health care regimen.


When should I not get a massage?

There are several times that massage isn't indicated.   If you are currently experiencing a cold or the flu or running a fever it is best to wait until this subsides before booking an appointment.  It is also not recommended to get a massage if you have had surgery in the past 6 weeks.   While massage is not contraindicated for pregnancy I prefer for my clients to be out of their first trimester and have approval from a doctor before booking a session.  Any questions regarding any concerns you might have about these things I will be happy to answer, just use the contact me tab. 


Will I be covered during the massage session?

You will stay properly draped and covered the entire massage session.  Only the area I am currently working on will be exposed.  I will never undrape or uncover any area without your consent.   If you ever feel uncomfortable at anytime during a massage you should speak up immediately.  


Do I have to be completely undressed?

No.  You should undress to your comfort level.  Some clients prefer to get completely nude while others prefer to leave on their undergarments.  This is a personal choice.   You will undress and redress in private and will be draped with a sheet and blanket the entire session.


What is included in the session time?

The entire 60 or 90 minutes will be hands on work.  Some massage places include the initial consult, setup and undressing and redressing into that time but I believe that you should be benefiting from that so the entire 60 or 90 minutes will be hands on bodywork.   Please keep this in mind if you book a session expecting it to only last 60 or 90 minutes and plan for additional time for consult, set up and break down of the equipment. 


How much should I tip?

Many clients are unsure if or how they should tip.  If you appreciate the service you are being provided and would like to show that appreciation you may tip but tipping is not necessary.  The best way to approach the amount if you feel a tip is deserved is to think of it like any other service industry with 15-20% being standard.


How often should I receive massage?

If you are receiving massage as a form of relaxation or preventative care than once or twice a month is usual.  If you are receiving massage to relieve pain or for chronic tightness in your everyday life I recommend weekly sessions.