Transformative Self-Care - Therapeutic Massage and Yoga

 Frequently Asked Questions


This will be my first professional massage what can I expect?
You should expect to be listened to and cared for! Your only task is to relax so let your therapist know that this is your first massage to receive some tips on relaxation. You may choose to close your eyes and focus inward during your massage. However, it is perfectly fine if you decide to talk during your session if this helps you to relax. I will check in on you to give you an opportunity to ask for an adjustment to the pressure, but feel free to ask questions or to communicate where you require more attention or if there is any discomfort. Also, reading through the rest of the frequently asked questions should give you a better picture of what to expect.  

How will a massage therapy feel?
a touch therapy like professional massage should ultimately feel good, even though there may be some discomfort, there is usually a greater sense of relief. It usually depends on the techniques used but it is my aim for you to feel better! Your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) or compression that will help calm your nervous system and relax superficial muscular tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased and various techniques used to relax specific areas and release muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique. 

What session length should I choose?
This depends on your desired results! If you have not had work in a while, if ever, and find that there are several areas in need of attention, a 90 or 120 minute massage is recommended. If you receive regular work or just need general relaxation and care all over, a 60 or 90 minute massage is recommended.

How often should I receive professional massage therapy?
The short answer is as often as possible! T
ransformation and healing takes time! We require a lot of our bodies and minds, and regular massage helps the body, mind, and spirit to remain balanced and healthy, reduces or eliminate pain, and increases well-being. It is recommended to receive massage about once a month. But sometimes it is ideal to receive bodywork weekly or bi-weekly if you are suffering from postural distortion, myofascial trigger points, or chronic issues like ongoing lower back or neck pain, as some conditions take longer to reverse and heal. My goal as your massage therapist will be to help you to improve your condition so that you require less and less bodywork over time and I am happy to create a wellness plan with you to address your issues and concerns.


I am self-conscious, do I have to disrobe? 
While disrobing is not absolutely required, clothes can limit the scope of techniques used during the massage. Most clients undress completely, but many leave on their underwear. Either way, you will be given time and privacy to undress, or during the session you will always be properly covered with at least a sheet, and if preferred, a blanket as well. Your therapist will only uncover one area (the area being worked on) at a time.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for a massage?
Absolutely! Drink lots of water to promote healing and expect your massage to be a pleasant experience! You and your well-being will be the focus of your massage session, and the best way to receive full benefits from the massage is to relax as much as possible. Any yoga, stretching, or breathwork before can help prepare your muscles and connective tissue to let go of tension, and also help you become more aware of where you need attention so you can communicate this to your massage therapist.

Are there any forms that I will need to fill out?
Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a client intake form. Afterwards  you will be asked general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform a postural assessment to evaluate your condition, and to understand what may be contributing to any presenting complaints like neck and shoulder pain, poor or limited range of motion, muscular tension, or postural distortions.

Is there anything I should do after a massage? i.e. drink more water and why?
Again, drinking plenty of water is essential to maximizing the healing benefits of massage and recovery after working the muscles. This helps your body to flush out the toxins released from your muscles so that you will experience the benefits of the work for longer. Also, it is recommended that each client take the time to walk afterwards and to stretch regularly to change and release the patterns that create pain and tension in the body, particularly after bodywork. Also, an Epsom or sea salt soak are a great way to purify the body and mind and prevent or relieve any soreness.

I have a skin condition; can I still get a massage?
A: It depends. If you have a contagious rash or condition you will have to schedule your massage after the condition has cleared up. Other times when massage is not recommended is when the client is running a fever...however, massage can be beneficial to psoriasis, eczema, and various other non-contagious skin conditions.

Should I tip my massage therapist, and if I choose to, how much?
Though tips absolutely are not required or expected, they are appreciated. Typical tips range from 5 to 20 dollars depending on the length of the massage. But the best tip is to be recommended to your friends, family and colleagues who might benefit from massage therapy!

How do I know I found a professional massage therapist?
Of course, you want to see a licensed therapist that can meet your particular needs, whom you feel comfortable with. The best way to decide on the right therapist for you is to schedule a massage session based on the information provided on a website and perhaps considering any referrals from friends or colleagues who have a therapist that has helped them with a specific issue such as low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, sports recovery, migraines, headaches, fatigue, and so on. 

What types of massages do you offer?
I blend various therapeutic touch techniques ranging from Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, acupressure  and stretches inspired by Thai massage (also known as Thai Yoga massage) to offer a unique massage experience adapted for each client to promote pain relief, well-being, and relaxation.

Where will my massage session take place?   
In a comfortable and quiet room located at Mind Body Yoga in Northwest Austin where you will lie on a table designed for your comfort.



Feel free to call if you have any additional questions or to schedule a session today! 
                         
                           (512) 663-8634                                  nSame day appointments available!!!             

Transformative Self-Care
Address: 

16301 Yellow Sage St,
Pflugerville, Texas 78660

Email: DanielleDeniseHicks@gmail.com

      
























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