Questions that you might be embarrassed to ask your Massage Therapist
A massage can have many healthy advantages and render many benefits, but if you've never had a massage before or even after your first massage you may be left with a few questions surrounding massage etiquette. And I understand the concern. After all - there is something about being in a room with a complete stranger while receiving a massage. Here, I have listed a few frequently asked questions about Massage Therapy that you may have before coming in for your massage.
What to expect?
You can expect your treatment at PATHS to be tailored to meet your needs. I or my friendly staff will welcome you and ask you to fill out a quick questionnaire regarding your medical history, past or present injuries, whether you are pregnant, or other physical conditions that we should be aware of prior to your service. If you are booking online, please be aware certain services are not available for pregnant women, oncology patients, or those with certain medical conditions. Please call to book your service.
I your Licensed / Certified / Registered Massage Therapist will begin the process with a consultation where we listen to you and come to understand your particular concerns. I'll review your information, including current conditions that might affect treatment or if there is a specific area or challenge upon which you'd like us to focus. During future visits, I or one of my affiliate Massage Therapists will ask about any changes, further tailoring your experience.
Once the consultation is complete, I (or any of the therapists working with you at PATHS) will leave the room where you will be left to undress to your comfort level in the privacy of the room. I or my staff will check with you before re-entering the treatment room to perform the treatment. Once the treatment session has completed, the therapist will exit the treatment room, allowing you time and complete privacy to dress. Once dressed, you will be provided a post treatment assessment and recomendations for a self-care plan.
Q: Am I supposed to leave a tip?
Although tips are greatly appreciated they are not expected at PATHS. I am a licensed health care practitioner and report to various the medical boards in the states in which I am licensed. PATHS is a Clinic with Spa like amenities and atmosphere Even those coming in for a spa like treatment, my process is all part of the healing and recovery process. Any donations or tips received will be applied to free clinic days that I attempt to run each month to support various military and veterans groups, those in need of special care and special populations.
Q: How much clothing should you remove?
Undress to your comfort level. It is totally up to you. This is your massage, and you simply undress to your comfort level. This is really nice, but, I realize it's also not totally helpful in your decision-making. The massage therapist will leave the room so that you may change your clothing and lie on the massage table under the top sheet. You will always receive a knock and be asked if you are ready before myself or any of my team members enter the massage room.
It is possible to receive a massage fully clothed, but your massage therapist will be limited as to what they can do. They'll be able to work on your various body parts but you'll be missing out on the fluidity and thoroughness that comes when the therapist treats the whole muscle, end to end and doesn't have to stop for a clothing adjustment. Plus with your clothes on you run the risk of getting massage lotion or oil on them. For sports-massage, stretch-therapy and Thai-massage, typically the clothing remains on and typically clients select athletic wear similar to what they would wear at the gym, workout or yoga.
Many people opt to take off just the top layer as a nice balance between allowing skin access while maintaining a degree of modesty. Keep in mind, however, that if an area you need work on is covered by either a bra strap or underwear band, then this too will break up the end-to-end muscle treatment. This being said, with minimal clothing on your skin, your therapist will have a relatively easy time working around it. You can always ask your therapist before getting changed.
If opting for no clothing enables you to relax the most, and it's important to you for your massage therapist to be able to massage with long, uninterrupted strokes. Please keep in mind that if you opt for no clothing, your massage therapist is required to leave your private areas covered by the sheets on the massage table for the entire duration of your massage. In fact only the area of your body being worked on will ever be undraped. Your private areas will never be exposed, and even when you turn over, the therapist will hold up the blankets so they are unable to see you while you turn.
The most important objective, regardless of your level of undress, is your health and happiness. I or my affiliates can accommodate any level of clothing that you choose. My goal is for you to experience healing and wellness, each and every time you have a massage.
Q: What if you feel self-conscious about your body?
Being self-conscious shouldn't keep you from seeking health care, whether it's visiting your doctor or seeing a massage therapist. A professional massage therapist will be nonjudgmental and focused on your muscles. You can request that the massage therapist avoid certain areas. If you didn't have time to shave your lefs, not to worry. Whether or not there is hair on your leg is of no concern to your massage therapist.
Q: Should you make conversation during the massage?
Although some people prefer to talk throughout the massage, don't feel like you have to make conversation with the massage therapist. After all, you're having a treatment. Clients and patients are encouraged to communicate through out the massage in regards to pressure, pain and overall comfort. Deep tissue massage and sports massage are just some of the types of massage that require more feedback. I will often work on deeper layers of muscle and will want to ensure that the pressure is comfortable.
Q: What if you have to go to the bathroom during your massage?
Going to the bathroom before the massage begins is ideal, but if you need to urinate during the massage, be sure to let the massage therapist know. Holding it for the duration of the massage isn't comfortable or conductive to relaxing. If it happens, we have robes that you can slip on to walk to the restroom.
Q: How do you determine whether a massage clinic is legit?
If you're trying a new clinic, spa or private practice, its a good idea to call first and ask these questions:
Do you offer therapeutic massage? Is the massage therapist certified or licensed and where is he/se licensed? Do you require a health questionnaire of your clients?
Note: A licensed massage therapist will not uncover or come into contact with any innapropriate or private parts of the body.
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Q: How do you book online?