For New Clients
in a Relaxation Massage, Hot Stone Massage or Reflexology Session
When you make an appointment by phone or email, I will ask you a few brief
questions about your health, and send you a new client packet with information, health history form
and easy directions to my home office.
During your first visit, we spend about 15 minutes discussing
your health history and any issues or concerns you may have, including any areas of pain,
discomfort, problems, past surgeries, injuries or illnesses. This information will help
me determine the therapies that may help you feel better.
The wonderful benefit of
aromatherapy (if desired) is included at no extra charge. Together we will select your choice of therapeutic
essential oils. Note that if you are sensitive to fragrance, or prefer no aromatherapy, I will
provide your session without essential oils.
All music is
specifically chosen to assist relaxation and stress relief. Your choices include contemporary spa
music, mello instrumental, quiet classical music, New Age, Celtic, yoga music
or soothing vocal selections.
for the Massage
After I leave the room you undress to your comfort level (in
privacy) and recline on my very comfortable massage table. Please note that in a professional
massage you are always completely covered with a sheet (and a blanket if it's cold) and only the
area being worked on is uncovered for comfort and to protect your privacy. Note that draping is
required for all sessions.
My goal is to make you as comfortable as
possible and I want you to ask if you have a question andr tell me immediately if
something needs to be adjusted (you want less pressure, you are cold or
hot, need another pillow, etc...).
session warm fragrant, smooth oiled stones are used for therapeutic massage of your muscles -
on your shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs, calves & feet. The massage is always
customized to your needs for pain relief, tension release and relaxation. Your
tension and stress will just melt as you move into even deeper relaxation.
Special warm (and sometimes, cool) stones may be placed on top of the sheet on your tummy
& chest, some stones may be placed under your shoulders & back, arms, legs and feet
and even between the toes! Small warm or cool stones may be gently placed on your face.
They feel wonderful, are good for sinuses. Massage on your feet and hands with warm
fragrant stones feels wonderful and is fantastic for increasing circulation.
You may also choose to have a regular Relaxation
Massage without stones.
Note - I do not massage the breast area on women. I will do abdominal massage
only if you are comfortable with it and by your specific request.
My goal is to make your experience the best it can be. You are in control at all
times, so I will ask if you want more or less pressure or need something else to be totally
Please ask questions! And tell me if you like or dislike something!
My goal is to provide you with a wonderful relaxing, experience to assist you to totally relax
What if I'm
If you are
sensitive and ticklish, not to worry. I use firmer touch so it does NOT tickle, but feels really
good. I have never had a client (even those with ticklish feet) who did not completely enjoy their
Hot Stone or Reflexology experience.
If you choose a Reflexology session (without massage) then I will
advise you to wear very comfortable clothing - elastic waist shorts or capris and comfy shirt.
The Reflexology session is done on feet and sometimes your hands. It includes the
wonderful benefits of hot stones as well as therapeutic essential oils for stress relief,
pain relief, and increased circulation.
If you have chosen one of the other therapies (Ah-Shiatsu Barefoot Massage, or Tibetan Singing Bowls, please click on each link to see the
specific details about these therapies.
The mind and body are connected and we all store
emotions in our body - "the issues are in the tissues." All types of massage, bodywork, yoga
and breath work are great therapies to help process and release emotions before they get
'frozen or stuck' in the tissues, and also to help us release old emotional patterns that no
longer serve us. Sometimes as muscle tightness and tension is released, the body/mind will
release an emotion, and regular bodywork greatly assists this process (a good thing to remain
healthy). A feeling of emotional release may happen during a session or 1-3 days after the
session, depending on your process.
As a massage therapist and body worker, my goal is to assist you in
your process. Know that if you feel sad or joyful, it is perfectly ok to feel and express those
feelings. Sometimes you may even feel like crying or laughing and if that happens it is perfectly
ok. Reflexology, Massage other body therapies are
holistic modalities that touch your body, mind, and spirit.
After Your Session
You should feel very relaxed and refreshed at the end of the session.
You may also feel slightly ‘spacey’ after the massage as as you experience release of muscle
tension, release of deep toxins and relaxation. After your session I will ask you to sit
for a few minites and drink water and I will give you information about stretches and
self-care you can do to feel better.
Drink Lots of Water
Remember your body
is cleansing and balancing so WATER is important! Please drink at least 16 oz. (2 full 8 oz
glasses) of pure water (or herbal teas without caffeine) in the next 24 hours. The more
water the better, since toxins are being eliminated. You may experience
more sinus drainage or increased urination. If you experience slight muscle soreness the next
day, please continue to drink extra water to flush out the
toxins. You also
may experience more energy than usual the next day. If you are more tired, get extra sleep.
This is all perfectly normal and means your body is cleansing and