Please be at the location 10 minutes early to stay in the allotted time. If you are a new client, there will be a 2 page "client intake form" to fill out. If you are late or completely miss your appointment, you will be charged for the full session. Sometimes I may be able to accommodate you with the full duration if there are no clients scheduled after you, but don't count on that. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy in effect- unless there is an emergency of course. Please make changes no later than 24 hours before your appointment.
To be nude or not to be nude.
In the United States, it is most common to remove all clothing and get underneath the table sheets. However, this is entirely unnecessary and we wish to respect our clients comfortability levels along with our own. You will be asked to remove all clothing, except undergarments, which are to remain on. Our therapist are skilled professionals, who can effectively treat your issues in a respectful way.
Preparing for your appointment.
Shower. If we're at a race and I work on you, obviously this does not apply. Don't worry about shaving your legs or doing your make up. When I'm working I am focused beyond skin deep. Don't get a massage if you have a rash or open wound that's not dressed. If you have an injury, or post surgical issue and have an MRI that could be beneficial for your therapist prior to your massage, bring it with you.
Communicate with your therapist.
Nothing is worse than not liking the pressure level, it was too cold or hot, the bolster is in the wrong spot, etc. Massage Therapists WANT you to tell them what your preferences are. We do not take these things personally. If you would like a quiet massage with no talking, I will mirror you. I will only ask you about pressure preferences or medical questions pertaining to the body work being done. If you want to talk about the weather or your weekend, please feel free to do that as well.
Inappropriate Conduct It's unfortunate that massage therapists even have to address this subject, but they do. So the answer is: No, medical massage has nothing to do with any inappropriate conduct. If any inappropriate conduct or discussions take place on behalf of the client in the massage session, the session will immediately end and you will be liable for the full price of the session. Flirting, inappropriate touching, and sexual innuendos will not be tolerated. Just Don't Do It.
Gratuity is completely up to the client and in no way mandatory. Like in other service industries, providing a tip is usually done in response to excellent service. According to CNNMoney.com, the tipping norm for massage and bodywork services is 15-20 percent. If you are using a credit card to pay for your session, there will be an option to do this.