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Manual therapy is a partnership - a relationship

that feels intrinsically personal. In this joint

venture, there's a mutual energy exchange that

requires professionalism and respect by both

parties. What should you expect from your

manual therapist and what is expected of you?

Here are a few answers.


Rules of common courtesy apply. The appointment should start, and end, on time.

Arrive for your session a few minutes early. Promptness guarantees you'll receive

your full appointment.  If a traffic snare causes you to arrive late, expect the session

to still end at the appointed time.  Other clients are likely scheduled after you.  If

you must cancel an appointment, call 24 hours in advance.  Please review the “Policies” page about fees incurred for missed or cancelled appointments.  


Consult your doctor before receiving massage therapy; there may be a period of healing that is necessary before receiving a massage is safe or appropriate.  If you have any type of medical condition, be sure to mention this when you book your appointment. Many people find that the side effects of their condition or medications are especially elevated when they first begin a treatment regimen. This is why it is important to let your massage therapist be aware of your medical conditions and use of any medications (prescribed or over the counter). Furthermore, some of these prescriptions are associated with other health risks (liver problems, toxic reactions with other medications), so they must be monitored carefully.

How should I dress for my therapy session?

You should dress to your comfort level during the session.  I suggest that clients wear athletic workout apparel to their therapy sessions.  This helps expedite the therapy as clients perform active and passive range of motion in their assessments and session.  Should you need to undress during a therapy session, you will be completely covered during your therapy except for the treatment area being worked on at the time.

Should I help while the therapist mobilizes a limb (arms/legs) or puts a bolster in place?

No.  It is important that you allow your body to remain completely relaxed. When the therapist moves a leg or arm, allow the therapist to take the weight of the limb.  We use our core strength and gravity to do this and "helping" can throw us off balance and possibly result in injury to the therapist.


What Should I do During the Massage?

Breathe.  Therapists pace their strokes alongside your breath or breathe with you.  If your therapist is performing deep-tissue, orthopedic, neuromuscular / trigger point or myofascial decompression therapy work on a tight muscle, inhale deeply and exhale with an audible sigh.  Stay in the moment and make your massage a meditation. 

Communication with Therapist

Please make your preferences known.  If the light is too bright; the music is too loud; you would like the table warmer turned on or off - please let me know.  If you choose to have a conversation or enjoy your treatment in silence - I want to know.  Additionally, feel free to ask questions. I appreciate knowing your thoughts and am happy clarifying any issues that you may have.  It is absolutely okay to talk during the session, but remember the session is about relaxing your body and your mind.  I try to discourage chatting during a session unless it is directly related the massage.  Stillness multiplies the restorative benefits of massage.​​​

What if I Laugh or Cry?

Exhilaration, exhaustion, giddiness, and tears are all natural responses to therapeutic massage.  You may experience intensely creative thoughts; the solution to a long-unsolved problem may dawn.  Emotional outbursts are common.  It's a high compliment.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

I request that you TURN OFF or SILENCE your cell phone / electronic devices before entering your massage therapy session.