Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect during my first Thai Massage appointment?
Before we begin the massage, I will ask you to fill out a health history and release form. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow sufficient time, or print off the form here and bring it with you. I will then allow time to discuss current massage goals, such as addressing chronic pain or other areas of tension. I may ask more specific questions about your health history after reviewing your forms in order to determine appropriate massage techniques.
Thai Massage includes compression, stretches, and joint mobilizations. Please wear loose or flexible clothing that allows for freedom of movement. Many people find athletic clothing to be most comfortable.
Please review my Covid policies for updates on mask requirements.
It is important to list all health concerns and medications so I can provide a safe and effective massage. Please use this time to bring up any preferences you have or any questions about the massage.
What is Thai Massage?
Thai Massage is a traditional form of bodywork from Thailand. The client fully clothed for the session, and it is done on a mat on the floor, though I also offer Thai on the Table sessions for those who need it. Thai Massage includes compressions, joint mobilizations, and stretches, and is sometimes known as "lazy man's yoga."
What does a Thai Massage feel like?
Many of my clients say a Thai Massage is unlike any other kind of massage they've had! While it can seem very active since I am moving the client so much, most find it to be very relaxing, and many people even fall asleep. During your session, your only job is to focus on relaxing and letting go; the less clients try to 'help' me move them, the easier my job is!
There are two types of pain I associate with massage. The first is when a massage therapist hits a ”good spot” that is holding a lot of tension, and while pressure brings some pain, it also brings relief. The second kind of pain goes beyond this first relieving pain and causes us to tense up and hold our breath. The saying “no pain, no gain” is particularly unhelpful in this situation, as this type of pain adds more tension to the body rather than helping it to relax.
During your massage, please let me know if something does or does not feel good, if you would like more or less pressure, or if I need to move my pressure to a better spot.
What should I do during the Thai Massage session?
During the massage, your job is to relax. You may choose to take deep breaths or meditate. Many people end up falling asleep, which is completely normal. During the massage I will be moving you around; just relax and try to not 'help' me. If I move you into an uncomfortable position, you may let me know or adjust on your own.
If there is anything that will help you relax more, please let me know. Temperature adjustments and pillows can be easily provided. I consider pressure adjustments to be essential to providing a good massage and welcome requests for more or less pressure. Please do not hesitate to ask to leave to use the restroom.
Some massage sessions may include some work from you. During assisted stretches you will be asked where your limit is in the stretch. Other techniques require you to add resistance to pressure. If at any point you would prefer to not participate and just relax (or to participate more), please let me know.
Can I talk during my session?
During a massage I encourage clients to relax and to communicate needs relevant to the session, such as temperature and pressure. Many people like to talk at the beginning of the massage as they begin to relax. You are not obligated to maintain conversation, especially as the session progresses and I focus more intently on finding areas of tension and ways to help your body relax.
How will I feel after the Thai Massage?
Many people feel relaxed after a Thai Massage and experience relief from some pain and tension. People usually report feeling 'looser,' more 'open,' and even 'taller!'
You may experience some soreness over the following few days. This is normal, and a hot shower, soak in the tub, or an anti-inflammatory may reduce the soreness. If you continue to have symptoms, please notify me and consider contacting a physician.
How accessible is your studio?
I typically work on a mat on the floor, and my space is on the second story of our building. If getting up and down to the floor is difficult, or if stairs are not accessible for you, please let me know when scheduling! I also work on the table, and we have spaces available downstairs (with no step up or down from the sidewalk).
One reason I love doing Thai massage is that it is more accessible for many people. The mat is large enough for people of all sizes, and I keep bolsters and pillows available for my clients' comfort.
There are a wide range of accessibility needs beyond getting to a physical space. Please get in touch before your appointment and let me know what accommodations you need.
How often should I get a massage?
Some people choose to receive a massage weekly or biweekly in order to manage chronic pain. Others choose to receive massage monthly as preventative care or to manage stress and anxiety. I typically suggest that clients pay attention to how their body feels in the days and weeks after receiving a massage, and to consider rebooking when they feel the effects of their last massage diminishing. For those who would like to extend the effects of their massage between sessions, I can suggest self-care options or you can visit my blog for a few of these techniques.
Are you LGBTQ+ friendly?
I strive to create a space that is welcoming and affirming for all people, regardless of sexuality, gender, or gender expression. I do not need information about client's identity in order to work with them (though information about surgeries and medications is helpful), but I want clients to feel comfortable with being themselves during their appointment.
While not necessary for one's massage appointment, I do include space in my intake paperwork for pronouns for those who would like to share them. Partner massage classes are open to any group of two people, including partners, family, and friends (please email to inquire about larger groups). All trans and non-binary clients are welcome; I am aware of some general issues the community may face, but please ask for a referral for any post-surgery work that is more specific.