How Much Time Should I Book?
This is such an important question! I urge all clients to book 90 minute sessions when at all possible. The most frequent feedback that I hear is "the session felt very relaxing and yet deep enough to be therapeutic as well." That is because my style is to work very slowly, which in turn results in deeper work. Massage should not be painful, that defeats the whole purpose of relaxing a muscle! However, it requires time to get there. I find that trying to cover a list of aches and pains in a 60 minute session results in nothing being adequately addressed. If you are coming in for a specific injury or painful area, I strongly urge that it will take at least 60 minutes to cover that one issue completely. Booking 90 minutes is enough time to fully address an issue plus get to the rest of the body to leave really feeling complete.
How Can I Most Benefit from my Session?
- Hydration: The best thing you can do is to make sure you are very well hydrated 24-48 hours before your session. Deeper work can only be done on hydrated muscles. Massaging muscles is like working clay. If clay is very dry, it is very difficult if not impossible to work and mold. If clay is hydrated, it is easy to manipulate. Muscles are exactly the same, and it takes time to hydrate so best to do in advance. You might also be sore after a massage if you are not well hydrated.
- Cleanliness. Come to the session clean and without other lotions or oils on your skin. To receive the full benefit of medicinal essential oils, it is important that they are layered directly on the skin for absorption without interference or barriers from other skin care products.
- Plan to take it easy after your session. The energy of the session can continue to work on your body and spirit for up to several days after your session. Whenever possible, schedule your sessions when you have time after your session to rest, relax and take care of you. It is not uncommon to hear that sessions with me are "very detoxifying," which means that emotions might start coming to the surface or you might feel physical symptoms of detoxification afterwords or even days later. This "old stuff" is coming up to release, so giving yourself time and space to allow it to release is so important. You might feel deeply tired and/or emotional. This is very common. If you can, plan on taking it easy the rest of the day, take a stroll into nature, take a salt bath, meditate or anything else deeply nourishing. This will allow this "old stuff" to release and once it passes, you should feel invigorated and thoroughly refreshed.
When Should I Arrive?
Please arrive a few minutes before your session is scheduled to begin. I will greet you when your session time is scheduled to start. I will spend about 15 minutes with all new clients getting to know you and your needs and about 5 minutes with all returning clients to check in with you about anything new before we start the session. After that initial amount of reserved time to chat and catch up, the amount time reserved for bodywork on the table will begin. I will step out of the room to wash my hands giving you time to undress and get under the sheets. My goal is to get you on the table as soon as possible so that you can receive your full amount of bodywork time! Any further discussions can continue once you are on the table.
Absolutely yes. Generally all clothing and undergarments are removed for massage, however it is your choice to undress to your comfort level. I will step out of the room to wash my hands while you undress and get under the sheets. I have a table warmer that will keep you warm and cozy during your session, and you will be fully draped at all times except for the area that I am working on. Although massage can be a sensual experience, it is not a sexual experience. Any sexual advancements or requests by the client will be grounds for terminating the session immediately and payment for the full amount will be required.
If you arrive late to your appointment, your session will be shortened accordingly. Regardless of the resulting length of the treatment, payment in full will still be charged.
Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Life happens and it is my policy to allow one "grace pass" for the first missed appointment or appointment cancelled less than 24 hours. However, if it happens a second time, you will be charged in full for that session plus I will require pre-payment for your future visits and the strict cancellation policy will apply to those future visits. Illness and emergency are exceptions to this policy. Please do not hesitate to cancel your appointment if you are sick. Not only will you prevent spreading the illness, massage could actually make the illness penetrate even deeper into your body. Besides, you will enjoy your treatment much more when you are feeling better!
Communication with Hands of the Heart
Feel free to call, text or email Christina directly with any question. Your appointment will be reserved in my online scheduling system whether you book it yourself or I do it for you. There is a default setting in the system to send email and text reminders for your appointment, and you will automatically receive any future newsletters or specials sent out by Hands of the Heart (a maximum of one email per month). If you do not wish to receive any of those communications, it is easy to opt out of any or all of those features. Please let me know directly of your wishes and I can easily update your settings.