This is my first massage....what can I expect?
You should arrive 5 mins early to fill out a brief intake form. Your therapist will introduce him/herself and review your information with you—namely what brings you in and what you hope to accomplish with the massage. You can specify where you would like to focus (shoulders, calves, neck) if any, and explain a little more about your tension/pain patterns.
Your therapist will show you the treatment room and leave you to get comfortable on the massage table. He/she will begin the massage upon returning in a minute. We will check in regularly to make sure you are comfortable and the pressure is appropriate.
What do the injury/orthopedic treatments entail?
So that we can pinpoint the issue causing you pain, we will need to perform some movement tests and/or postural assessments as well as talk to you about your issue. The soft tissue work will be designed to treat the tissues that are damaged, free up restrictions and scar tissue in the structures involved, and lengthen/relax the tight muscless surrounding and contributing to the injury. This may require strength training or assisted stretching in our exercise facilities once the hands-on work is completed.
We suggest a longer initial treatment to allow for the necessary assessments of your problems. For injuries such as tendonitis and ligament sprains, you may be scheduled for several short (15-30 mins) follow-up appointments on a weekly basis as these tissues need successive frictions to heal correctly.
What should I wear?
Most people prefer to disrobe completely but it is important to know that you will be properly draped with a sheet for the duration of the treatment. It is easier to work on the lower back, hips, and thighs (where a lot of tension is stored) without underwear on. Some people are just more comfortable keeping their underwear on and that is fine also. The therapist will not be able to work adequately over bra straps, however, so they should be removed.
In the case of some shorter, orthopedic treatments, the therapist will only be concentrating on the shoulder or neck, etc., and it will not be necessary to disrobe.
Should I tip?
That is a tricky question because deep tissue massage lies somewhere between the medical model and the personal service model. In one case it is expected, in the other case it isn't appropriate. I tell clients if they need the work on a regular basis for health reasons I would rather have them put the money towards buying an effective number of treatments. For me, the business owner, occasion tips helps to cover rising costs and keeps prices down. Therapists working for me only receive a portion of the full price, so they do appreciate the gratuities if warranted!
How do I know what kind of Massage (ie, deep tissue, sports, myofascial release) I will need?
You don't need to know this when you book your treatment. With the exception of a strict injury treatment regimen, the price is based on treatment length and not the kind of work done. The therapist will listen to your complaints when you arrive and use the various tools in their toolbox (deep tissue, sports massage, etc.) to achieve your treatment goals. Most therapists will integrate many different modalities into one session.
Why am I being asked to pay ahead of time?
Many of the time slots are in high demand and we need to ensure they are filled by people who can show up. It is like a deposit you pay to hold a hotel room and can be reversed with proper notice. If we hold a spot and no one shows up, another person who needs the work and has been turned away and the therapist does not get paid for their time.
How much notice do I need to provide when canceling?
We require eight hour notice for cancellations to avoid being charged for the missed appointment.
Can I get a same-day appointment?
You are most likely to get a same-day appointment if you can come during the daytime. Weeknights and weekends are in high demand and fill up first! That being said, cancellations do occur and schedules change, so call or email to check. Subscribers to the CDF Bodywork newsletter will receive email blasts announcing last-minute availabilites.