what to expect?

Relaxation and pain relief...Take a deep breath and let that stress go.

Massage may be a new experience for you. When we try something new and don't know what to expect, we may naturally feel apprehensive or nervous. If this is your concern , you will be glad to know that, Darlene Cook,  your massage therapist will do everything possible to insure that your experience is positive and rewarding. On your first visit,  Darlene will allow an extra 20 minutes to talk with you and walk you through the clinic. You'll be asked about your reasons for getting a massage, current physical condition, medical history, stress level,  areas of pain and other pertinent topics. This time will give you a chance to ask questions about your treatment.

Some of the following questions and answers may help ease your mind. If you have any other questions please Contact us and Darlene will be happy to assist you.

What is Massage? 

Massage involves the systematic stroking, kneading and pressing the soft tissues of the body in order to induce a state of total relaxation. Massage affects the body as a whole and research shows it reduces the heart rate,  lowers blood pressure and raises blood circulatory and Lymph flow. It relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increase endorphins, the body's natural pain killers.


Where Will My Massage Take Place?

Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, private, peaceful room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a massage table especially designed for your comfort. 

Who Will Perform the Massage? 

Your  session will be conducted by a professional who has received proper training in a variety of techniques. Darlene Cook is a Licensed Massage Therapist . You can find more information regarding Darlene on our about us page. 

Can Anyone Receive A Massage?

Everyone can benefit from a massage. Male and female, anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

How Long Will The Session Take?

The average full-body massage session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck, shoulders and back. Depending on your stress and pain,  Darlene will work with you to come up with the best massage treatment in the alloted time. Many people prefer a 60 to 90 minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. 

What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged? 

You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) under any circumstances or breasts (female). Sexual interaction or discussion of any kind between the client and therapist is never appropriate and will not be tolerated.

Must I Be Completely Undressed?

Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. It is okay to leave on underwear and/or loose fitting shorts. You will be asked to undress in private and drape yourself with a clean flannel sheet and light cover provided by your therapist. Your therapist will ask permission to enter the room and undrape only that part of your body being massaged, insuring that your modesty is respected at all times. It's also helpful if you know to schedule your massage at the end of your workday and bring along your casual clothes to wear when you leave. Struggling into pantyhose or retying a tie can be a nuisance after a relaxing massage.

Will Oil Be Used? 

A therapeutic massage creme will be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin.  After going over your intake form with you, we will choose a creme that will work best for your massage goals.  Bon Vital organica massage creme is enriched with certified organic jojoba, olive oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and more! Infused with certified organic arnica and chamomile botanicals.  This creme does not contain any nut oil.  these lotions and cremes will hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed. You will not leave feeling oily

What Will the Massage Feel like?

It depends on the techniques used. In general,  the Swedish massage session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. Some techniques involve rocking movement, application of pressure to specific points, gentle pulling/traction, kneading, light compression and more. You should communicate with your therapist immediately if you feel any discomfort or if you would like less or more pressure applied. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting. 

What Should I Do During the Massage Session? 

Make yourself comfortable, and if you can turn your cell phone off. One of the fine things about massage is that it allows you to forget about clocks and schedules. Try to relax and breathe deeply and regularly. Don't try to help the therapist. For example, when it is time for you to lift your arm, let it be lifted for you. Allow your body to be completely taken care of by your therapist. When your massage is over, there is no need to get up immediately. Your therapist will leave the room and you can lie still with your eyes closed and absorb whatever you are feeling a few minutes longer.  

How Will I Feel After the Massage? 

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which cans last for days. Since toxins are released from our soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water afterward.

What Are The Benefits of Massage?

There are plenty, you may learn more about the benefits of massage.

Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Inadvisable? 

Yes, that's why it's imperative that before you begin your session, Your practitioner ask general health questions. It is very important that you inform her of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you have any contagious skin conditions or if you suffer from certain circulatory ailments such a phlebitis, infectious diseases, certain forms of cancer, cardiac problems, or any inflamed or infected tissue  be sure to consult your physician.  If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation or approval for massage prior to your session.  

Will Insurance Pay For Massage Therapy? 

Depends on your particular insurance coverage. You can call your insurance company to find out. Many times, you will need a doctors prescription. 

Expect more! 

At Harris Neck Massage Clinic you can expect more than a great massage, pain relief, relaxation, and a peaceful place to be. You can expect free massages and discount packages. Please take a moment to check out our referral and rewards programs.