Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I expect concerning a massage?

Massage sessions are in a private room. During the massage you will be completely covered with a sheet and blanket. We only undrape one area at a time as we address it (so we will undrape your leg, massage the area, and cover it back up before moving on to the other leg). You will dress and undress in complete privacy.

  • Do I have to be undressed during massage?

    • You are welcome to undress to your comfort level. The important thing to know is that if there is a specific area that you would like worked on, the therapist needs to be able to access that area. There are other bodywork modalities where you can receive work through clothing, but massage is not one of them. Very fine palpation techniques are used to locate inconsistencies in the tissue, and for that, the therapist needs to work over skin.

    • Most people choose to leave their undergarments on during a massage.

    • For those with discomfort in the hips and low back it is common to leave undergarments off so the therapist can work on the gluteus and deep lateral rotator muscles. We use special draping so that you are never exposed.

    • Remember, this is your body and you are in charge. We must receive your consent for a treatment plan or changes to a treatment plan. We will not do anything that you are not comfortable with.

  • Is massage painful?

NO!

Massage should not be painful!

We do not locate a knot in your muscle and then dig in with our elbows to get as much pressure as possible on it.

There is a difference between your own pain in your body being worked out and the therapist causing pain. It is very common to find places in muscles that are tender and even radiate pain. The therapist works very slowly and very gently to work these out. Surprisingly, clients often find it to be very relaxing. However, if you are wincing, or you can't breathe, it's too much. We move at your pace, with your breath, and only to the level you can tolerate. Just because it doesn't hurt badly or we don't use intense deep pressure does not mean we aren't making a difference. Our work is extremely effective.

  • How will I feel after my massage session?

You should feel wonderful!!! If we do deeper clinical work, you may be a little sore the next day. Drinking plenty of water usually helps with that. There are occasions where people bruise from massage, but that is uncommon and typically only happens if someone generally bruises very easily or is taking a blood thinning medication.

  • How often should I receive a massage?

This depends on the health of your tissue. For general wellness it is common to receive one massage every month. For recovering from an injury or improving a specific function it may require weekly or biweekly massage sessions.

  • What can I expect concerning a yoga class?

    • We will be in an open space. Yoga mats are provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you have a favorite! We also have plenty of blocks, straps, bolsters, cushions, and any other prop you can think of, but again, you are welcome to bring yours.

    • Most classes involve breathwork, meditation, yoga postures, and potentially some touch assists* (where the instructor uses a hands-on approach to deepen a pose for you).

    • Clients always receive a copy of the yoga flow used each session.

*Touch assists are not performed without verbal consent

  • What should I wear to a yoga class?

Something you can stretch to your full range of motion in. It is no fun to not be able to bend because of jeans.

  • What if I might not be able to do yoga?

    • So, we don't actually think that is possible. We believe that if you can breathe, you can do yoga. If you can't breathe, then yoga is not really something we're going to be thinking about right then anyway, so don't worry about it.

    • We understand that there are an endless number of reasons as to why people believe yoga is not for them. Some people fear that they are not thin enough, flexible enough, or millennial enough to do yoga "correctly." Some people have legitimate conditions that limit the depth they can achieve in a pose. Some people have religious beliefs that keep them from yoga. There are many concerns, and we will work with all of them.

    • If you have physical conditions, we will work with you. You can still experience the benefits of yoga! If you can't stand for long periods of time, we will do chair yoga. If you have arthritis, we will adapt the poses for you. If you have osteoporosis, we will make sure you don't fall or have the opportunity to get a fracture. We are trained to accommodate in any way necessary so that every person can enjoy this wonderful practice!

  • What if I have an artificial joint or medical device? Does that affect massage or yoga?

You can still do yoga and receive massage if you have had joint replacements or medical devices. Please note them on your intake form so we can accommodate appropriately.

  • Can I buy a gift certificate?

Yes! We do sell gift certificates!

  • How do I pay for my session?

At this time we take cash or check. For more information please see our policies page.

  • How much should I tip?

Gratuity for a massage averages between 15-25%

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