Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers about our massage sessions at Self Endearment. If you’re new to massage, you’ll want to know exactly what to expect from our clinic.
We’ve broken it down for you, so there are no surprises and you feel comfortable during your sessions at Self Endearment.
What should I expect during my first visit?
At Self Endearment we will require you to fill out a health history form either online or in the office. Afterward your Therapist will begin the session by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like focused on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine what type of massage is appropriate for you. Your Therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the Therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the Therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.
It’s a good idea to come 10-15 minutes before your first appointment to carefully fill out your health history form, use the restroom and have any questions you may have answered.
Once the treatment has been determined, the Therapist will leave the room to allow you the privacy to get onto the table and make yourself comfortable.
Your Therapist will then leave the room to allow you to disrobe. You can receive an effective, therapeutic massage regardless of what clothing (if any) you choose to remove. Your comfort and ability to relax is a top priority for our Therapists. Some people like to take off all their clothing, while others leave on their undergarments or other articles of clothing. It’s really up to you.
If you choose to be fully clothed, please wear loose fitting clothing (like sweatpants and a t-shirt) so that your body will not be restricted during your treatment. Cover yourself with the table linens provided and wait for your therapist.
Before re-entering the room to begin the treatment, your therapist will knock on the door to announce their entrance.
You’ll stay under the fresh linens on the heated, padded massage table throughout the treatment. Our Therapists are trained to ensure the sheet on the massage table always drapes you and protects your privacy. Only the body part being worked on will be uncovered.
Your Therapist will ask you periodically whether the pressure is okay. You should also feel free to communicate with your therapist about pressure at any time, as well as about draping or any pain you might be feeling throughout the massage. You can expect complete quiet from your therapist or relaxing conversation if you prefer. There will be calming music played, unless you don’t want it.
Why do I have to put a credit card on file?
When you book an appointment our massage therapist is setting aside that time specifically for you. Therapists do not get paid if you don’t show up at most locations…that is not the case at Self Endearment. Our therapists are paid for no show appointments because it is not the therapists fault if you forget your appointment. Your credit card on file is only ever used if you schedule an appointment and then do not show up or do not cancel your appointment 6 hours or more in advance. The cancellation fee is $45 and will be charged once your appointment time has been missed. If you do not wish to put a credit card on file you can pre-pay for your massage session by contacting our office or paying online through our scheduling system.
Thank you for understanding our Massage Therapists time is valuable!
If I want a really deep massage shouldn’t I see a male therapist?
The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women. It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. If you are looking for a deep pressure massage, it is best to simply ask the therapist if she/he does this type of work. And of course, during your session it is perfectly okay to give the therapist feedback if you would like lighter or deeper pressure. It’s your session!
And remember, massage does not have to hurt to be effective.