What To Expect At Monarch Massage Therapy

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Please try to arrive on time. Life happens. Please call or text if you are running a few minutes behind. To honor your time, and in order to allow for my paperwork and your preparation, I never book clients back-to-back, so you will never feel rushed and your time on the table will always be protected. In my practice, a 60 minute massage means 60 minutes of actual massage. I will not deduct time from your massage if you are a couple of minutes late, for your intake, or for you getting ready for the massage. Please respect my time as well 🙂

Please show up for your massage well-hydrated. Do not drink alcohol prior to getting a massage, as bodywork accelerates the movement of the alcohol through the system, leaving you feeling unwell. A hot shower or bath prior to a massage will help your body unwind and be more relaxed and receptive to touch.

Your appointment will always begin with a brief intake. Either print out the intake form on this website and bring it to your appointment, or fill one out at my office. The purpose of the intake is to ensure that I am aware of any conditions that might make massage unsafe for your body and to understand your needs and goals for your massage session. At this time, we will decide where I will focus my attention and what will be most comfortable for your body, as well as address any questions you might have.

I will leave the room so that you can undress to your level of comfort. Many people choose to disrobe completely (you will always be properly draped with a sheet for modesty) whereas others choose to leave on their underwear. I’ve even had clients who wanted massage fully clothed, which I am able to accommodate using Thai and other compressive massage techniques.

You will then get on the table, under the sheet and or blanket and place your head in the face cradle if you are on your belly, or on the edge of the bed, if you are on your back. I have pillows and props to support your head and ankles/knees to ensure you are in the most comfortable position possible. My head rest also adjusts for optimal comfort. If your body doesn’t feel good in one position, please let me know!

Please be assured that you will always be draped to protect your modesty. This means that whatever part of your body I am working on, is the part that is uncovered, while the rest of you remains under the sheet and/or blanket. Private areas will always be covered in both men and women in accordance with the code of conduct for state licensed massage therapists.

Lighting in the room will typically be kept low, although you can request an eye drape if you are particularly light sensitive. I always have music playing and typically use aromatherapy, and am happy to change music or essential oils, if either do not suit you. I use a vegan massage gel, which is a combination of an oil and a lotion. Your skin will love the hydration!

At the start of the massage, I will check in to see if the pressure I am using is meeting your needs. Please always let me know if you require more or less pressure. This is your massage and I want you to get the most of out it! I am aware that some therapists believe exerting maximum pressure at all times and for all clients is the only ways to achieve therapeutic goals. I personally believe that you must be able to relax your body to allow for the most effective muscle manipulation. If you are tensing up and cannot relax while I am working on you, or are dreading the next stroke and freezing in anticipation, I will not be able to do my best work for your body. That being said, sometimes working out a knot might be a little uncomfortable. Exhaling deeply while I work into a knot is the best way to “trick” your body into letting go – and letting me release the muscle.

Feel free to talk or remain quiet, as feels natural and comfortable to you. Many clients like to talk, and others prefer silence. Many clients, at one point during the massage will fall asleep. This is okay! I fall asleep and snore during massages. To me, this is the best compliment, meaning you are relaxed and comfortable in my space.

During the massage, at some point, I will ask you to switch positions. It may be from one side to another, or from your belly to your back, or visa versa. I will assist you in doing so in order that you feel safe. You will remain draped while switching positions.

When the massage is completed, I will leave the room so that you can get dressed. Please take your time getting off the table as switching positions abruptly can be disorienting. Help yourself to water and make sure that you stay well hydrated after your massage, as manipulation of soft tissue releases toxins into the system that need to be flushed out.

Once you get home, take care of your body. Give it more water. A hot bath or shower will help keep muscles loose and will help ease any residual soreness you might have experienced. Gentle stretching or yoga is a great complement to massage. Re-book follow-up appointments as needed. Weekly or bi-weekly massage is fabulous, but does not always fit into everyone’s budget. Regular massage – even monthly – helps greatly to decrease chronic stress and pain. Postural awareness, mindful eating, and regular exercise that includes stretching will also help you maintain your wellness between appointments.

For Appointments or more information please call 719-371-6214

 

Benefits of Massage

Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach to wellness based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

  • Massages Can Help Alleviate Headaches
    Whether you have a tension-type headache or suffer from migraines, medical research has proven that regular massages can help reduce or even eliminate this painful problem.
  • Massage Can Help Minimize Back and Neck Pain
    Back and neck pain are one of the most common medical complaints, but you do not need to live in pain. Studies have shown that massage  is highly complementary to chiropractic care or acupuncture.
  • Massage Can Help Relieve Insomnia
    At any given time, one-third of adults are experiencing a bout of insomnia, so it is no surprise that people are constantly looking for ways to improve their quality of sleep. Sleep studies have shown a very strong link between weekly massages and reduced insomnia. This is extremely important when you consider the many health issues that are caused by a lack of sleep, including a weakened immune system and a greater risk of depression.
  • Massage Can Help Digestive Issues
    Everyone experiences the occasional digestive issue, and an abdominal massage can help.
  • Massage Can Help Fight Stress
    Chronic stress increases your risk of contracting cancer, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver and lung ailments. Indulging in a massage is linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increased levels of a vital player in the body’s immune system, white blood cells.
  • Massage Helps Boost Immunity
    Everyone can benefit from a boosted immune system, especially people who typically deal with several minor illnesses every year. A research group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that a single 45-minute massage alters the human body’s immune response.
  • Massages Can Help Beat PMS
    The pain that some women experience before and during their menstrual cycle can be effectively combated by a massage. Even better is the fact that studies have shown a direct connection between massage and a reduction in water retention, depression and other symptoms of menstrual distress.
  • Massage Helps Relieve Postural Stress
    Another major problem associated with sitting all day is the development of serious neck and shoulder pain. This is caused by postural stress, and it can also impact your glutes and lower back. Massages address this physical stress and will relieve your painful symptoms.

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