What type of massage should I choose?

The best thing to do if you are unfamiliar with massage is to first read the menu of services and plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for your first session. We will go over your intake form, and depending on how you are feeling that day, what physical issues you are experiencing, your stress level, etc, will help you determine if you need a relaxation massage, a deep tissue massage, or some combination of both. You are not locked in to a set type of massage!  You can change your mind when you get there depending on how you are feeling. It is also important that you communicate during the massage if you are feeling uncomfortable or would like more or less pressure.
What should I wear? Do I have to be totally undressed? Can I get massage with my clothes on?

You should wear whatever is most comfortable. Most sessions are typically performed undressed and covered by a sheet and blanket. One area of the body will be undraped at a time to preserve your comfort and modesty. If you are uncomfortable with being undressed, I am happy to work through your clothes using modified massage techniques. Also, if you want me to leave your hair alone, please tell me! I will do my best to preserve your 'do.
Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort. This table can be heated, unless you do not prefer.

Will the massage oils used make me break-out?

Creme is used instead of oil at Restorative Massage Therapy. If you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to my attention!

How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?

?Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.

What kind of self care can I do after my massage?

I recommend being gentle with yourself by drinking plenty of water, getting rest, and taking an Epsom salt bath for further release of toxins. I do not recommend intense exercise. Moderate exercise, yoga or walking is okay. Remember, massage is like a workout for your body.

How will a massage feel?

?Fabulous!... No really... It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Creme is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so I can use another approach or technique.

How can I buy a gift certificate?

The quickest best way to buy a gift certificate outside of your appointment time is to order one online. The online store is secure, and you have the option to either purchase an instant certificate that is printable once purchased or elect to have a paper certificate sent to the address of your choice in 2-3 business days. You can also call me at (908) 797-2745 and we can take your payment info over the phone.

What form of payment is accepted?

Cash, Check or Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex). Cash is great, Check is too. Credit cards are accepted for your convenience. Reminder: Sale Tax is not included in the fee, and if you obtain a doctor’s prescription for massage you do not have to pay the sales tax. You will be medically exempt.

 If your question wasn't answered, please email and I will return with an answer shortly!

Ready to schedule?

Call (908) 797-2745 or email gwen@restorativemassagetherapy.net  to schedule.

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