What can I expect when you arrive?
The therapist will arrive at your scheduled time to set up the table for your massage. If it is your first session, extra time will be taken to complete an intake, including filling out forms, to discuss your needs and desired outcomes. This can take up to 30 minutes. During this time, you and the therapist will discuss a plan for your session(s). After the first session, the therapist will discuss with you anything that has changed since their last visit and adjust the plan to fit your current status. Typical intake for a recurring session takes 10-15 minutes. After each session, the therapist will conduct a outtake review. This includes discussion of anything you noticed, they noticed, homework for you (self care techniques), and recommended frequency of sessions. Please also allow for 10-15 minutes after the outtake is complete to break down the table and leave you to continue your relaxation in the comfort of your home.
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your session will take place in the comfort of your own home. TruBloome asks that the space be large enough to accommodate the massage table and freedom of movement of the therapist. This is about a 5×8 foot space. Generally, the “den” or “studio” in most units will work or a space the size of most balconies. TruBloome also requests any distractions, such as phones, TVs, radios, be silenced or switched off to ensure the best atmosphere for relaxation.
Do I have to get completely undressed?
No. You decide your comfort level and undress to your level of comfort. All clients are draped accordingly – meaning only the body part being worked on is uncovered.
Will the therapist be present when I undress/dress?
No. The therapist will step out the room when you are undressing before a session or dressing after a session. You can undress, relax on the table and cover up with the sheet. After the session, you can relax on the table for as long as you need before dressing. The therapist will knock before entering or check with you first before returning.
What part(s) of my body will be massaged?
The desired outcomes discussed during your intake will determine which parts of your body will be massaged. A typical full body massage will include the arms, legs, back (upper and lower), shoulders, neck, hands, feet and head. You will NOT be touched on or near your genital area or genitals. This includes breasts for female clients. If there is any area (e.g. feet) you want avoided, just let your therapist know.
What will be used on my body during the session?
A lubricant, in the form of hypoallergenic, natural lotion or oil, to permit work on the skin without excessive friction.
Essential oils, if chosen by the client, to enhance relaxation, healing, and engagement of more senses.
What is expected of me during a massage session?
Make yourself comfortable. Let the therapist know if you experience pain, nausea, or discomfort as soon as possible. Some clients close their eyes, relax, or even fall asleep. Other clients like to talk. All of these are completely okay. Feel free to ask questions about the massage, the technique, or massage in general. This is your session and the therapist will follow your lead.
Any illicit or sexually suggestive remarks or advances made by the client will result in immediate termination of the session.
What might I experience during a session?
Clients typically will feel relaxed, content, or even sleepy. Some clients may experience a release that may exhibit as crying or laughter. Both are okay and a good sign that your body is releasing things that no longer serve you. The session is a safe space to just be. Your therapist is equipped and trained to handle many different kinds of responses.
Depending on the technique and the state of your body, you may feel some discomfort as we work through those areas. The therapist will communicate with you prior to doing anything that may cause discomfort, such as Trigger Point Therapy. The therapist will also guide you through breathing techniques to assist with the session.
How will I feel after a massage session?
Most clients feel very relaxed or what we like to call blissed out. Some clients will experience relief from chronic pain or tension. After the session, some clients experience increased energy, greater productivity, and clarity. This can all last for days after a session. Depending on the type of session, clients may also have some delayed onset muscle soreness. Since toxins are released during a massage session, you should drink plenty of water afterwards to flush out those toxins. Lack of water can result in headaches and other unnecessary muscle soreness.
If you have any other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.