Massage-Safe Zone

Massage IS:

  • Massage helps those with anxiety, limited range of motion, and discomfort to feel reliefA holistic wellness modality practiced by a professional, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), who has taken 650+ to thousands of hours of education in Physiology, Pathology, Biology, Professional Development and Technique.

  • A holistic wellness modality that can reduce pain and increase range of motion through manipulation of muscle and soft-tissue via gliding and kneading strokes, cross-fiber friction, compressions, and myofascial techniques, etc., as practiced by a certified and licensed professional.

  • A holistic wellness modality that can help those suffering from anxiety, depression, and feelings of fatigue by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.

  • A holistic wellness modality that is gaining more and more recognition in western medicine; being suggested by medical professionals as complementary long-term wellness regimen to aid individuals suffering from chronic medical conditions.

Massage IS NOT:

  • Any service provided by an untrained, unlicensed person or facility that is not recognized by or listed on the state’s licensing website as a legitimate practice.

  • Any service involving illegal and/or unethical behaviors.

  • Any service involving sensual or sexual favors.

  • Any service provided that does not take into consideration the client’s medical history and current health, along with his or her short-term and long-term wellness goals. Legitimate practices require first-time visitors to fill out an intake form much like one that would be completed at a doctor’s office.

Your First Visit

Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for your first massage session.What to Expect
The day of your first session, please plan to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early so that you will have adequate time to fill out an intake form covering your current health, and massage therapy goals. Your therapist will take time to review this form with you, discuss your needs, and create a plan for your care. At future sessions you should plan to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to your scheduled session time.

New guests will need to provide a valid photo ID or drivers license that will be photocopied and kept on file, much as you would at a doctor's office or other wellness facility.

The Nature of Booking
Please understand that the time your session is scheduled for is the time that the hands-on portion of your visit is set to begin. Out of respect for the session times of other guests to our center, those who arrive exactly on or after the time hands-on should begin will only receive the amount of time remaining in their session slot. For example, if a session is booked for 3PM and the guest arrives exactly at 3PM, the therapist will greet the guest, guide the guest through the intake process, leave the room to allow the guest to get on table comfortably, and return to complete the hands-on portion of the session which will end at 4PM. The guest will still be responsible for paying for a full hour of time.

Sessions that begin later than scheduled cannot be extended, as your therapist needs time to clean and reset the room after your appointment before the next guest of our center arrives.

Getting Ready
Following the intake process, your therapist will instruct you to undress to your own level of comfort and to lay on the massage table under both a sheet and a blanket. Your therapist will leave the room at this time, wash their hands, and return once you are comfortably on the table under the sheet and blanket. Your therapist will only uncover the area that is being worked on at a given time (i.e. the arm, the leg, the back), and will re-cover the area when they move on. Both table heat and air conditioning can be adjusted to ensure your comfort during the session.

During Your Session
Your therapist will work according to your care plan for your session, and will check in with you regarding the pressure. Your comfort during the session is important to us -- Please let your therapist know at any time if anything (table heat, pressure, face cradle height) needs to be adjusted. Our office uses unscented Coconut Oil for most massage therapy sessions. Our essential oil massage oils have a Sunflower Oil base. We also have plain Sunflower Oil for guests who cannot use Coconut Oil.

Safety
Our office has a zero tolerance policy with regard to inappropriate (rude, vulgar, aggressive or sexual) remarks or behavior. Violations of this policy will result in immediate forfeit of the massage session, without refund, and violators will not be allowed to book sessions in the future.

Following Your Session
Your therapist will meet you with a bottle of water. In a healthy individual, proper hydration aids the body and its systems to function at their best. Your therapist will have suggestions for future massage work, and for self-care between sessions. After your visit, to prevent muscle strain or injury, we suggest that guests try to refrain from strenuous work for the rest of the day.

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