What should I expect at my first session?
I will review your medical intake with you so I understand what we might need to avoid or be cautious of. I will ask you what your goals are for this session and what areas we are going to focus on. This is your time to ask me any questions you may have. Be sure to let me know what pressure you would like and if we need more or less in certain areas.
Do I need to disrobe?
Yes and no. The more skin that is accessible during the session, the more detailed the massage work can be. I want you to be comfortable during your massage. If you are more inclined to leaving undergarments or other clothing on during your massage, I will work on those areas over the sheets. Whichever you choose, you'll have the room for a few minutes in private to allow time to get ready and onto the table.
Is my body covered during the massage session?
You will be covered by a top sheet and a blanket during your massage. The only parts of your body that are uncovered are the sections being worked on at that moment. If you feel that you are not covered properly by the sheets, please let me know and we will adjust things accordingly.
What if I don't want a certain area massaged?
Your massage is custom-tailored to what you want to work on that day. If you want to skip a body part, let me know at the beginning of your massage.
What am I expected to do during the massage?
Your massage is your time to unplug and relax if you can. If the therapist needs a limb or anything repositioned during the massage, they will move it for you. No need to try and help unless asked to.
Will my massage therapist talk during my massage?
I will ask if the pressure, temperature of the table, and position of bolstering are comfortable for you. I may ask other questions to make your massage the best it can be for you and your needs. Any other conversation is up to you.
Is massage painful?
Massage should never be painful. Tense muscles being physically manipulated can feel mildly uncomfortable but tolerable. If you are in pain, please inform me of how you would like the pressure changed.
What if I am self conscious about certain parts my body.
Please inform your massage therapist if you would like to remain fully clothed for your massage, or if you would like a certain area completely avoided. Harlo Massage is a supportive judgement free place. Don't worry if you forgot to shave or you have not gotten a pedicure.
Do you take insurance?
Harlo Massage does not take insurance. I do accept HSA/FSA payments. You can use your receipt to provide to your insurance for a refund if your insurance covers massage.
Why should I get a professional massage?
People of all ages can benefit from massage. From desk worker to triathletes, there are benefits shown from weekly or monthly massages. Some reasons to get a massage include:
• Chronic pain
• Old injuries/new injuries
• Post-surgical recovery
• Inflammatory conditions (Arthritis, tendonitis ,etc)
• Headaches and migraines
• Stress management
When should I not get a massage?
Some conditions are not recommended for massage treatment. Examples include:
• Open wounds, ringworm, rashes
• Current cancer treatment
• Numbness or tingling
• Deep vein thrombosis
• Blood clots
• Uncontrolled high/low blood pressure
• Undiagnosed health issues
Long connecting strokes using light to medium pressure are used to allow muscles to relax and activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
Slow sustained deep pressure is used to address inner layers of muscle and connective tissue.
Bring the benefits of a stress relieving massage to you and your employees in the office. Chair or clothed table massages can be broken down into 15, 20, or 30 minute increments per individual.