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Do’s & Don’ts

Spirit and Body Massage has a few guidelines we would like our clients to follow.  Please read the following Do’s and Don’ts of massage.

Timing

Show up at least 10 minutes early for your session.  This allows you to fill out paperwork and have a brief discussion about any medical issues.  This time is also a time for transitioning into a calm, healing space and focus on the massage.  It also ensures that you’ll receive your full time allotment for your massage.  When you arrive, be sure to silence you phone so therapist and client can concentrate on the massage and not be interrupted with a phone call or alarm.  Let your therapist know if you need to keep your phone nearby for family emergencies, but please silence your phone anyway.  You will feel the vibration I’m sure.  If for some reason you are running late to your appointment, please call your therapist as soon as possible and let him know the approximate time of your arrival.  Spirit and Body Massage may be able to extend your appointment.    If you need to cancel and/or reschedule the appointment at the last minute, please notify your therapist as soon as possible.  We understand things happen at the most inopportune time and traveling to a massage appointment can be one of them.  Just be aware that there may be a minimal charge on your next visit.  It won’t break your bank account if you have to reschedule 12 hours prior to your visit.  Giving respect to your therapist for being ready when you arrive is common courtesy as well as a respect for the therapist’s time.

Your Body

Massage therapist/bodyworkers have advanced knowledge of tissue and structure as well as a great appreciation for the human body as a whole, no matter its shape or size.  So when it comes to undressing for you massage, put aside any inhibitions and worries you have about your body.  The best way to enjoy and benefit form a massage is when you are comfortable in your own skin, and minimal clothing if/when necessary.  Your therapist will never tell you, you have to take everything off.  It may be a preference in order to work the whole body efficiently.  But you, the client, need to be comfortable. It may be suggested that you keep your underwear (women: panties, bra. Men boxers/briefs) on.  For women, it may be necessary for the client to undo your bra when your therapist is working on your back.  Then, you may rehook the bra when the therapist is done.  If you are only having focus areas worked on, like your upper back and neck, your therapist may not have you undress from the waist down.  It’s ALL up to you.  Your therapist will work around what YOU are comfortable with.

Communicate

Please let your therapist know if ANYTHING is uncomfortable for you at ANY time.  That could be the temperature of the room, temperature of the table, the lotion being used, the lighting, the music, the need to be face up, the pressure being used, or anything else that comes to mind.  You have the right to enjoy your massage, so why not speak up when something isn’t making it enjoyable.  Your therapist will do whatever they can to make it the best experience possible.

Water

Drink it! Your body needs water before and after a massage.  Water hydrates your body and helps the muscles be supple for better manipulation.  You might want to use the restroom before getting on the massage table though.  It is highly advised to avoid alcoholic beverages before a massage.  Here is why.  Although you may think it enhances the massage experience, you won’t like the final outcome.  You don’t want to be getting off the table feeling drunk (especially when you know you had alcohol) dizzy, and nauseated.  So don’t waste good alcohol on a massage that can be the best ever.  Leave the alcohol alone the day of your massage.

 Not What You’re Looking For

If you call, say, after 8pm and are looking to book an appointment that night, you’re likely not going to get it.  Professional Massage Therapist do NOT work all hours of the night.  And a ‘happy ending’ is not provided or allowed.  Therapeutic massage has nothing to do with sex.  Flirting, inappropriate touching, and sexual innuendoes will not be tolerated.  You will be asked to leave with your massage will be terminated and the payment for the massage will still be collected.  It is greatly appreciated if you keep a professional relationship with your therapist in order to allow your therapist to continue to provide you with the therapeutic massage work they give best.

Being Human

The body can have a lot responses to therapeutic massage.  While it advised to avoid food at leat 1 hour before your massage, there’s still the chance that you’ll have tummy gurgles or even pass gas.  It’s ok.  As the body relaxes and systems get moving the body can play all kinds of tricks.  Your therapist has seen it all, yet sees well beyond those kinds of issues.  No need to be embarrassed.  For men, there’s even a possibility that massage may cause an erection – a normal response to nervous system activation.  It rarely occurs, but if it does your therapist ay sift the focus of the work.  No need to be embarrassed or feel you have disrespected the therapist.  Some natural bodily functions happen, just be aware of how to handle them professionally.

Is it Nap Time?

Your therapist lets you know your massage session has ended.  This is not the time to start napping even though it may be a big desire.  This is when you need to take a moment on the table to ready yourself in getting off the table.  That doesn’t mean you have to jump right up and rush out the door.  Thot would kind of ruin the work that was just accomplished.  Carefully sit up on the table, give yourself time to adjust to the light and your body position.  If you stand up too fast you could get dizzy an feel like falling over.  Don’t let that happen.  Get up slowly and make sure you have your fee well on the floor before taking a step.  Get dressed with consideration to time.  The therapist may have another client coming in soon after the end of your massage.  When you are all put together and are ready to face the world again, you may open the door and wait for your therapist directions.

Tips on Tipping

It is customary to tip 15-20% of the price of the massage.  But, it’s ultimately the client’s decision.  Providing a tip is usually a response to the service.  Not always the case.  Understanding the ‘older’ generation, and sometimes the uninformed/uneducated may leave a less-than 15%tip because of the generation they grew up in, they can only afford a small amount as a tip because of their income (like $5/hr wage or something much less that a person would make these days or the wage they were making 40-50 years ago).  The bottom line is, tip with what you feel comfortable with.  If is was the best massage you ever received, maybe more than 20% would be generous.  If it wasn’t at all what you expected, you have the right to not leave a tip at all.  The therapist will not call you on it.  (If it’s really that bad of a massage, let the therapist know and perhaps they can refer you to a therapist than can give them more of what they are looking for in a massage.  We do have resources for finding other massages therapist).

Reviews

Whatever kind of experiences you have with a therapist (or any service for that matter) it is greatly appreciated when you leave a review/testimonial of your experience, good, bad or both.  Not everyone is an expert at every little thing they do or are supposed to do.  So criticism should be don as a constructive one.  That will make it better for the therapist in reading it as if you are trying to help them and not bash them for doing something you didn’t like or thought was not right at all.  They do the best they can with what they know and have experience/knowledge in.  Something that is common sense for one person may not be common sense for someone else.  The person doesn’t know until they have been introduced to it.  Sometimes that’s longer then to be expected so maybe it’s better to ask if the person is aware of whatever your concern is a positive /constructive review is better to look at than a review that is negative all the way with bashing of the service/person because you’re also looking at the person leaving the review – is this person willing to help someone or are they too wrapped up in themselves and their problems and just wanting to complain.  You make the choice.