What to Expect
So… you want to receive a
Massage & Wellness session!
You’re now joining billions of progressive individuals who are choosing these growing health alternatives.
If you are rather new to this age old treatment, you may be asking yourself
“What can I expect from a Massage & Wellness appointment?”
Here are a few suggestions for your session...
2 - ARRIVE
Before receiving a Table Massage or participating in a Mindfulness Retreat, I will review your intake form for basic health information and discuss your expectations for the session. Next, I will give you instructions for your appointment – such as where to place your belongings, which direction to lay (face up or down), etc. Make sure to ask any questions you may have!
For a Table Massage, I will step out of the room with the door closed, for a few minutes while you get ready. Generally, clients wear very limited or no clothing during their massage – of course, your comfort level is very important, so do what feels right for YOU. During the entire massage, you will be discreetly draped with clean, sanitized towels, linens or blankets, and only the specific area I’m working on will be un-draped. Your privacy, comfort and modesty is my utmost priority! Remember to remove jewelry and watches, and pull your hair up, if necessary. Get comfortable on the table as instructed and place the draping over your body.
For a Mindfulness Retreat, once I review your Intake Form, you may step into the restroom to change into a bathing suit and rinse off in the shower.
Once you are on the table, it’s time to relax! After a few minutes, I will knock at the door before entering, to make sure you are ready. Initially, I will gently hold my hands on your back or shoulders. Then I will un-drape the area I’m going to massage and apply a small amount of warm massage oil to manipulate your muscles. When you are face down, I will start at your head, shoulders and back then move down to your legs. Unless you tell me otherwise, I will also work on your "glute" muscles while covered by the linens. Face up, I will initially massage your head, neck and shoulders then work down to the arms and hands. If you want your abdomen massaged, please let me know, otherwise I’ll move to your legs. I save feet for very last – most people find this to be their favorite part of the massage! Now your job is to notice your natural breathing and enjoy this relaxing break!
As for the Mindfulness Retreat, you will start by soaking in the hot tub & simultaneously receive a brief massage.
Let me know what type of pressure is comfortable (deep, firm, medium, light, etc), at any time during the massage. Also, feel free to give your feedback about techniques, temperature or comfort as much as you like. It is CRUCIAL that you feel comfortable during your session. PLEASE SPEAK UP! Verbally communicate with me about what you are feeling! Even though I am a professional, only YOU know what is best for your body! Please trust yourself and express your needs right away. Try to calm your mind, so you can get the most relaxation from your session.
During a Table Massage Session, I will offer the option to guide you through stress-reduction/mindfulness techniques simultaneously.
For the Mindfulness Retreat, you can lay in the lounge chairs or walk through the stone labyrinth, while I talk you through different mindfulness modalities.
These exercises are simple techniques that help to lower stress during the session, as well as in your daily life. Basically, I will bring your attention to different feelings and ask introspective questions that you can either answer out loud or in your mind.
Once I’m finished working with you face up or down on the massage table, it will be time for you to SLOWLY turn over. I will instruct you on how to roll on to the opposite side (depending which direction you started), while I hold the linens to keep you discreetly covered. I will proceed to massage the reverse side. You can continue focusing on your breath and relaxing!
At this point during the Mindfulness Retreat, you can switch to the labyrinth or the lounge chairs, to continue with the conscious breath and inner guidance techniques.
Some people are so relaxed during their session, they might doze off. This is completely natural. Ironically, it’s a compliment if you fall asleep… that means you were very comfortable and relaxed! As the session comes to an end, I will gently let you know we’re finished and step out of the room and close the door again. Remember to get up VERY SLOWLY and allow your body to re-acclimate. Take your time getting ready! I make sure to schedule plenty of buffer time between clients, so we won’t feel rushed. Once you are re-dressed, come to the waiting area where I will have a cup of refreshing water for you.
7-WATER, WATER, WATER!
That brings me to a SUPER IMPORTANT follow-up for any wellness practice…..Drink PLENTY of EXTRA WATER the next couple days, to help detox and re-hydrate your system! If you notice your muscles feeling a bit stiff the next day or so, DRINK MORE WATER! Think of it like an “oil change” for your body!
Questions about the benefits or effects of these treatments are always welcome! If you have ‘constructive feedback’ about the appointment, please contact me directly to figure out solutions. Most clients love to spread peace in our world…. positive referrals are always appreciated!
I’m excited to meet you soon!
Loving What Is ~ Dixie
I’m excited to meet you soon!
Loving What Is ~ Dixie