How early should I arrive for my appointment?
If this is your first session, please arrive 15 minutes early to give you and your therapist time to discuss your goals and establish an initial treatment plan. After your first session, please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to discuss the results of your last session and your goals for today's session.
The outside studio door will be locked during your session. For this reason, you may find the door locked if you arrive earlier than 15 minutes prior to your session.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your session will take place at the Vitality studio in a private, comfortable and quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax (you can even suggest your own musical preference).
Will the therapist and I be alone at the studio?
Yes. For general safety, the outside studio door will be locked during your session. For this reason, you may find the door locked if you arrive earlier than 15 minutes prior to your session.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed. However, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear and you should undress to your level of comfort. Removing your underwear is perfectly acceptable since you will be under a sheet and blanket at all times and only the appropriate area being worked on will be exposed (arm, leg, back, etc.).
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
You will be left in privacy while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask any questions about techniques or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. You may feel slightly sore after your session, and it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
Are there any conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that you complete your general health intake form prior to your session. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
Should I refer to my therapist as "Masseuse" or "Massage Therapist"?
The short answer: Massage Therapist. The titles masseur and masseuse have a long and colorful history related to massage. Both terms were used to describe men and women, respectively, who provided massage in exchange for payment. But by the 1950's both terms became synonymous with prostitutes operating under the guise of providing “massage,”.
Over the past 30+ years, massage professionals have worked to help enact laws that protect titles reflecting their professional training and standards. Today, state laws protect these titles including massage therapist, massage practitioner and massage technician.