CANCELLATIONS & RESCHEDULING
A valid credit card is required at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation (you will not be charged until the time of service, and you’re free to use another form of payment at your session). You may cancel or change your appointment up to 24 hours in advance without penalty. For changes or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance, out of consideration to other clients and myself, you will be charged $80 for a 60-minute appointment and $110 for a 90-minute appointment (as an alternative option, you can choose to send someone else on your behalf). Cancellations can be done by calling or texting this number: (503) 970-8748. Cancellations via email are not accepted and clients will be charged the full amount of the reserved service. If you have any questions regarding cancellations or rescheduling please call me. Thank you kindly for your understanding and consideration.
NEW CLIENT PAPERWORK
Please print, complete, and bring the following Intake Form (or arrive 15 minutes early to complete):
ARRIVAL TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time. This allows you the time to fill out the appropriate client form (new clients), and change and prepare for the service. Early arrival allows for a relaxed and unhurried experience. If late arrival is inevitable, your service may be shortened in order to keep on schedule and the original treatment time may be charged.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The following are common questions about receiving a therapeutic massage:
1) What Can I Expect When I First Arrive?
During your first visit, you will be asked to bring in or fill out a health history form. Afterwards, I will ask you general questions to determine what areas you would like worked on, and to make sure massage is appropriate for you. I will also ask if there are any areas of your body you prefer that I not work on (for whatever reason). Don't hesitate to ask questions. If you're expecting something in particular, make sure to tell me. This will help me prioritize our time and give extra attention to any areas that need it.
2) Are There Any Reasons Why I Should NOT Get a Massage?
Sometimes a condition is an absolute contraindication for massage, but more often than not, I can modify your treatment to accommodate the condition. The general health intake form you fill out is designed to let me know of any medical conditions or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, I advise getting a written recommendation for massage prior to your session, and may require an approval. If you're unsure about whether a condition would prohibit you from getting a massage, call me before your appointment.
3) What If I'm Overweight, Underweight, or Embarrassed About My Body?
Many times I've heard people say they'd get a massage if they lost or gained weight first or didn't have things they disliked about their body. As a massage therapist, I have provided bodywork for individuals of every shape and size, from young to old. I will not judge your physique or your body. As a professional, I have found massage to be a wonderful gift to give everyone, regardless of age and body type, and am honored to offer relief to people in need of help or just wanting to enjoy the sense of touch. (read 12 Things Your Massage Therapist Doesn't Judge at
4) Where Will My Massage Session Take Place?
Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table under a sheet and blanket.
5) Who Will Perform the Massage?
Your session will be conducted by me, Kathy Prewitt. I am a professional Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), licensed by the State of Oregon and certified by the National Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapists.
6) What Do I Wear During the Massage?
Most people undress completely so that I can access all the muscle tissue and avoid getting oil on any undergarments. But it's more important that you undress to your level of comfort, so some people choose to wear underwear. I suggest you leave on whatever clothes are necessary for you to be relaxed. If removing all your clothes makes you uncomfortable and unable to relax, that will hinder receiving the optimal benefits of your massage.
7) Will the Massage Therapist be Present When I Disrobe?
After we talk, I will leave the room and give you privacy so you can disrobe, lie on the table, and completely cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket. Once you are on the table, I will knock on the door, ask if you are ready, and come back into the room.
8) Will I be Covered During the Session?
You will be properly covered and draped during the entire session to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area of your body being worked on will be exposed. If you request to have your abdominal muscles massaged, I will provide a towel to cover your chest and/or breasts for your comfort level.
9) Do I Have to Use a Sheet as a Drape?
Yes, in my practice covering with a sheet is required. If I see a client is undressed on top of the sheet instead of underneath it, I will explain that a drape is required and leave the room while they get beneath the sheet.
10) What Parts of My Body Will be Massaged?
A typical full body session will include work on your head, face, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, buttocks, legs, and feet. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female). Again, I will ask you at the start of the session if there are any parts of your body you prefer that I do not work on and adjust your massage based on your preferences. It is most important that you feel comfortable and relaxed.
11) What Happens During a Massage?
We will talk beforehand about whether to start lying on your stomach or on your back. If you start on your stomach, there will be a cushioned doughnut-shaped face rest where you will rest your face in. This allows you to be face down and keep your shoulder and neck muscles relaxed. There will also be a bolster on the table (a cylindrical cushion) for your ankles so you're not hyperextending your feet for an extended period of time. If you're lying on your back, your head will rest on the table and the bloster will go under your knees to prevent any hyperextension of your knee joint. From there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy.
Once I return to the room, I will start by undraping the section of the body that I will work on first, and apply oil to your skin. I will use a variety of strokes (this may include rubbing, kneading, vibration, percussion, stretching, rocking or pressure point work); whatever will work best for your muscles. If I stretch or rotate any joint, simply stay as relaxed and limp as you can, letting me move that part of your body to your level of comfort.
