Frequently Asked Questions

First of all, this is YOUR session...  SPEAK UP!
Every person is different.  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.  Each massage is different.  If this is your 2nd time on my table, you may want me
to concentrate on a different area.  It's perfectly fine to ask.  You will enjoy your sessions so much more!

Do I have to be completely undressed?
I always ask my clients to undress to their comfort level.  For a full body massage, most get completely undressed.  However, if
you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that's fine.  I will work around the clothes you
leave on the best I can.  You will have complete privacy as you're undressing and getting on the table.

Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?
This is known as draping.  The Texas Department of State Health Services states "Draping will be used during the session, unless
otherwise agreed to by both the client and the licensee."  The choice to be draped is totally up to you.

What do I do during the massage?
Make yourself comfortable. If I need to adjust your position, I will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed.
Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.  Many people close their eyes and relax completely
during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to
relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

Will the massage hurt?
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into
the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a
really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range.  Pain can be an indication that the muscle is
possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing
effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.

Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you'd like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and
enjoying the experience. Some therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a
state of massage bliss.  In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses,
enter quiet states of relaxation. The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If I'm doing
anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let me know immediately. Also, let me know if you get too warm or too cold,
or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). Again, if something is not working for you - speak up! It's OK!

How will I feel after my massage?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed
down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last
for days.  If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day - much like a good workout at the gym.
Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness.  If you don't receive massages very often it's possible you
may feel a bit "flu-ish" after your session.  This is because toxins are released during massages.  Drinking water usually makes
this feeling go away.  After every massage you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is
usually fine. This helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy.

For the men...  What if I get an erection during my massage?
Sometimes it happens. Many men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to
relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed.  Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual,
therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system,
which can result in a partial or complete erection.  An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not
be an issue. If you are still concerned, I recommend choosing to be draped.  Towels are also available to use as added coverage.

Can I shower before or after my massage at your house.
Yes, you are more than welcome to use my shower to clean before and/or after your session.  

What massage oil or creme do you use?
I use HERBAL SELECT BODY THERAPY MASSAGE CREME.  I've been using this creme since I attended massage school in 2000.  
I love that it doesn't make you feel greasy nor does it stain your clothing or the sheets.  The creme is light and provides a silky
glide during the massage.  Rich and thick, it penetrates quickly to moisturize and condition your skin.  It contains intensive
hydrating Sea Kelp and Aloe Vera plus fragrant, soothing botanicals to melt away stress: Roman Chamomile to calm, English
Lavender to heal, Clover Blossom to help ease skin disorders and Blue Malva to moisturize very dry skin.

If I have missed any questions or concerns you might have, please contact me to answer your questions.