A first massage can be a little scary not knowing what to expect. So, let’s set your mind at ease. A massage can be fun, relaxing, relieving and rewarding. Arrive 10-15 minutes early, park in the street and come on in the front door into our lobby. You will be welcomed by soft music, cozy furniture and Queen Francoise “Sparky”, our Betta fish. In the summertime we may have goodies from our garden for you to nibble on or take home with you. A “New Client Intake” form will be on the coffee table ready for you to fill out. Have a cup of tea, make yourself comfortable, and give us as much information as possible for us to address your goals. You can browse through our library, sit on the porch or slide your feet in our shiatsu foot massager. We will come greet you at your appointment time and direct you to your treatment room, where we’ll review your intake form together.
Your massage can be performed either with clothing on or off. If you want to remove your clothes, we will step out of the room while you undress to your comfort level and lie down under the blanket. When we return, we will knock to make sure you are ready, enter the room, dim the lights and start some relaxing music (if you choose).
Our massages typically take 90 minutes, and we will communicate with you throughout the entire session about comfort, depth of pressure, what feels good and what doesn’t, and we will adjust accordingly. We will use different types of strokes, long slow, short and quick, deep and shallow, friction, clapping, kneading and pinching. We may rotate some joints, twists and holds. We might use our thumbs, our fingers, our knuckles, the heel of our hand, our forearm, our elbow and sometimes even our feet as tools. We may use pillows, bolsters, rollers, stretches, heat or ice packs, essential oils, hot stones, cups, tuning forks and other tools.
We will check in with you periodically, asking if there’s anything you like or dislike or want us to do differently. We will notify you when the session is complete and ask you take a moment to slowly get up and get dressed while we step out of the room. You can crack the door when you are ready, and we will rejoin you with a glass of water, ask you how you are doing, give you some homework tips, take your payment and schedule your next session. The main thing to know is that your first session we will both be getting to know each other, and we will go at a pace that works for you and communicate often. If anything doesn’t feel comfortable, we will stop and adjust. After your session, we’ll invite you to take a few moments to relax in our lobby or on the front porch and ease back into your phone, your car and your life. We’ll send you an email request for comments taking your feedback seriously to better your experience and that of those who come after you.
A few words on gas. One of our teachers says, “it’s not a good massage unless one of us farts.”
So, let it all go!!