THE INTAKE PROCESS
Since Massage Therapy is considered Healthcare in most states, you will be asked to complete an Intake Form which includes simple health history.
It is important to let your Massage Therapist knowabout any AND ALL current or past medical conditions; some conditions are not compatible with massage. This helps your Massage Therapist plan an appropriate session for you.
At Nick Clidas Massage and Wellness there are no “One Size Fits All” massage sessions. Your experienced Massage Therapist will tailor your treatment to meet your specific needs.
Nick Clidas Massage and Wellness now use an electronic Intake Form, which can be completed online in just a few minutes and is best completed before your appointment.
When you have your first appointment, your Massage Therapist will review your intake information, and may have questions to clarify your responses before you get on the table. This is the time for you to ask any questions you have.
Assessments, such Muscle Testing, Postural Analysis may be performed to complete your intake.
GETTING ON THE MASSAGE TABLE
First you will shown where to hang clothes or store folded items. You will then be asked to undress to your level of comfort. Some clients/patients are nude under the top sheet on the table; other leave underwear on. This about your comfort, not the Massage Therapist’s convenience. Your Massage Therapist will then leave the Treatment Room to scrub and give you privacy.
When you are ready get on the table as directed (face up, or face down typically) by getting under the top sheet, just like getting into bed.
During your treatment, you will always be provided with appropriate draping; that is, only the body part being worked (like a leg) will be uncovered. At Nick Clidas Massage and Wellness, the American massage Therapy Association’s draping guidelines and the Code of Ethics are strictly adhered to.
Touch is the key to an effective massage.
You may find deeper pressure more to your liking, or lighter touch. Your Massage Therapist will ask about pressure; It is important to communicate about this.
You should understand that Massage Therapy is in no sense sexual, though it involves fairly intimate touch. Should anything cause you to be uncomfortable, let your Massage Therapist know so appropriate adjustment can be quickly made.
This kind of communication is essential to the process.
NO NEED TO RUSH
Once your treatment is completed, your Massage Therapist will let you know that it's time to get up and get dressed.
Do not be in a rush; it is not necessary. Appointments a scheduled with time between for this purpose.
Be aware that because massage lowers the blood pressure, you may feel a bit lightheaded or dizzy.
It is a good idea to drink water after massage. Be moderate; over doing it can upset the stomach.
There will usually be some feedback from your Massage Therapist; observations, suggestions for self-care, sometimes referrals to other healthcare practitioners.
PAYMENT and TIPPING
Finally you be asked for payment - cash or check is preferred, but credit- debit cards work as well.
Tipping is neither expected nor solicited, though grateful appreciated. Cash tips are preferred as credit cards processing fees are incurred otherwise.