Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find the office?
Come to The Cotton Mill at 74 Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro. Drive to the right side of the building and park in an available spot in the side lot (free parking!). Enter the door that says "Handicapped Entrance" and turn right, go up the stairs, cross the hallway and keep going until you reach the first door on the left. There are signs pointing the way on the walls as well. If you have any issues at all, call me at 802.451.0428.
What can I expect during the massage session?
In order to give a safe and pleasant massage, I will ask you to fill out some paperwork, and talk with you about anything that may impact the massage. This may take up to 30 minutes, but is often quicker than that. After that I will leave the room so you can undress to your level of comfort, and lay down under the drape on the table. When you are ready, I'll come back in and begin the massage. Nature sounds will play in the background (or you can let me know if you want music or silence instead), and you lay there and relax. At any point you can tell me if you need more or less pressure, table heat, or want work on a secific area, I will massage one area and then the next, undraping only the area where I'm working. When the massage is done, I'll leave the room so you can change. After you're ready, we can discuss any questions you have, you can pay, and if you would like you can schedule your next massage.
What do I wear? Do I take off all my clothes?
You will be under a sheet during the massage, and I will only undrape areas when working on them. Most people remove all of their clothes, and some leave their briefs on. However it is completely up to you how much, if any, clothes you remove.
What is included in a full body massage?
Usually the back, hips, glutes, legs and feet, perhaps the abdomen through the sheet, arms, top of chest near collar bones, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. If there are any areas you would like me to skip just let me know.
What if I don't like the pressure, technique, etc.?
Tell me. I won't be offended, and actually want to know so I can make the massage as pleasant and effective as possible for you. I'll check in near the beginning of the massage, but you can tell me anything at any time.
Is there talking, music, etc. during the massage?
That's up to you. Generally people find it easier to relax when not talking, but it's your choice. I usually play nature sounds, but if you prefer silence, white noise, or music, just let me know.
Is deep tissue/cupping/other techniques painful?
If anything is unpleasant for any reason, let me know and I will stop or lighten the pressure. The massage should never be painful. Some people enjoy more pressure than others, but I can always make the pressure lighter, or ease into the muscle tissue more slowly. I want you to be able to relax for the greatest therapeutic benefit, and pain is not the way to do that.
What training do you have? What kinds of massage?
The Massage School in Easthampton, MA (750 hour certificate program), including:
deep tissue massage
trigger point massage
Massachusetts Massage License (Vermont does not have licensing)
Continuing Education (NCBTMB certified) - over 40 hours, including:
hot stone massage
how back and hip
fibromyalgia and myofascial pain