If you have never received a massage before...
How should I dress?
- Must wear a face mask to enter and throughout the session.
- Come to the massage dressed as you normally would be anywhere. Clients prefer light/sports clothing to be able to change quickly.
- Dress down to your own personal comfort level, we will work around whatever you decide.
- For a 30 minutes Sports Massage, loose sportswear is best as this service might be performed over your clothes.
- Women, keeping your underwear bottoms on is fine, but if you keep your bra on, it makes it difficult for the therapist to work on your back.
- Men who wear boxers, loose fitting ones are best. Boxer briefs make it a little more difficult to work certain areas of the hips/thighs, but it is still manageable.
- Remove obstructive jewelry before getting on the table. Necklaces, earrings, watches/bracelets, etc.
- For women (or long-haired men), having a hair-tie available is never a bad idea.
- Please, DO NOT start undressing before the therapist leaves the room, and always get under the sheet before the therapist comes back in.
- We are legally required to drape/cover you.
If you are pregnant, or recently gave birth
- Check with your doctor if it’s safe for you to receive a massage.
- If you gave birth within the last 6 weeks, you must receive a postnatal massage session. Although you’re not pregnant anymore, careful precautions must be taken after giving birth. Please check with your doctor prior to booking with us.
- If a C-section was performed, or there were complications during delivery such as postpartum bleeding, you need to check with your doctor as recovery rate varies for every individual. You might need to wait 4 to 6 weeks before being cleared by your doctor.
Prior to First Massage Session
- Fill out our Intake Form by downloading it ahead of time, as well as the Health Screen Questionnaire. You may print it or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wear a face mask before you enter the building and keep it throughout the session.
- Don’t eat or drink right before your massage session.
- Arrive up to 5 minutes early to appointment. We need to take your temperature, check all paperwork is filled out, and we ask you wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer before session. If you arrive earlier than 5 minutes, we ask that you wait in your vehicle and/or give us a call to let us know.
- No visitors or additional family members are allowed in at this time. Clients under 18 years old, or those who may need assistance (physical, sensory, intellectual, development disabilities, and/or cognitive impairments) may be accompanied by one adult.
- Discuss any conditions you have, or had, with your therapist. This will help us understand what you are looking/expecting from your session.
- If you are looking to purchase Gift cards or Certificates, please visit our Shop page to purchase them electronically. Or call us for assistance (703)663-8600.
-Questionnaire to be filled out every appointment:
-For any session (except MLD):
-Only for Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) session:
After your massage session
- Discuss with your therapist next steps to follow and/or any recommendations according to your condition. Exercises or how often to continue treatment.
- Drink plenty of water, why? Because during a massage, fluids are being pumped out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system and then flushed out when you pee (reason why it is so common to pee right after a session). By replenishing the lost fluid, you will stay hydrated and prevent symptoms such as headaches and loss of balance (caused by dehydration). In addition, drinking plenty of water will help your kidneys eliminate the waste your body couldn't circulate on its own. We recommend bringing your own water bottle, you may always refill your own bottle here.
- To show appreciation to your therapist you may leave a tip using an envelope for cash (envelopes found in room & lobby), or also on a credit card when paying for session.
- And lastly, Book your next appointment!