At your first visit you will complete a two-page Confidential
Client Intake form. This form asks for your contact information, the
primary reason for your visit, details of your current and past health,
any medications you are taking, and your current health habits. Liz will
review the form with you, asking further questions as necessary, in
order to clarify your needs and identify possible contraindications for
massage. Based on the information you have provided, Liz will propose a treatment plan for that day’s session. Once
you and she have agreed on how to proceed, she will leave the treatment
room to wash up, allowing you a few minutes to undress and get
onto the massage table in private. If you are in need of assistance in getting on or off the table, Liz will gladly remain in the room to help you.
The table is prepared with a top and bottom sheet and a blanket, and once on the table, you will cover up with the top sheet and blanket. During your session you will be covered by a sheet at all times and only the area of the body being worked on will be undraped. The breast area and genitals are never exposed or touched. Clients are encouraged to dress down to their personal comfort level. Some clients prefer to undress completely, while others choose to leave undershorts (or additional clothing) on. Liz will tailor the work as needed in order to respect your boundaries and keep you feeling safe and comfortable. You can receive a very effective and relaxing massage while fully clothed.
After giving you a few minutes to get settled onto the table, Liz will knock on the door and wait for your reply before reentering. She will then adjust the table’s face rest to your comfort, will place a bolster (pillow) under your knees or ankles, and will check that you are comfortable before beginning the work.
During your session, Liz will ask you for feedback on the techniques and the pressure she is using, to make sure the work is comfortable and effective for you. You are encouraged to let her know at any time, if you need her to change the technique or pressure. Liz will otherwise remain quiet during your session, allowing you to relax; however, feel free to initiate conversation if you like!
Once the massage is complete, Liz will leave the room to wash up, allowing you time to get dressed. Open the door when you are ready for her to return. You and she will then spend a few minutes talking about how the session worked for you. This is a good time to let her know of any aspects of the treatment you particularly liked or disliked so she can note this information in your records for next time. Based on what she learned during your session, Liz will make recommendations for your future care. Payment in full is due at the end of your session.
Table time refers to the amount of time you are actually on the massage table, versus the time allowed for your entire session, and can vary with different providers. With some massage providers, an hour session really means a 50 minute massage with 10 minutes allowed for other tasks. At Meridian Bodywork & Massage LLC, when you book a one hour massage you get a full one hour of table time, in addition to the time necessary for questions and undressing/dressing, which is typically an additional 20 to 25 minutes. More table time means more therapeutic, relaxing time for you, and a better value for your money. Spending the necessary time on talking both before and after each session gives Liz the information she needs to monitor your progress and plan your continued care.