Do I have to be completely nude? It's your massage, and your choice. Most clients choose to be totally unclothed under the drape, but a few choose to keep their underwear on. Throughout your massage, a sheet will be draped over your body to protect your (and my) modesty. I will only move enough of the sheet to uncover the area of your body I am currently massaging, then replace the drape before I move to another area. Some areas of your body will always remain covered; Your genital area, the cleavage between your gluteal muscles, and a woman's breasts are never uncovered during a massage. The sheet is a boundary, and my hands will never go anywhere the sheet is covering.
Chair massage is done with you fully clothed, as is geriatric massage or massage for people who are ill.
What parts of my body are included in a "full-body" massage? You're the boss, and you can direct what we focus on during your massage.
Every massage is different, but here's an example of a 1-hour massage. I start by massaging your feet with my own Kentucky Masseur Super Emollient Foot and Body Butter. As I massage your feet, I pay particular attention to areas where nerves can affect your general health. After the feet, I progress to the calves, hamstrings, gluteal muscles, hands, fingers and arms, lower and upper back, and shoulders. At this point, I have you turn over. Then, I massage the front part of your legs, your thighs, your pectoral muscles and your neck. I finish by massaging your face and scalp. Depending on time and your goals, I may or may not massage your abdomen.
What about talking during the massage? It's your massage, and your choice whether or not we talk during the massage. Some people prefer silence, and others want some interaction. I will try to steer conversation away from anything controversial. Politics might not be the right topic during a massage, and we won't talk about emotional subjects like UK vs. U of L!
Do you use oil? For most kinds of massage, I use a little oil or lotion to help my hands slide over your skin without chafing or pulling hair. I don't use so much oil that you need to wash it off before your go on with your day. Unless you have requested aromatherapy, the oil is unscented. Please let me know if you have allergies that might be aggravated by oil or lotion or any scents.
Will I feel any discomfort during my massage? The strokes and pressure of the massage can vary depending on what your goals are. Do you simply want to relax, or are we addressing a particular problem? This is your massage, and I tailor it to your needs and wants. We can often achieve more than one goal in a session (for example, addressing pain and achieving relaxation). Whether you feel any discomfort during a massage depends on your goals. Tense muscles are often sore, and they may be tender when they are massaged. Before we begin, I will always ask you how much pressure you want. If you are new to massage, I will start with "medium" pressure and ask you whether you want more or less. This is your massage, and I rely on you to tell me whether I am using too much pressure, too little, or just enough.
Unless you request otherwise, I will play spa music during your massage. It is pleasant and will help you to relax, but is designed to not be interesting enough to engage your brain. If you want another kind of music, tell me. I have a little of everything, and can massage to any music, or in silence if that's what you prefer.
Body Functions. You spend a lot of your life restricting your body from its natural reactions. As you relax, lots of things can happen. A lot of clients fall asleep. Your sinuses can clear and cause your nose to run. You could get flatulent. You might become aroused. Once in a while, someone gets emotional. Whatever happens, don't worry! I will smile because I know your body is getting what it needs. I will do my best to save you any embarrassment. If I need to adjust the drape or the massage, I will. If you need a tissue, I'll bring one to you. If you need to be comforted, I'm there.
I love what I do!