Are there different kinds of massage?
Yes, there are many different styles. I primarily use classical Swedish massage techniques. Long strokes and kneading motions are used, pressure can vary from light to deep, at a generally slower rate to achieve a relaxing effect. I also integrate myofascial techniques, joint mobilizations, reflexology, and hydrotherapy.
How should I prepare for a massage?
On the day of your massage, hydrate. Drink lots of water and have a light snack beforehand. Wear comfortable clothing, and you’ll have to remove your jewelry, so perhaps leave it at home.
Arrive a few minutes early, as upon your first visit we need to fill out a Health History Form and a Consent Form. Also, if you would like me to direct bill your insurance provider, please bring your insurance card, and a doctor’s prescription, if it is required. You should know what coverage your provider offers and be prepared to pay for any costs not covered by insurance at the end of your treatment.
I accept credit cards, e-transfers, cheques, and cash.
What to expect in the treatment room?
Within the treatment room you will find a large treatment table (in the winter it is heated) covered with clean white sheets and a blanket, a chair, and a coat rack for your belongings. Soft music is playing, and the lighting is dimmed. There is an ensuite washroom.
Will I be naked?
Massage is traditionally performed with the client undressed. You will remove as much or as little clothing as is comfortable for you.
I will leave the room while you undress, get on the table, and cover yourself with the sheet and blanket. You will be covered (draped) at all times, with only the area currently being massaged exposed.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Before we begin, you and I will discuss your condition, desired outcomes, and treatment plan. This will determine what parts of your body will be massaged. If at any time you are uncomfortable, you have the option to stop or modify the plan and I will end the session or move on to another area. You will not be touched near your genitals or breasts.
What should I do during the massage?
Relax. You do not have to talk to me and it is ok to drift off to sleep. If at any time you are uncomfortable, e.g. too hot, too cold, or in need of a washroom break, you can let me know and I will make the necessary adjustments. And if your stomach gurgles or you pass gas, it is normal! There is no need for embarrassment.
It is extremely important that you tell me if I am hurting you. Some “good pain” can be expected and even welcome, but if it exceeds your tolerance levels, you need to inform me. Pain is not necessary and not an indication of a beneficial treatment.
Will lotion be used?
Yes, I use an organic massage gel made by Sacred Earth Botanicals. It is nut oil free and fragrance free. By request, I also have a cannabis and essential oil infused grapeseed massage oil, for an even more relaxing experience.
How long will the session last?
Treatments are typically 60 minutes long, but 30 or 90-minute sessions are also an option.
How often should I have a massage?
Frequency depends a lot on why you are seeking massage, as well as your budget.
If you are dealing with the general tension of everyday stress, work, and time demands, a monthly massage may be enough to sustain you. On the other hand, if you are seeking massage for chronic pain or an acute injury, you may need more frequent sessions.
If massage is part of your regular health regimen, then it is more likely the effects will endure. In other words; the effects of massage are cumulative, like any healthy habit. The more often you get a massage, the greater and longer-lasting the benefits.
What are the benefits of massage?
Massage can help release chronic muscle tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also know to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there conditions that make massage inadvisable?
Yes. This is why we need to complete a Health History Form before your first session. Conditions such as severe unstable hypertension or high blood pressure, deep vein thrombosis or hemophilia, and fevers or contagious conditions could mean massage is not recommendable.
If you are ill, please call and cancel your appointment. I will do my best to reschedule as soon as you are well.
Some muscle soreness is to be expected. I encourage you to drink plenty of water, and if possible, a long soak in a nice hot Epsom salt bath as soon as possible is beneficial.