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DISCLAIMER:  The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Copyright 2014 - Essense Massage & Bodywork

DISCLAIMER:  The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

This is YOUR session. Speak up!

Why is this so important? If you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position or if you are too hot or too cold ... speak up!

You will not hurt my feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. I want this to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy.

Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time you had a session, but this time you only want your back/neck/shoulders/arms worked, it's perfectly fine to ask.

You will enjoy your sessions so much more!


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What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?


You will be asked to complete a health history form. It is important to list all health concerns and medications you are taking in order to determine if massage is appropriate for you. It is also important to list any allergies so that I am aware if I need to use a different oil or lotion during the session.  Afterwards you will be asked general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed.


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Can I talk during a massage?

That is totally up to you. I will occasionally ask a few questions, pertaining to your comfort level, and how you are feeling. I have learned that some people relax by talking, others prefer to have their massage in silence. It’s your massage – you get to decide if you want to talk to not. Often times people will start out talking, then “drift away” as the massage goes on. Whatever helps you to relax the most is best.


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What parts of my body will be massaged?

The parts of your body that will be massaged may change from one massage to the next, due to the type of massage you are receiving and the area of your body that is being focused on; The abdomen may be massaged if you are having issues such as constipation, or if you request it. The hips and buttocks are frequently massaged as they are often a culprit in lower back pain, and the armpit/upper breast area (pecs) may be rubbed to help relieve upper back/neck pain. However, if you have any sensitive areas, please let me know ahead of time, if possible. Sometimes a client may not realize they are sensitive about being touched in a particular area until the therapists touches them there - just let me know how you feel; I will be sensitive to your feelings and will avoid the area.


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Do I have to be completely undressed?


You only have to undress to your level of comfort. You will be on the massage table, with sheets and blankets covering you at all times. Only the part of your body being worked on will be exposed, for example arm, leg, back. If you are not comfortable getting undressed at all, I have techniques that I can use through your clothing. It is always your choice on how much clothing to take off or leave on. You will always be properly draped for your privacy and comfort level.


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Will a massage be painful?

That depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light massage that doesn't probe very deep into muscles shouldn't hurt. At the same time, the light massage won't be able to work out any stress that's deep within those muscles. A muscle that is relaxed will be supple and soft and won't hurt when rubbed. Muscles that are tight, and in many cases have been chronically tight for a long time, may have that "good hurt" feeling with a deeper massage. Think of that "good hurt" as the feeling you get when you stretch a sore muscle during exercise or a yawn. Muscles can be very sore from overuse or tightness, and that good hurt can become painful. A sharp pain may indicate a muscle that has been injured and has some sort of inflammation. In this case, you don't want the deep work to continue in this area. A deep massage with tight muscles may leave some residual soreness the next day.


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How often should I receive a massage?

The answer here depends on the reasons for receiving the massage. If you are coming in for some injury relief, or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life in some way, weekly or twice weekly sessions may be necessary for a while to build on each session's improvement in their relief and healing. For those who use massage as preventive care and managing the daily stress in their lives, once or twice a month is about the norm. They may shorten the time between massages during stressful periods. Many people decide to try a weekly massage for a month just to see how well it will work for them, and realize that they feel so much better physically and emotionally that they continue to come in that frequently.

For most people, the frequency of the massages they receive is limited by their pocketbook. It's an unfortunate fact, but once many people realize the benefits it provides them, they find a way to incorporate a regular session into their budget.


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What if I have cellulite/scars/am overweight/am embarrassed about my body?

I often hear people say they would love to have a massage, but they don't want anyone to see their fat or the cellulite on their thighs. Remember this - massage therapists have seen bodies in every imaginable shape and size, from young to old, and we aren't there to judge your body. We are professionals who have found massage to be a wonderful gift to give to men and women alike, regardless of age and weight, and are proud of what we can offer to people in need of help or just wanting to enjoy the delight found in massage.


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Do I get a full 60 minutes if I book an hour massage?


Yes. If you book a massage for an hour, you get a full 60 minutes of “table time”. Same for 1/2 hour, or hour and 1/2 sessions. I schedule plenty of time for intakes, and finding out what your needs are for that day, to ensure that you get your full amount of actual massage time. The only exception to that is if you are late to your appointment.


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What if I’m ticklish?


I’ve worked with many people who were ticklish. I can vary the pressure, depth, and pace of the massage strokes so that you won’t feel tickled.


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Am I supposed to tip?


Tipping is a matter of personal discretion. Some of my clients do tip, some do not. You will get the same level of excellent service whether you tip or not. Tips are never required, but always appreciated. One of the best ways to “tip” me is to refer your friends and family to me!


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What if I Need to Cancel?


To avoid being charged a cancellation or late fee, please let us know 24 hours ahead of time if you will be unable to make your scheduled appointment. Please see my Cancellation Policy.


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What kind of music can I listen to?


While I like to play slower, quieter, “new age” type music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience.


However, while this may be true, any music you like to listen to while you relax can be listened to while you get a massage. If it relaxes you and you enjoy it, just let me know so I can plan ahead.


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What if I’m Late?


If you are late to your session you are welcome to receive whatever time is left in your appointment. Due to my schedule, I may be unable to extend your session beyond your original appointment time.


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Should I shave before a massage?

Shave if it is going to be stressful, worrisome or bother you. I really don’t think about whether there is hair or not. As massage therapists, we see so many “bodies” I promise that we really don’t care and won’t remember.


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Will a single massage help me feel better?


For relaxation and to work out the day-to-day aches and pains, massage can have an immediate impact. Everyone coming in stressed or sore should leave feeling better than when they came in. But it is not uncommon to get a massage and still feel the pain or soreness after, or even to feel a bit worse immediately.


The effects of the massage may take time to manifest. You may walk out feeling that you still have the issue you came in with, but the next day it's resolved.


If you come in with acute pain from something like a back spasm or extreme soreness from your first ski session of the year, you may actually get a bit more sore as massage itself can trigger some inflammation. It is like taking Vitamin C once you have a cold – it may help you recover faster, but the cold still needs to run its’ course.


Sometimes you won't notice a significant difference even after a day or more. It could be that you are doing something to re-create, or maintain the problem. Some of the effects of massage are cumulative, and you may find that coming in regularly results in enhanced benefits. Sometimes you will be benefited with a different type of massage, or with someone who can check your body mechanics to see if you may be using your body less efficiently than possible.


While I strive to give the best massage every time, sometimes it may take a session or two to really understand what works best for you. Just like a hairdresser may take a few cuts to know how your hair falls, and what styles you prefer, I learn more as we get to know you better.


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Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?


This is known as draping and once you are undressed and on the table under the drape, I will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.  The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered. If I am going to work on a woman's abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.


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What should I Wear?


Please do not wear expensive clothing that could be stained by the oil.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I bathe before I get a massage?


You don't necessarily need to shower right before you come in; however, you should be in a general state of cleanliness and free of offensive odor. When you have dirt, sweat, etc it can cause the oil or lotion to "ball up", thus reducing the quality of the massage.


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