Massage Therapist Sandy Burton

FAQ


Austin Massage Therapist

FAQ:

What should I expect at my first session?
Where will my session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Light, medium or deep pressure…what does that mean?
Do you use oil or lotion?
Are there different kinds of massage or bodywork?
What should I do during the session?
How will I feel after the session?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
What about tipping?
Do you work on children and young people?
Do you do Outcalls?
Do you do onsite chair massage events?

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What should I expect at my first session?

After a warm greeting from me and “Jenny” (see About Us), you will complete a medical intake form.  We will discuss any items from the form as well as what brings you in for today’s session.   I will also explain how the massage will go and about the bodyCushion.  After answering any questions you may have, I’ll leave the room so you may undress.  Once you’re on the table and covered, you can call for me: I’ll be just outside the door.  The first session takes 5-10 min longer, so please allow for that extra time so that you may receive your total time “on the table”.  As long as you are on time, you will receive your full minutes for massage.  It will be important for us to talk about the pressure of the massage or if you are uncomfortable in any way.  Each session, I will ask if you have any areas that require focused attention.  As I get used to your tension patterns, I’ll “know” your body better.  You are free to drift off and zone out, if you’d like to chat, that’s fine also.
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Where will my session take place?

Your session will take place in a quiet massage suite, much like a seaside cottage.  The floor is carpeted with plush rugs, an adjoining vanity and restroom area.  The lighting is dimmed and soft relaxing music accompanies the massage.  The room temp is at your desire.  You will be on a deeply padded table with 100% cotton sheets.  The table  is warmed to your preference.  I use the bodyCushion system for maximum support.  If you are large breasted or have had breast surgery, or are nursing, the cushion is adjusted accordingly.
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Must I be completely undressed?

Most massage is performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear.  Many clients prefer to keep underwear or panties on.  You may  undress to your level of comfort.

Will I be covered during the session?

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What parts of my body will be massaged?

A typical full body massage includes your neck, full back, arms, hands, legs, feet, and upper chest.  The gluteal (buttock) muscles are massaged directly, worked on through the draping, or not at all, depending on your preference.  Face and head massage are offered at your request.  Tummy/abdominal massage is offered at your request.  [Any requests for massage of a sexual nature will result in an immediate termination of the session.  You will then be asked to leave.]
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What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

In a general relaxation or Swedish massage, your session will start with broad, flowing strokes which calm your nervous system and increase blood circulation, warming the muscles.  Based on what you and I have discussed for your particular needs, deeper or more firm pressure will be used in the appropriate areas.
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Light, medium, deep pressure….what does that mean?

It means something different for each person!  As we begin the session, I will ask you how the pressure feels to you, and I’ll count on you to tell me if it’s too light, or too much.  Different kinds of massage require different kinds of pressure; and even that can vary depending on which muscle group we’re working.
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Do you use oil or lotion?

I use a professional brand cream that rubs in like a lotion and does not leave a greasy feel.  All clients appreciate not feeling “oiled up” after the session and how the cream softens their skin.  It contains no parabens.  It allows for deep massage without excessive friction to the skin.
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Are there different kinds of massage or bodywork?

There are upwards of 30 kinds of bodywork!  I use Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and  Fascial/Connective Tissue Softening and Lengthening.  Various techniques use different strokes, rubbing, rocking, soft or firm work with the therapist’s elbow, knuckles, and forearm.  Your massage may include posture and movement re-education, application of targeted pressure to specific points, and more.  You and I will discuss these before each session depending on what you need at that time.
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What should I do during the session?

You may just relax into the bodyCushion and allow me to move your arms or legs or head as needed.  During the session I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session.  Let me know if you need different pressure, another blanket or anything else related to the session.  Some clients like a bit of Tiger Balm on a tissue in the face cradle especially during allergy season.  If you have question about a particular technique, feel free to ask.  I’m great at massage, not so much at mind reading!  As we establish a regularly scheduled massage relationship, I will get to know your body’s tension patterns and we will be able to work accordingly.  Water is provided at any time during the session and certainly afterwards.
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How will I feel after the session?

Most people feel very relaxed.  You will likely have greater range of motion or a lessening of pain.  In some cases one massage corrects a problem (“I slept wrong and have a crick in my neck”).  In other cases massage opens your muscles and tissues so your body can self correct.  If you request deep work, you may be sore the next day.  I will let you know what to do if that’s the case.  You may also experience increased energy and greater productivity.  Since toxins (naturally occurring in cellular respiration and ones that accumulate with pain patterns or “knots”) are released during a massage, it is very important that you drink extra water following the massage.  Water is available in the massage suite.
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Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?

Yes.  That’s why it is imperative that you answer the health questions on the intake form.  And it’s important to let me know how you’re feeling each time you have a session.  If you have a fever, you must not have a massage.  Not only are you likely contagious, but the massage will make you feel worse. If you are under the care of a doctor or physical therapist or chiropractor, etc, it’s important that you let them know you have access to massage. Let me know if they need to inform me of what limitations they may have set for you.  We’re all on your side and we all work together for your best interest! Depending on certain conditions, approval from your other health care practitioner may be necessary.
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What about tipping?

At Gift of Serenity Massage, you will see no signs explaining how much you should tip.  Leaving cash or adding to your session payment is completely up to you.  Tips are a gift based on your experience for that session.  If you have questions regarding an appropriate amount, please check online for suggested amounts.  But, please understand, I view tips as an extra, not a mandatory custom.
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Do you work on children and young people?

Yes.  If the child is 17 or younger, you must sign the Consent to Treat a Minor section of the intake form, and you or an adult responsible must be in the massage room for the duration of the session.

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Do you do Outcalls (I bring my massage table or chair to your location)?

Outcalls are provided on a per-occasion basis and can be discussed with the therapist.

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Do you do onsite chair massage events? (Bring my massage chair to work on a group of people)

Onsite chair massage is provided on a per-occasion basis and can be discussed with the therapist.

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