Prior To Your Massage

Prior to your massage, please remove contact lenses and jewelry. You can pull your hair back during your service with a hair tie or clip.
In general, massage is given while you are unclothed. However, you may choose to wear undergarments and or a swimsuit or stay fully clothed if necessary for acupressure massage. You will be fully covered with a top sheet throughout your session
This is your massage and you should feel comfortable!

Communication


Feel free to ask questions and communicate effectively with the therapist before, during, and after your session. Your therapist is a highly trained professional and will be happy to make you feel informed and comfortable.

Tips


Tips are accepted and appreciated at your discretion
(Most people tip as they would a server at a restaurant.)
 

*The therapist is not liable for lost or stolen goods;
please leave valuable items on or leave them at home.

Medical Conditions


The therapist is not a doctor; please inquire with your doctor if you are unsure about massage. Services will be cancelled if there are contraindications. Massage therapy can cause serious consequences to people with certain medical conditions not limited to those listed below:


  • Infections including the common cold and flu - when someone has an infection, their body is already working hard to fight it and recover. A massage can be very stimulating internally and place certain demands on the body during a time when your client should be simply resting.
  • Rash or infectious skin condition – If it is contagious then it could be passed to the massage therapist. Even if it is not contagious, massage can make some skin irritations even worse.
  • Intoxication – Intoxication is a risk as it desensitized the client. Sensations are dulled and it hinders reliable feedback.
  • Strained or sprained muscles or joints – While it may seem like a great idea to get a massage after straining a muscle, if there is damage to the area, massage may actually interfere with the healing process.
  • Heart, kidney, or other organ failure – Massage may place excess demands on already filing organs.


Medications


Certain medications can be dangerous when getting a massage. It is important to tell your massage therapist if you are taking any of the following:

  • Blood pressure medications - Can result in low blood pressure and dizziness upon sitting up or standing after a massage.
  • Blood thinners – Heavy pressure or deep tissue work may result in bruising.
  • Topical drugs such as hormone or antibiotic creams - The medications can be transferred to the therapist. Also, the massage cream may interfere with the client's absorption of the medication.
  • Injectable medication, including insulin - The therapist should avoid the injection site, as massage can interfere with how the drug is absorbed.
  • Muscle relaxers - The therapist may want to avoid certain stretches, which might overstretch the muscles.
  • Pain killers – If a client’s pain response is reduced, it may be best for the massage therapist to stick with a light pressure massage.


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