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Massage Etiquette

1. ARRIVE EARLY
Before a massage appointment you'll have to fill your therapist in on what your looking to focus during the session. Also
you'll need to fill her in on any old/recent injuries, surgeries etc. So arrive about 15 minutes early. If you get there just in time you'll actually cut your massage time short, and you definitely want your full hands-on time. If you become a regular, 5 minutes early should be fine.
 
2. FOOD AND DRINK
Best to avoid eating an hour before your massage. Visit the restroom if you've had lots to drink before entering the session. All that pressure on your mid to low back will not be relaxing if your bowels are full.
 
3. SILENCE YOUR PHONE
This is the perfect time to unplug all together. Rest easy knowing that this time is yours to relax. Nobody wants to be startled out of bliss by the spontaneous dinging of messages.
 
4. UNDRESS TO YOUR COMFORT LEVEL
Your therapist will typically tell you this before your massage but remember you will have total privacy to get undressed. You will also get cozy underneath the provided sheets. You will be strategically covered by sheets so that only the areas being worked on will be exposed. You will either undress down to your underwear or go completely nude. Either choice is completely fine.
 
5. COMMUNICATE
If your prefer light pressure, medium, firm or deep simply let your therapist know. Often certain areas of the body are more sensitive to touch and pressure and every body is different. If a certain area felt especially great with deep pressure but not others then mention it. Some people prefer to spend more or less time on problematic areas. Its not rude to let your therapist know that. She is there to customize this session to your needs. Keep the communication open so you can more easily drift off into relaxation and comfort. ‚ÄčIn the same respect don't feel that you need to chat. Some small talk is okay, but its not uncommon to fall asleep or to lay there in total silence. This is your time to close your eyes and enjoy the experience. This is not the time to strike up a conversation with your massage therapist. Most importantly the recipient of a massage should be focused on their breathing. Deep inhales and exhales expedite the release of tension.
 
6. LEAVE A TIP
Its pretty much expected to leave 15-20% gratuity these days. You can give your therapist cash directly or you can add it to your credit card bill. When using a gift certificate bring some cash to use for your tip, unless its been indicated the tip has been covered.
 
7. SHOWER
Massage Therapists are providing a close contact service. Squeeze in a shower before your appointment if possible. We really appreciate when clients are clean and dry.
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