Therapeutic Massage by Taunya Gosso-Brown
You are joining a growing number of men and women who have found therapeutic massage to be a valuable addition to their health and fitness routines, and an effective complement to other health care services such as chiropractic. Many people seek massage as a natural means to promote healthy body functioning, and to enhance the body's own restorative powers.
As with any new experience, you probably have many questions about what to expect in your first massage session. This page was designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions from newcomers to massage, and make your first visit as comfortable and productive as possible.
Why are you getting a massage?
One of the first things I will want to know is why you are getting a massage. As an experienced massage therapist, I want to plan the session to address your needs and desires. The most common reasons are:
Let me know in the initial interview what you are looking for so we can make sure you get the best massage possible.
What are your concerns about the session?
Please let me know any concerns you have about the upcoming session. It is important that you are comfortable during the massage, and that you know your options. Here are some commonly expressed concerns of newcomers to massage:
Modesty: In a standard massage session, you will be draped with a sheet. You may choose to be totally or partially unclothed under the drape. As each part of the body is being massaged, it is uncovered. Genitals and women's breasts will be covered up at all times. Some people prefer to be nude and some prefer to leave their underpants on. It is entirely up to you and your level of comfort. Feel free to ask about the draping method to be used and let me know what you are comfortable with. Feel free to ask any questions you have at all.
Talking: Talking during a massage is optional. Some people prefer silence, especially during a massage for relaxation, while others like more social interaction. Always feel free to give met feedback on anything causing discomfort. I may ask you for feedback to make sure you are getting the best massage possible.
Oil: I only use Bon Vital Naturale massage oil. It is a blend of jojoba, safflower, grapseed, apricot and peach kernel oils. It has 100% all natural ingredients enriched with sea algea and green tea extract. It absorbs easily into the skin and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, not greasy. It's water soluable and completely unscented.
Hair and Make-up: Massage of the face, scalp or neck may result in disturbing your makeup or hair-style. Let me know if this is a concern. I can modify my technique to be especially careful or just skip it all together.
Pain: Whether you will feel any pain during the massage depends on many factors, including your physical conditon, the reason for the massage, your pain tolerance, and my technique. Discuss this before the massage and give feedback during the session. Tense muscles are often sore, and may hurt a little when massaged....It's more like a "hurts so good" kind of feeling. Sometimes there is a delayed soreness after a massage. Take a hot shower or bath (Epsom salt works wonders in the tub. The magnesium in it sooths sore muscles) and drink plenty of water to help remove waste products flushed out during the massage and to stay hydrated. This is especially important after your first massage. The more massage your receive, the less likely you will experience post massage soreness.
Length of Session: Massage sessions last from 30 to 90 minutes. The amount of time depends on the purpose of the session.
Are there any restrictions? There will be some situations that I may ask you to get a referral from your doctor. Sometimes massage is contra-indicated. Some examples would be uncontrolled high blood pressure or diabetes, heart disease, recent surgery or fractrues, phlebitis, fever or other problem conditions. In some cases, limited restrictions apply, and in rare cases, massage should be avoided all together. If in doubt, consult your doctor.
What health information should I provide? I will ask you to provide basic information about your past and current health. This information is used to help plan the massage session, and to insure your safety. Important information includes any major health problems your have, medications you are taking, allergies, state of pregnancy, and recent accidents or injuries. There will written forms to fill out. More information may be requested if a specific health problem is being addressed than for a general massage session. All information is kept confidential as per the client/therapist confientiality agreement.
Payment: Payment is due upon completion of the session in the form of cash, check or credit/debit card. Tipping is accepted but not expected.
Missed appointment: If you must cancel your appointment, please give the courtesy of 24 hours. Appointments cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled time, or a no show appointment, will be charged for the entire amount of the session that was scheduled. Please understand that I have set this time aside specifically for you and if you don't show up to your appointment, and I am unable to fill your spot, my business loses money and time.
Insurance: Most insurance companies DO NOT cover massage. Few health savings will cover it, so ask for a receipt to send in to your insurance company to get reimbursed.
Sexual comments: ANY type of sexually suggestive comment will not be tolerated PERIOD!!! It will be taken as soliciation and will be reported to the authorities. Enough said.
Be an active participant in the session. Ask questions about things your don't understand, make your wishes know, and let me know if your are uncomfortable at any time. I would rather have you tell me if there is something you don't like than leave and never come back. Above all, relax and enjoy your massage.