What to expect
...when you come in for a massage
If you’re a new client, you’ll have an online intake form to ﬁll out regarding your health history and to identify any contraindications.
We will discuss your reason for seeking treatment and your goals. In the treatment room, you’ll be asked to undress to your level of comfort and I will indicate how I would like you to lay on the the treatment table. I will leave the room while you undress and get under the covers. When I return, I’ll ask you about your comfort on the table, room temperature and if the music is to your liking.
I will perform some techniques on top of the blankets and some directly on your skin. You will be modestly draped at all times. I will work mostly in silence to allow you to go into a more relaxed state. Occasionally I will ask you about the amount of pressure being applied. Please feel free at any time to ask for adjustments. My goal is to give you the massage that you desire, and I rely on you to give me feedback.
After your treatment we can discuss the results of the massage, what you are feeling, plans for future visits and I will answer any questions you might have. You will also be given some instructions for home care if needed. Some people may feel a bit disoriented after a massage. Taking a few moments to enjoy a glass of water or cup of warm herbal tea is a nice transition back to reality.
...when you come for a Myofascial Release treatment
If you’re a new client, you’ll have an online intake form to ﬁll out regarding your health history and to identify any contraindications. I will do a postural assessment and we’ll discuss your reason for seeking treatment and your goals. Then comes treatment. After treatment you will be taught how to treat yourself and stretch at home to support and continue your healing.
Please wear gym shorts (for men) and a two piece bathing suit, gym shorts and a sports bra or tank top (for women). The purpose of this is so that I can see your body and touch your skin while allowing you to be comfortable moving. Please do not apply any lotion to your skin on the day of treatment as I need to be directly on your skin without sliding.
Myofascial Release is a whole body therapy. You will be guided into basic deep breathing to aid in relaxation of your mind and physical body. This allows treatment to be more effective. You are in total control of your session and if at any time you want your therapist to ease up or stop your wishes will be respected.
The areas of pain and tension will be treated along with other areas that are related to your symptoms. Treating the cause as well as the symptoms is paramount in your healing process.
It is normal to feel sensations in other areas of your body as one area is being treated. Sometimes therapeutic or “good pain” is felt during treatment. Feelings or emotions can also come up and that is completely normal. It is good to say what you are feeling both physically and emotionally.
After your treatment, we will discuss the results of the treatment, what you are feeling, plans for future visits and will answer any questions you might have. We can go over new self treatment techniques and stretches to do at home as needed.
The release process continues for several days after the treatment. Your body is going through profound changes and therapeutic pain is a normal part of the healing process as the body adapts to the structural changes that have occurred. Therapeutic pain does not always occur, but can feel like soreness or a ﬂare up of symptoms followed by a remarkable improvement. Increasing your water intake can help to ease discomfort in this process.
Emotions are a normal part of life, and you may experience a release of emotion after treatment. Allow these emotions to come. Don’t worry about “ﬁguring them out”, instead just allow yourself to experience them knowing that this is all part of the process and that suppressing them will hinder your progress. Enjoy the changes that you are experiencing!
...when you come in for waxing
It's important that you fill out an online client intake form. Some medications and medical conditions are a contraindication for waxing.
If you're getting a larger area waxed (legs, back, arms) exfoliating the day before will help to prep the area for the best waxing.
Please let me know if you are taking any new medications or if you have a new medical condition. How did your skin respond after your lest session?
I'm not going to lie, waxing doesn't feel good and some areas are more sensitive than others. I will be thorough and get the job done as quickly as possible! Some people use a numbing cream that I sell, No Scream Cream, before their appointment and lighten up on the caffeine to lessen the discomfort. Also, your skin tends to be more sensitive when you are menstruating so please plan around that.
To get the most out of waxing book your next appointment before you leave. It's so important to stay on a four week schedule all year long. This allows for the natural hair cycle to be in the best spot for waxing and after a few sessions your hair will be growing in thinner and more sparsely. Waxing exfoliates the skin so you need to treat it gently. Please avoid the sun, hot tubs, exercise or anything that causes you to perspire for the first 24 hours. If you have a reaction to waxing, please contact me! I can help you get your skin back on track. If you're getting a bikini or Brazilian wax, either go home commando while wearing a skirt or loose clothing or bring clean, loose underwear to put on afterwards. Tight underwear and pants rub and irritate the skin. For men getting a back wax, please bring a clean white T-shirt to wear home.
...when you come in for a facial
Please fill out the online skin care form before you come in. I want to know all about your skin! Every treatment is highly individualized so the more information I have, the more benefit you will receive. Some medical conditions and medications are a contraindication so this information is really important. Do you have questions about a particular product you are using? Bring it in and we can go over the ingredient deck together.
Update me as to what's going on with your skin today. How did it respond to your last facial? Are you using the products and homecare routine that I suggested? Any changes in your life or medical condition?
I want you to be as comfortable as possible and get the most out of our time together. Do you want me to discuss your skin with you during the facial? Do you just want to zone out today? Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. I am happy to provide information via email after our session so that you can just relax while the treatment is going on.
We'll go over every product I used during the facial and I'll make recommendations about what you can use and do at home to keep your skin looking and feeling as great as it does right now!