Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to shower before or after my session?
While a shower prior to your massage would be a good idea for hygiene reasons. Please make sure that you are relatively clean when you show up to your massage. Try to have clean feet, nails, hair, and skin in general. I care about good hygiene and cleanliness especially in my work area. In addition, feeling clean will mean less body insecurities. Plus, the therapist will appreciate your cleanliness — for obvious reasons.
How about my current health?
As part of your therapeutic massage treatment, it is critical that you disclose any and all health conditions you may have to your therapist. While some conditions may seem minor to you, the condition could be exacerbated by massage. Even if you get therapeutic massages on a regular basis, you need to disclose any old/new health conditions to your therapist. If you are currently sick, try to reschedule asap.
What should I wear during my massage?
The most common choice is to take everything off and get comfortable. You will be draped professionally during your treatment. Of course, you can leave underwear, however, it will in some cases interfere with your treatment slightly. Regardless of how clothed you are during your session, the only portion of your body that will be exposed is the one being worked on.
How long before my session should I arrive?
You should arrive no later than 5-10 minutes prior to your session to ensure a timely start. Therapists generally have 15 minutes in between sessions and they must start and end sessions on time so that they can be ready for their next appointment.
Should I drink water before and after my massage?
Yes. Before your session you should only drink moderate amounts of water so that you can be comfortable while in session with no immediate need to go to the rest room. After your session, you should drink plenty of fluids as water aids in the removal of toxins from your system.
Will the massage hurt?
The pressure applied during your massage can be as light or as deep as you are comfortable with. In order to ensure that you are getting the pressure you need, communication between you and your therapist is essential during your session as it will enable your therapist to apply the adequate amount of pressure.
Will I be cold during my massage?
The room temperature is kept between 70 & 75 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to keep you comfortable, the therapists have access to:
Sheets and towels
Therapy room heaters
What is a full body massage?
A full body massage consists of work on your scalp, face, neck, shoulders, back, gluteus, legs and feet (the work is not done in this order.) Generally speaking, 90 minutes need to be allocated for a full body massage as it will allow the therapist to devote enough time to all areas of your body. Your therapist will use long flowing light, medium to deep (pressure will be adjusted for your needs) strokes that will run the entire length of your body from head to toe in one continuous motion, working both the upper and under sides of your body. Your therapist’s arms will embrace you as the rhythmic waves of motion send deeply relaxing sensations to your brain.
Can a child receive a massage?
Yes. Children can benefit from massage and we recommend a 60 minute session. Some of our clients reward their children with a massage for a good report card, good behavior, etc. Massage helps with muscular growing pains and encourages good posture. It is also a wonderful tool for helping a child "become more in touch with their body" and good health practices. Body Conscious requires that children under the age of 18 are accompanied by an adult relative or guardian who must be present in the therapy room during the massage.
Proper Massage Etiquette
Checking in & out: Before starting your session, the therapist will discuss with you what kind of massage work you are interested in receiving. Based on your input, the therapist will customize the massage to suit your needs. Once the type of work has been determined, the therapist will walk you into your therapy room and provide you with instructions as to how to lay on the table. The therapist will give you a few minutes to get undressed/comfortable. Be respectful with the room and other equipment as well. Before going back in the room, the therapist will knock on the door to ensure you are ready. When the session is over, the therapist will leave the therapy room so that you can get dressed and ready to go. Generally speaking, you should be ready within 5-10 minutes after your session is over.
Talking During Session: While in session, it is best to keep communications between the client and therapist only for consultation/indication purposes (i.e. to apply less/more pressure, use more towels, etc.) In this manner, you'll be able to relax and forget about everything else.
Certified Massage Therapist Verification:
California Massage Therapy Council: CAMTC # 46610
American Massage Therapy Association: https://www.amtamassage.org/famt/ramerdaco