Frequently Asked Questions...
- Will I be covered during the session?
Yes, you will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be undraped.
- What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. However, each person and session varies and can be catered to your specific needs.
- Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed or wearing underwear; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort! You will be properly draped during the entire session.
- Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
No, I will leave the room while you undress. Relax onto the table underneath the clean sheet and blanket, and cover up until I return.
- What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the me any questions. During the massage, make yourself comfortable and feel free to ask me questions then as well. Many people just close their eyes and 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 sensation you're experiencing while receiving the work, please feel free to let me know.
-What if I fall asleep?
I have clients fall asleep all the time. Often, they apologize upon waking up. I simply tell them "No worries". There's no greater sign that you're relaxed and comfortable than when you fall asleep." It's also a sign of trust.
- Should I chat with the therapist during my session?
If talking helps you relax, then feel free. But there's never any expectation for you to talk during your session unless you want to. My only request is to tell me if you're feeling any discomfort, so I can adjust the pressure to your comfort level.
- How much pressure does the therapist use?
If you would like me to use more or less pressure, please say so at any time during your session. Communication is KEY!
- Is it safe to use a muscle relaxant or pain relievers before receiving a massage?
No, it's recommended that you NOT take anything like this prior to your session. It can impaired your perception of the pain you're experiencing while receiving the work and could create more of an issue. Communication is preferred here.
- Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, I use the Square device. It allows me to accept ALL major credit cards. I also accept checks, cash & Venmo.
- Do I need to leave a tip?
Tipping is never required or expected. While this is a service industry it is up to client if leave a tip or not.
- How often do I need a massage / when should I rebook?
Life can be hectic, but this is an investment in yourself. Massage is cumulative - the more you come, the better we are able to work to achieve your goals. Generally, I suggest if you're working on a injury or specific condition a few times a week, weekly or bi-weekly can work best until the problem is healed. If it's stress reduction and overall wellness is your goal monthly seems to work well. Don't forget to rebook before you leave to ensure your preferred appointment date and time is confirmed.
- How long should I book my session for?
People generally start with a 60 minute session. That allows enough time for a full body massage. A 30/45 minutes session is ample time for work on a specific area – such as back, neck or a certain conditions you're dealing with. However, a 75/90 minute session allows for focused work as well as full body / general relaxation. Be sure to arrive on time to receive your full time on the table!
- Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the Health Intake Forms (form can be located on "hours & scheduling" page) prior to your session and discuss with me anything you feel I should know about your condition(s).
-Why no Gift Certificates?
Please note: Effective September 2020, LR Massage Therapy is no longer selling gift certificates.
I am sorry for the any inconvenience, I am not longer accepting new clients. Why? Because I am only in business part-time after COVID-19, and wish to offer my services for my long standing clientele. If you would like a referral, please take a look at my "Trust Recommendations" tab on this website.
-Why have you gone part-time?
Well that's a whole story in itself, but the short answer is that my body is deciding this for me. It seems Mr. Arthritis has come to join the party. =)) It simply boils down to taking better care of myself, and that requires me to take a step back from the massage table.
-Why have to closed your practice for new clients?
Having to move to a part-time work schedule only allows for so many appointments in one day or week. I feel its only fair to hold those spots for my existing clientele. I do trust in the other therapist that I have recommended in the "Trusted Recommendations" section here on my website, have a look.
--- Still have questions that I haven't answered here? No problem! Feel free to click on the "Contact Me today" page and send me a message. I'm here to help, and always happy to answer any questions!