What to Expect
Most adults rarely experience touch from other adults where the intention of that touch is neither sexual nor abusive. Consequently, the concept of touch, as in the form of massage, initiates some hesitancy and reservation. Sometimes people prefer to book a chair massage, which is administered on the specifically designed chair shown here. This allows a person to experience an abbreviated massage of the neck, shoulder and back, fully clothed, while sitting up. Once you've experienced a chair massage, you may find yourself wondering what all the fuss was about.
If you prefer, we also offer a fully clothed massage that may be administered on a massage table. This may be in the form of a full-body massage for relaxation or for a more specific massage designed to address a particular pain or injury.
So whether you choose fully clothed massage or a more traditional treatment, massage therapists understand our cultures conditioning to resist touch and respect these boundaries with a heightened awareness.
Each massage therapist is required to go through extensive professional ethics training and must adhere to this code of ethics.
Your session will begin by your therapist asking you about your reasons for getting a massage, your current physical condition, brief medical history, lifestyle and stress level, and any areas of pain.
You'll be asked to undress in private, down to your underpants, or to whatever amount of clothing you feel comfortable. You may also choose to stay fully clothed. Then, lying down on a comfortably padded and heated massage table, you'll drape yourself with a sheet and blanket. Only the part of the body being worked on will be uncovered, and your modesty respected.
You can expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage. For the period of time agreed upon you'll have the unique experience of having all your muscles kneaded in a full-body massage, or only in specific areas in the case of a session oriented to localized injury, pain or tightness, or sports readiness.
In conclusion, a well-trained Massage Therapist should not only apply a variety of techniques to address your particular needs, but, exude a calm, respectful, non-judgmental demeanor to allow a sense of trust to develop between client and therapist.
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