- Is massage a luxury or necessity?
- How should I choose a massage therapist?
- What kind of massage therapy do you do?
- What should I wear to my appointment?
- What can I expect during a massage session?
- Do I have to undress?
- What length massage should I schedule?
- How often should I get a massage?
- What payment forms do you accept?
- What about tips?
- What should I do after my massage?
- Do you have a referral program?
- What if I need to cancel my appointment?
Because massage feels so good, it is sometimes perceived as being a luxury. However, consider the benefits of massage. Research has shown that massage has such positive impacts as reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, increasing blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxing muscles, improving range of motion, boosting the immune system, and increasing endorphins.
Clearly, massage is a natural part of a healthy lifestyle and regular massage, rather than being a luxury, is a valuable investment in your health and well-being.
Ultimately, your choice of a massage therapist is a matter of personal preference. Therapists will vary in how they interact with you, how responsive they are to your concerns, and techniques that they incorporate into their massages. You should choose a massage therapist that makes you feel comfortable. As your therapist I will listen carefully to your concerns, clearly explain to you what to expect, design a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and adjust the massage according to your response and feedback.
Each massage I give is a unique blend of techniques designed to address your particular issues at any given session. My ‘tool bag’ is filled with an eclectic mix of relaxation, therapeutic, and energy techniques including: Swedish, neuromuscular therapy, jin shin do (acupressure), lomi lomi, reiki, lymphatic, cranial sacral, and tui na approaches to massage therapy.
There are no specific requirements about what to wear to a massage appointment. After your treatment, you may still have some massage cream on your skin that has not been absorbed, so you should plan accordingly.
- Arrival – If you are a new client, or if it has been more than a year since you last completed an intake form, you will need to complete an intake form. You are able to print and fill out Create Thrive Grow’s Massage Intake Form ahead of time. Otherwise, you may fill it out at your appointment.
- Consultation – Before your massage begins, we will talk about your health concerns and goals for your massage. You will be encouraged to ask questions.
- Getting on the Table – I will leave the treatment room to wash my hands while you undress (see next question below) and get on the table. However, if for health reasons you need assistance getting on the table, just ask – assistance can be provided while maintaining your modesty.
- During the Massage – You will be draped with a sheet at all times. Only the area that I am working on will be exposed. Part way through the massage, you will be asked to turn over, so that the other side of your body can be massaged. I will ask periodically about the pressure I am using and your temperature. You will be encouraged to speak up if at any point you are uncomfortable, so that I can adjust the pressure and temperature to maximize your comfort.
- After the Massage – I will leave the room while you get off the table and get your clothes back on. When you come out of the treatment room, I will offer you a drink, follow up with you about how you are feeling after the treatment, and talk with you about plans for your next massage.
The decision about what clothes to remove and what to leave on is your decision to make. You will be asked to undress (in private) to your comfort level before getting on the table. You should never feel uncomfortable. I will adapt to whatever your comfort level is. In making your decision, you should understand that most massage techniques are most effective when applied directly to your skin. Some techniques are not possible through clothing and this may impact the effectiveness of your treatment. Generally, most clients take off all their clothing except their underwear. Your modesty will be protected at all times during the massage- both Create Thrive Grow and the state of Wisconsin have strict rules about draping, and the only part of you that will be exposed at any time will be the area being massaged.
- 60 Minutes – allows for a full body treatment only if your goal is strictly relaxation. If your goal is to relax tight muscles, we will likely need to skip one or more areas to allow time to adequately address your issues.
- 90 Minutes– a great choice to address problem areas AND still be able to receive a full body treatment.
How often you get massages will depend on your goals, your condition, and your financial and time constraints.
Massage has its greatest benefits over time. Many people find that once a month suits their needs, but some come more frequently. Recent injuries and chronic issues will likely benefit from more frequent massages.
It is always best to listen to your body and call for an appointment when you feel your problem reemerging and before you are in significant discomfort.
I accept cash, check, and credit card.
Tips are certainly not required or expected, but they will be graciously accepted if you wish to use this as a method to show appreciation for a job well done. The greatest form of flattery is to come back to Create Thrive Grow for regular massages, and to refer all your family and friends to come here as well.
It is ideal if you can have some quiet time following the massage. This will give you an opportunity to adjust to your new relaxed state. If you simply instantly leap back into life as usual, your mind and body will both likely revert right back to their old habits.
Drink a lot of water for several days after your massage to help flush the cellular waste sent into your system from your massage. The goal is to get these toxins out of your body. If you don’t drink enough, they will simply re-lodge someplace else in your body.
Absolutely! Earn a $5 Referral Appreciation Coupon for every new client you refer to me. Use them as you earn them, or save them and earn a FREE massage.
Sending your family and friends to me may not seem like an important thing to do, but by doing so, you are helping them take charge of their health, and you are helping me to meet new clients. Mother Theresa once said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so at least 48 hours in advance. If you cancel less than 48 hours in advance, and I can’t fill your appointment time with another client, you will be expected to pay for your appointment, unless there are extenuating circumstances like illness, accident, death…
If you are sick, PLEASE STAY HOME! If you have a fever, I cannot treat you. If you have a cold or other nasty illness, you need rest, not massage. Plus, I appreciate not getting sick!