Frequently asked questions


What to expect

You may dress however you wish. I will show you into the massage room, go over your health history and goals for the massage session, and then leave the room to allow you to undress and get onto the table. You should feel free to remove as much or as little of your clothing as you wish. It will be more effective if you are fully undressed, including your underwear, but your comfort level is most important. I work with my clients fully draped; meaning that only the part of your body where I am working at that particular moment will be exposed.

Once you are undressed, on the table, and under the sheets and blanket, I will knock to make sure you are ready, come back into the room, and begin the session. I will check in with you about pressure, temperature, and general comfort, but please remember that only you can feel what is going on inside your own body, and that you should feel free to tell me if anything is at all painful or uncomfortable. I do my best work when I am quiet and focused, so you can expect me to remain fairly silent during sessions except to check in with you. When your session is over, I will again leave the room to allow you to get dressed. All sessions are completely confidential. 

What are your professional qualifications?

I graduated from Just for Your Health Collage for Massage in San Jose, CA, with specialization in Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology and chair massage. I am a member of the California Massage Therapy Council. I have also had instructional training in pre- and post-natal massage.

Do I have to take off all of my clothes?

Massage therapists can be most effective when clients are fully undressed, especially for clients with lower back pain, but it is entirely up to the client to decide how much of his or her clothes to remove. The client’s comfort is always the primary concern. I work with my clients fully draped, so that’s only the part of the body where I am working at that moment is uncovered. If you prefer to receive massage fully clothed, chair massage may be a good alternative.

What should I wear when I come in for a massage?

You should wear loose, comfortable clothing, anything you’d like, but keep in mind there may be some oil residue left on your skin when you get dressed after the session. Oils and lotions used are not staining to clothing and will absorb into the skin. I use non-allergenic, all natural products.

I don't like deep tissue work. Can I tell the therapist to use less pressure?

Absolutely, you are in control of the session and should feel free to direct the therapist to use more or less pressure, as desired.

Ideally, how often should I get a massage?

In a perfect world, we would all get massages at least once a week. But, let’s face it – that’s just not feasible for most people. Monthly massages are a great addition to a general wellness program, but they’re good for you whenever you can get them.


If there are specific areas that I don't like to receive massage, should I tell the therapist?

Absolutely! The client should always communicate specific areas that may not be comfortable being massaged. Example: a client may not want the face or the head massaged for whatever reason. It’s up to the client.

Is it ok to get a massage when I am sick with a cold or the flu?

Generally not. One of the benefits of massage is that it greatly increases circulation, but that can also mean circulation of toxins that are already in your body if you’re sick, so you can actually get temporarily sicker. It’s usually preferable to wait until you’re feeling better.

I pulled a muscle yesterday. Should I get a massage?

It’s not a good idea to receive massage in the very early stages of sprains and strains when there’s still a good deal of swelling, heat, and tenderness. After a few days, though, massage can aid in the recovery process.

​What is the difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage?

Swedish massage is generally lighter and more superficial. It is made up of four primary strokes: effleurage (long, gliding strokes), petrissage (kneading), vibration (fine shaking or jostling). Deep tissue massage is usually specific, deeper work that focuses on more specific areas in the body. I usually use a combination of the two.

Is it a good idea to get a massage following a workout?

Yes – massage can greatly decrease the soreness that comes after a workout by helping to flush lactic acid and other toxins out of the body.

I'm pregnant. Can I receive massage?

Yes! Massage can alleviate many of the common discomforts associated with pregnancy. The therapist will work with you to make you comfortable on the table by using a side-lying position with your body supported by pillows. However, it is always very important to let your therapist know if you are pregnant or think you might be, as certain areas must be avoided, especially during the first trimester.


What sorts of techniques do you specifically use with pregnant women?

Working with pregnant women requires specialized knowledge the changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy. We usually have women in their 16th week or later propped on their sides for comfort; this is usually a more comfortable position for the first few months post-partum, as well. We use reflexology techniques on the feet to address problems of the digestive and reproductive systems, and we integrate these with more common Swedish and deep tissue strokes to address common lower and upper back pain and soreness. We also use a body cushion so that women are able to lay face down instead of on their sides. This is new and is very comfortable to the women. This allows her to lay face down all the way to the 9th month of pregnancy.

What are some of the benefits of pregnancy massage?

Women experience a wide range of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual changes during pregnancy. Prenatal massage addresses all of these: it increases circulation and reduces swelling, reduces mood swings, relieves muscle spasms and cramps, prepares women to relax during first stage labor, improves labor outcomes, and creates a nurturing environment to enable pregnant women to pass feelings of emotional and physical well-being on to her child.

What are some of the benefits of receiving massage after I have a baby?

Massage after having a baby can be just as important as getting massage when you’re pregnant. It encourages restoration of your pre-pregnancy body; alleviates muscle strain caused by labor and delivery; rehabilitates the muscles, skin, and connective tissue of the abdomen; promotes structural realignment of the pelvis; encourages healing following a caesarean section; relieves abdominal pain and bloating. Post-partum massage is great for new Moms - Dads and partners too!

How soon can I get a massage after I have a baby?

As long as there were no complications, women can receive massage as soon as 24 hours after giving birth. Massage can help dramatically in weathering the transition into motherhood, particularly in the realm of post-partum depression.

I have special health concerns – previous injuries, surgeries, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.

Is this something I need to discuss with my massage therapist??

Yes, definitely. It is extremely important to let your therapist know about your health history. Certain conditions are contraindications for massage. It is always a good idea to discuss massage treatment with your physician before you get a massage.