What do I wear?
It is always best to wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in and stretch in if required during treatment. Jeans are best to be avoided. At all times underwear must be worn and clients without underwear will not be treated. If you like to free range, that’s great, but we require you to purchase a pair of briefs or boxers and wear them in your treatment. Because we live in a coastal area, people often come from the beach wearing board shorts to treatment. Whilst we can work around this, due to the length of them, there is a limit in how much leg a can be massaged with them, so they are not recommended. Also for people with long hair, we suggest bringing a hair tie, to keep your hair in place so it does not get covered in oil.
Do I have to undress?
Massage can be performed through clothing, however it is more advantageous for outer clothing to be removed. At no time during treatment are you ever naked or your body totally exposed. Draping techniques are performed which only has the area of the body that is being worked upon exposed. No private areas are worked on.
Your comfort is always paramount, and we can discuss alternative ways of treatment.
This is a professional Massage Service and any inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated and will be reported to the appropriate authorities. No private areas are worked on. You are professionally draped at all times, with only the area being worked on, exposed. Underpants must be worn at all times and if you forget them, you will not be seen.
Do I have to lay on the table, is the table big enough to hold me?
No you don’t. For most areas of the body, we can use alternative ways to position you so you are not lying on the table, which is especially great for pregnancy and people who feel uncomfortable on being in the table. Our table has a weight rating of 150 kgs and has sturdy metal legs and does not wobble whilst getting on it. Please feel free to talk to us about this both before and during your session if you have any concerns.
I am a curvy lady, will the linen be big enough to cover me?
Yes, we use a mixture of sheets and towels (extra-large bath sheet size) big enough to cover anyone.
Will I experience muscle soreness following the session?
Sometimes there can be some soreness post session, particularly if deep work has been performed, or it has been a long time since your last massage. Every body is different, some bodies bruise easier than others. This is why we approach our first appointment together gently – if you experience bruising you should always let your therapist know.
How often should I get a massage?
The benefits of regular massage show that the more regular you are with your treatment, the greater the ongoing and cumulative effects are. Whilst most people would love to get a massage every single day, and I am one of them, it is often impractical and a balance between as often as you can financially and physically afford to. Some people can thrive with monthly massage, some find they require weekly, fortnightly or every three, six or eight weeks. Whilst once a year as a special treat is wonderful, we recommend, at a minimum, it is recommended that you receive massages at least once every three months, past this point and it is like starting from scratch again. There are times when you will require quick consecutive treatments to address range of movement and physical issues. Once the initial presentations are addressed, we extend out the treatment time to find your sweet spot, the point just before you start to experience pain and discomfort that limits your mobility and impacts pain and discomfort. We are always trying to be proactive with our health.
What if I am self conscious about my body?
Your body is beautiful. Stretchmarks, scars, freckles, moles, cellulite, whether you have shaved is inconsequential to your therapist. We can work within your levels of comfort, let us know if it’s a big issue for you, but massage is for all types of body types.
What If I fart or burp or my tummy growls?
Bodily functions are normal, gas, tummy rumbling, snoring, etc are a great sign that body is relaxing and your bodily functions are kicking into restore and repair mode, rather then flight or fight mode.
What if I have a medical condition or take medication?
These issues must be advised when making your appointment as some medical conditions require a doctor’s clearance before we can massage, some require us to modify our techniques and sometimes it is not safe to experience massage. We do a medical history before your appointment. If you have a medical condition, please discuss this. Massage is designed to assist you in your health. By not telling your therapist that you have a medical condition or are taking medication, you are putting your health at risk.