Your health, personal
well-being and comfort are my top priority. I understand that
if you’re new to receiving professional massage you
may have some questions and concerns. I’d like to guide
you through the process and answer some common questions.
Of course, if there’s any questions you have that aren’t
covered here, I welcome your email.
What to Expect
On your first massage
we’ll discuss any specific needs or problem areas you
may have. Please don’t be shy--if you’re experiencing
tension or pain, I’ll gently locate and treat these
areas, but the more you communicate your needs, the better
I can tailor a treatment to you.
Unless you specifically
ask for deep tissue work, I’ll begin with only moderate
pressure. This is my opportunity to get a sense of your problem
areas and what your body needs. If you want or require more
or less pressure, just tell me. Remember, this is your massage.
Toward the conclusion
of the massage, I wrap you up (if you have chosen an oil massage), take your time, and when you’re
ready, ease yourself up. Again, you may feel groggy and even
a bit disoriented at first--but in a very relaxed and pleasant
way. You’ll have let all your tensions and cares go
for a while, and you’ll need a moment to re-acclimate
yourself to your surroundings. I’ll step out of the
room, and allow you to get up and re-dress.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does massage
do, other than feel good?
Scientific study has now proven many of the healing aspects
of massage. Among the benefits, massage:
•Helps rid the body of toxins
•Assists lymphatic and venous flow
•Increases nutrition and respiration to the cells and
•Stimulates the sensory receptors (nerves) of the skin
and deeper tissue
•Relieves joint ache and pain
•Promotes good posture and self esteem
•Improves tone and texture of the skin
•Causes release of natural endorphins and promotes relaxation
What should I
do to prepare for massage?
Eat lightly before a massage or wait at least one hour after
Avoid stimulants (caffeine, sugar, etc.)
Refrain from any alcohol and/or drugs prior to a session.
Come freshly showered.
Are you fully
Yes. This ensures you are working with a trained professional
who meets exacting requirements.
Should I undress completely?
The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and
safe. Oil massage is generally best received when fully undressed. However, I use towels to drape areas that I’m not presently working
on. Your breasts area and genitals are covered during all the massage therapy. You can expect an absolute respect of your privacy.
If you have any concerns
about body image, please know that I’m a professional
with years of experience working with every imaginable body
type-both male and female. I do not bring a sense of judgement
about your body into our sessions.
Is massage sexual?
is absolutely non-sexual. Massage therapy sometimes still carries an unfortunate and
undeserved connotation with sexual activity. I observe very strict professional
guidelines that protect both myself and my clients, and which
are absolutely crucial to a trusting relationship.
Are there any areas you avoid?
Massage work avoids areas of the genitals and breasts (in
women). The buttocks include large muscle masses which can
affect posture and alignment, so I generally work on this
area. However, you are uncomfortable with that, I will exclude
that area as well.
What if I fall asleep?
It’s perfectly natural when you reach a state of deep
relaxation, that you may fall asleep. Even if you feel you
have "missed" parts of it, you will take the benefits
of massage with you.
Will the massage be painful?
Relaxation massage is not painful. Some deep-tissue work may
cause temporary discomfort or pain as I work to release knots
(adhesions) in the tissue. The feeling will quickly subside
as your body releases endorphins to the area--much as it does
during vigorous exercise.
I’ve heard that I may feel sick after a massage,
is this true?
In rare cases, the release of toxins from your tissues may
cause a mild headache. This generally won’t be an issue
if you drink plenty of water after your massage. Any temporary
discomfort will be more than offset by the benefits of cleansing
your body of these toxins. You should feel no other ill effects.
In fact, you should feel great!
I hate to drive after a massage. Do you make housecalls?
Yes. For your comfort I do housecalls in Paris or at your
hotel. Appointments are available 8am to 9pm, Monday through
Do you see only men? Only women?
I regularly treat both men and women.
How long are your sessions?
Most are one hour, but longer sessions 1h30 may be arranged
in advance (better for a whole bodywork)
How often should I receive massage?
Massage should be part of your regular wellness regimen. Once
you experience the benefits of massage, you’ll find
a natural rhythm that works well for you and your specific
needs. I recommend at least once a month. However, you may
benefit from more frequent treatment for chronic tensions,
or times of unusually high stress. Let your own mind and body
be your guide.
Is tipping expected?
My rates are set to what I feel is both reasonable for my
work and an honest value for you as the client. Therefore
tipping is not required or expected, though it is graciously
accepted if you feel it’s appropriate.