Frequently Asked Questions

When should I get a massage?
What is the difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage?
What is my first appointment like?
What do I do during the massage?
What should I expect afterwards?
Should I tip my massage therapist?
What if I can't make my appointment?
How often should I receive a massage?
If I have a cold or flu, should I get a massage?
I've had Deep Tissue massages in the past and it was very painful, are you sure this won't happen again?
Do I need to shower before the massage?
What should I wear?
Do I have to get totally undressed?
I hate being covered during the massage, do I have to be draped?
What if I do something “embarrassing” during the massage session?
Do you massage areas that I may feel are more “sensitive” than others?




When should I get a massage?

Anytime is a good time to get a massage. You don't need to wait until you are stressed or injured. In fact, massage works wonders as preventative care for a person's body and mind. Regular massage is a great way to cope with stress, both physical and emotional, and to keep it from causing discomfort or harm to your body.

What is the difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage?
Swedish massage is a full body massage using various strokes that reduce tension, soothe muscles, increase circulation, and assist in removing toxins from the tissues. Oil or lotion is applied during the massage. Swedish massage is very relaxing and therapeutic.

Deep Tissue massage is like a Swedish massage – however, when the massage therapist identifies specific areas of tension in the body, she will use more aggressive techniques to work out the tension. These techniques take time for the therapist to work past the superficial muscles and deeper to lower levels in your body. If you plan on receiving a deep tissue massage and want a full body massage, schedule at least a seventy five minute appointment. If you book a one hour appointment the therapist may be limited to massaging only your problem areas.

What is my first appointment like?
You should plan to arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork so that the massage therapist has an accurate account of any medical conditions and fully understands your needs.  For a full body massage, you will be asked to undress to your level of comfort and lie on a table covered by a sheet. (The therapist will leave the room while you do this.)  As the massage progresses, the sheet will be turned back to provide access to the area being worked on at that time (e.g., back, arm, neck, etc.).  The room will be warm and quiet and music will be playing softly in the background.

What do I do during the massage?
Just make yourself comfortable and relax. About halfway through the massage the therapist may ask you to turn over (under the sheet). The therapist may ask some questions and request feedback during the massage to assure the massage fits your needs. Some people like to be quiet and perhaps fall asleep; others like to make conversation during the massage. Be sure to speak up if the room is too hot/cold, you experience pain, you have questions related to your massage, or there's anything you forgot to mention during your consultation. The more feedback you give during the massage, the better your massage will be.

What should I expect afterwards?
Your therapist will leave the room while you get dressed. You will probably feel very relaxed after the massage. Take a few minutes to get fully awake before you drive. Soon afterward you may feel an increase of energy and alertness.

Be sure to drink more water than usual to flush out any toxins that have been released into your system during the massage. If you get a deep tissue massage, it's possible you may feel slightly tender in areas and you can apply ice, but for no more than 20 minutes at a time.

Should I tip my massage therapist?
Tips are welcome and appreciated. If you are uncomfortable with tipping, you can always show your appreciation by referring friends, family and co-workers to your massage therapist.

What if I can't make my appointment?
24 hours is considered a considerate notice to cancel an appointment. Your therapist needs time to contact people that may have wanted to come in. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, each therapist has a different policy on future appointments. They may require a credit card to hold your appointment which will be charged if you cancel or no show.

If you are redeeming a gift certificate or prepaid promotion such as Groupon or Living Social, it may be considered redeemed after one cancelation.


How often should I receive a massage?
The answer depends on the reason for receiving a massage. If you come for injury relief, or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life, weekly sessions may be necessary for awhile until improvement occurs. For those who use massage as preventative care and managing daily stress in their lives, once or twice a month is about the norm. You may shorten the time between massages during stressful periods. Some clients come more often because they enjoy it so much.

For some people, the frequency of the massage session they receive is limited by the pocketbook. Once people realize the benefits that massage provides, they frequently find a way to incorporate a regular session into their budget. Others also find ways for their employers to pick up some of the cost. Some therapists have programs to reduce the cost if you receive regular massage.


If I have a cold or flu, should I get a massage?

You should wait until you have been well for a week before getting a massage. This is for your well being as well as to prevent passing your cold or flu on to your therapist and her other clients.


I've had Deep Tissue massages in the past and it was very painful, are you sure this won't happen again?

Therapists work with each client individually using only the pressure that is tolerable for them. I like to use the term "sweet discomfort". If you are receiving a massage and you feel the need to tense up, this is when it becomes counterproductive. It is up to you to communicate with your therapist if you are getting uncomfortable.

Do I need to shower before the massage?
There is no need to shower immediately before or after a massage. If you would feel comfortable going out to eat, you are clean enough for a massage. Of course, if you are coming straight from the gym or a hot summer job, please be courteous and take a shower. Also, ladies, don't worry about shaving or rough heels either. Men don't worry about that stuff and neither should you.

What should I wear?
Wear clothes that don't take too long to get in and out of, you don't want to waste a minute that you could be getting a massage. Remember your therapists use oils and lotions during massage and this will be on your skin when you get dressed. So don't wear your favorite silk blouse.

Do I have to get totally undressed?
Clients and therapists all have different comfort levels for your level of undress.
Therapists may recommend your leave panties or briefs on or take them off. Some therapists work those areas through the covering of the sheet while others make direct contact with the skin. Some therapists avoid the hips and gluts entirely if you leave your underwear on.

It is easier for your therapist to get to areas such as your lower back and hips if you are completely undressed. This is particularly important if you have sciatic pain or lower back pain.

I recommend that men do not come in with underwear that goes down to your knees. It gives your therapist limited access to your upper legs (hamstrings and quads).

However, if removing your under clothes makes you nervous, you wouldn't be able to relax during the massage. Therefore, some people choose to leave their panties or briefs on during massage. It is always up to the client to decide.

I hate being covered during the massage, do I have to be draped?
Yes, it is City of Las Vegas law. (LVMC 6-52-090-E) Do not request to be undraped during your massage. If you remove the drape yourself, your session will be terminated and you will be charged for the full appointment time.


What if I do something “embarrassing” during the massage session?

Massage is very relaxing and certain responses occasionally happen. There is no need to be embarrassed if the following occur: passing gas, getting an erection, difficulty turning over, drooling into the face cradle, nasal congestion or release, falling asleep and snoring, or crying. Your therapist knows that these things happen and will not embarrass you should they occur. We are all human. Please don't let the fear of these possibilities keep you from experiencing the benefits of massage therapy.


Do you massage areas that I may feel are more “sensitive” than others?

In Nevada, the only area off limits to massage therapists is the genital area and breast areas (although therapists trained in breast cancer treatment may massage breast area). Rest assured that the closest we may get to your genital area is the upper thighs. Other areas considered sensitive are the gluts, the pectorals (above and beside the breast), and the abdomen. The gluts are commonly massaged because so much tension goes to that area. Depending on your needs, your massage therapist may massage these areas, either undraped or through the sheet.

Your therapist will work with you to determine how comfortable you are with massage of these areas or any other areas you are concerned with. As you see more of your therapist over time, your nervousness will probably go away when you become comfortable with their professional approach to their work.