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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are answers to my most frequently asked questions. Please feel free to call me at (208) 880-5772 anytime to ask any other questions you may have.

What should I expect during my first massage visit?
First a bright smiley face will greet you. Sometimes it's nice to sit and visit in a quiet private area to get to know each other a little as time for you to relax , get comfortable, and talk about you and why you want a massage. Usually I ask some general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on and whether there are any specific condition needing to be addressed.

Where will my massage session take place?
You can choose to come to the studio or you may choose to have your massage at your residence or hotel suite. Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music customarily helps you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

What do I wear during the massage?
This is your time and accordingly your session is all about whatever makes you feel most comfortable. For a full body massage, most of my clients undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. You may choose to be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on. I am not hung up on my client being draped. Your being comfortable during the session is all that matters.

How long will a massage treatment last?
For optimal stress relief and relaxation, a $30 Level 2 massage is a complete full body massage, ensuring that every inch of your body gets coated in hot lotion, and lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. I do not offer 90 minute or other lengthy sessions.

I don't always know my schedule. Do you take short notice appointments?
I am extremely flexible in scheduling. You can schedule your appointment any way that works for you; A week in advance, a day, or an hour. I can even take appointments on shorter notice. I will make every effort to make your schedule work into mine. Scheduling your appointment by phone is the surest way to get an appointment when you want it. I keep my phone with me at all times so you will find that, unless I am in session with another client, I always answer my phone. If you choose to contact me by email, I will get back to you as soon as I pick up your message. Here is my email address: eric@massagebyeric.com

Will the massage oils used have a lasting scent or make me break out?
I use hypoallergenic massage lotions and oils that have little to no scent at all. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to my attention.

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
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 your time, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. I use a combination of massage techniques but my baseline is a form of Swedish massage. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort.

How will I feel after the massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity that can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.

Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. It is very important that you inform your massage practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session.