When I finish with one area of your body, I will put the drape back over that part, and undrape the next section to be massaged. At some point, you will be asked to roll over under the drape and scoot down on the table. Then I will continue with the other side of your body.
When the massage is over, I will explain how to gently get off the table, and you'll be left in private to get dressed again. You can wipe off any excess oil with the sheet. I will come back in the room after you've opened the door, ask you how you feel, and see if you have any concerns. This is a time when payment is made (unless you prefer to do it beforehand) and you can make your next appointment.
12) Will the Massage Oils Used Make Me Break-out?
I use hypoallergenic massage oils and lotions that are also cruelty-free, meaning they are free of animal products or testing. If you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please let me know.
13) What Should I Do During the Massage or Bodywork Session?
Make yourself comfortable. I may 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.
14) Can I Talk During a Massage?
The key to a massage is relaxation and allowing yourself to enjoy the experience, letting your mind float free. It's not uncommon for people to feel relaxed while they talk. Talking can help make a therapist more human and personal and make it easier to trust a therapist, which can in turn help a person relax. Many people talk in the initial stages of a massage, and as it progresses, they slip farther into a state of total relaxation and become quiet. Others are quiet during the entire session from start to finish. It is completely up to you -- this is your massage. I will follow your lead.
There are times when it's important that you speak up during your massage. If anything makes you uncomfortable, please bring it to my attention. If you're too cold or hot, the room is too bright and hard on your eyes, or if you prefer the strokes to be deeper or lighter, be sure to mention it. This is your massage, and I will not be offended in the least bit. I want you to leave feeling satisfied, and that your session was worthwhile. Feel free to speak up if something isn't working for you, or to ask me questions about the massage.
15) What Will the Massage Feel Like? Will the Massage Hurt?
How you feel depends on the techniques used and the depths of the strokes. I generally use a form of Swedish massage, starting with broad, flowing strokes to help calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure is gradually increased to relieve areas of muscular tension. Oil or lotion helps reduce friction and hydrate your skin.
A light massage will not hurt. A deeper massage like Ashiatsu works on muscles that are tight, and in many cases have been chronically tight for a long time, and may cause that "good hurt" feeling. Think of that "good hurt" as the feeling you get when you stretch a sore muscle during exercise. A sharp pain may indicate a muscle that has been injured and has some sort of inflammation. In this case, deep work is not indicated for that area. A deep massage with tight muscles may leave some residual soreness the next day.
Everybody has different thresholds of pain. The depth of a stroke may not be deep enough for one person's liking and may cause pain for another. Some people want the massage as deep as possible regardless of the soreness. Others want something much lighter and pleasing to help them relax rather than receiving deeper work that might be leave them feeling sore. I encourage you to give me feedback at any time during a massage about your preferences with regards to the depth of the strokes and/or if you feel any discomfort. Massage is generally most effective when your body is not resisting.
16) How Long Will the Session Last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation.
17) How Will I Feel After the Massage?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains. Some people experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. I recommend that you always allow relaxation time before and after the session. Hot tubs, steam baths and saunas can assist with relaxation.
18) What If a Massage Wasn't Quite What I Wanted?
After the session, once you are dressed, I will ask what you liked and what you would want changed if you chose to receive another massage from me. This will help me understand your preferences. Also, not every person clicks with every massage therapist. I encourage people to find a therapist who whose style matches your expectations and needs.
19) How Often Should I Receive a Massage?
The answer here depends on the reasons for receiving the massage. If it is for some injury relief, and to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life, weekly sessions may be necessary for a while to build on each session's improvement in your relief and healing. For people who use massage as preventive care and managing the daily stress in their lives, once a month is about the norm. They may shorten the time between massages during stressful periods. Some come more often just because they enjoy it that much. While the frequency of sessions may depend on a person's financial situation, oftentimes, once people experience the benefits of massage they find a way to incorporate regular sessions into their spending plan.
20) Are There Different Kinds of Massage?
There are numerous types of massage that use various techniques and strokes (rubbing, rocking, posture and movement re-education, pressure points, etc). I use a variety of methods including Swedish, Ashiatsu (Deep Feet Bar Therapy), Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, and Myofascial Trigger Point Techniques. You are more than welcome to request a certain technique or modality.
21) What Are the Benefits of Massage?
Massage can help:
* Release chronic muscular tension and pain;
* Improve circulation;
* Increase joint flexibility;
* Reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress;
* Promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue;
* Improve posture;
* Reduce blood pressure.
Massage and bodywork is also known to:
* Promote better sleep;
* Improve concentration;
* Reduce anxiety;
* Create an overall sense of well-being.
I look forward to working with you!
Adapted from: www.massagetherapy.com/learnmore/whattoexpect.php
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