Lincolnshire Professional Building- 1701 S. Prospect Ave, Suite 103, Champaign- 217-552-2524
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I get a massage when my schedule is full?
I hear you! You are busy, busy and have multiple roles and responsibilities. You have grown into the roles you have and don’t always realize just how much you need a break to keep going at the pace you do! Trust me- busy people often need MORE massage. Research has shown that without proper self-care, chronic stress develop and manifest itself in common physical problems such as muscle pain, headaches, poor sleep and digestive issues. You don’t have time to be weighed down by physical problems. Massage can be an excellent part of your self-care routine, keep you feeling connected to yourself and positive about who you are. We know not to try to drive our cars with the gas on empty- don't do it to your body either!
I've never had a massage before, what do I do?
When you come for your appointment, I will have you complete a Health History form to help me get to know you and what your goals are for the massage. We will then discuss and decide what areas we want to work on. I will leave the room to allow you to undress to the level of your comfort. You will lie on the massage table covered by a sheet and blanket (or just a sheet if you prefer). During the massage only the area I am working on will be uncovered. Some clients choose to leave on their undergarments, some wear nothing, some leave on their socks, it's up to you! I want you to be comfortable. I will knock on the door before entering to make sure you are ready to begin.
What is Ashiatsu?
Ashiatsu is a style of deep pressure massage in which the massage therapist uses their feet to apply the pressure. Clients are often surprised by how much they LOVE the way it feels. The work can be done with the therapist standing on the table next to the client (I use bars above the massage table for balance) as well as seated on a barstool next to the massage table.
How long should I allow for my massage?
Likely an additional 10-15 minutes on top of your scheduled appointment time. If for example, we have an hour massage scheduled, I want to spend an entire hour doing the hands on work, so you will probably be here for 70-75 minutes. I take a few minutes before we begin to discuss your goals for the session that day and to allow time for you to undress. Following the massage I like time to talk to you about things we noticed during/after the massage and also time for payment and rescheduling.
Should I come early for my appointment
My office and treatment room are in the same space. Therefore, if I am with a client I have door shut. If you choose to come early, welcome! Have a seat in the waiting area on the first floor and go ahead and start to relax, I will be with you in a few moments.
What if I want something changed during the massage?
Absolutely! I would LOVE to know if you want something changed. The temperature, music, lighting and pressure of the massage can all be adjusted. I do my best to gauge what I think you like, but if you tell me I don't have to guess :) Your feedback is what can make a good massage great!
How often should I get a massage?
It is safe to receive massage as often as you like. Most of my clients see me weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. If we are working on a specific issue, I may recommend coming in more frequently for a period of time until we have the situation under control. Your muscles have memory and we want to re-teach them that they don't need to hold onto their old pattern. Doing this can take multiple sessions but is worth the benefits. I personally love to receive massage weekly or bi-weekly.
What type of lotion and pressure do you use?
I want to adjust the pressure to your preference. That being said, I am not a therapist who wants to leave you sore following a massage. Massage does not have to hurt to be effective! I find that warming up the muscles and working with pressure up to a 'feel good hurt' is about the most I like to do. If you find that deeper work gives you that 'feel good hurt' and you love that feeling I would recommend Ashiatsu. In traditional hands massage, I use Biotone Hypoallergenic Massage Cream. I like that it does not have a greasy feel, and is suitable for those with sensitive skin :) For Ashiatsu clients, I use Soothing Touch oil, this oil does have nuts in it. If a client has skin sensitivities and would like Ashiatsu work, I use Biotone Hypoallergenic gel. If you have any specific concerns, I would be happy to let you look at the ingredients of the products I use.