FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions | Life Essence Massage | Kristen Ferguson MT118441


  • 1. What should I expect at my first massage session?

    During a first session, the practitioner will ask the client to clarify any condition that may affect the client's health and comfort. It is possible some conditions will require a physician's permission before proceeding.

    The client and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of the session. This will determine which parts of the body require massage. A typical full-body session will include work on the back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders. The client will not be touched on or near the genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).†

  • 2. Is it necessary to be completely unclothed for the massage?

    Techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to clients what they want to wear. They should undress to their level of comfort. They will be properly draped (covered with a sheet or towel) for warmth, comfort and privacy during the entire session. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

  • 3. What style of massage can I expect to receive?

    Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline technique for practitioners. In a typical Swedish massage, the session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm the nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As the body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate skin.†

  • 4. What if I am uncomfortable or not happy with the technique or pressure being used?

    Clients should communicate immediately if they feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when the body is not resisting. Professionals are trained to solicit and receive client feedback and are expected to respond to such situations.†

  • 5. What do I do while I receive my massage?

    The practitioner will either gently move clients or tell them what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting an arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during the session. They should feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique they are receiving.†

  • 6. How many types of massage are there?

    There are numerous types of massage and bodywork — as many as 250 in a recent informal analysis; various techniques employ different strokes, including basic rubbing and rocking movement, posture and movement reeducation, application of pressure to specific points and more.†

  • 7. How long does a typical massage last?

    The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back, legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60-minute to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation.†

  • 8. How will I feel after my massage?

    Most people feel very relaxed after a massage. 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 soft tissues during a massage, the consumer should drink plenty of water following the massage.†

  • 9. Is gratuity required and/or included in the price of the massage service?

    Gratuity is not included in the service price.  Tips are never required or expected but always appreciated.  Typical gratuity amounts range from 15-20% if you are satisfied and happy with the service provided to you, but you are absolutely free to tip whatever amount you like.

  • 10. What forms OF payment do you accept?

    All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) are accepted and processed via 'Vagaro'.  Cash and checks are also accepted.

† Sampled from massagetherapy.com, a public education site powered by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals  (ABMP).

If you have any additional questions or concerns not addressed or answered above, please feel free to contact Kristen Ferguson using the contact information below, or you can fill out the contact form here.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions | Life Essence Massage | Kristen Ferguson MT118441
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions | Life Essence Massage | Kristen Ferguson MT118441
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions | Life Essence Massage | Kristen Ferguson MT118441