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“A relaxing and restorative experience. Miah is such a gentle and calming presence.”

— Rachel

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s important to have trust and good communication between therapist and client. I don’t want there to be any surprises before, during, or after your session. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions: If you have any other questions, please ask me! (link to contact) I care about your questions, and I'm here to help!

1. How do I book an appointment?

You can either fill out the contact information on this website or send me an email at miah (at) FigandHibiscus (dot) com. Include your phone number, and I'll give you a call to confirm your appointment and go over your medical history to make sure that massage is a good fit for you and go over the required paperwork before your appointment. We'll also go over your goals for the session, whether it's relaxation or treating neck and shoulder tension.

For first-time clients, a 50% deposit through Paypal will hold your spot.

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2. What can I expect when I come for a massage session?

There will be draping. Only the body part that is currently being worked on will be uncovered. You are welcome to undress to the level of your comfort. Typically clients take off their bra and clothes, leaving their underwear on if that's comfortable for them, but some wear athletic clothing. The breast and pelvic areas will remain covered at all times for women, and the pelvic area for men. I only massage those areas with signed consent and a note from your doctor.

You can stop the massage anytime if you feel uncomfortable. If something bothers you, please let me know immediately. I cannot read minds, and I do want to know if something hurts, if the pressure is too deep, or if you feel uncomfortable for any reason.

If you need to go to the bathroom during a session, I have robes for that purpose. Don't hesitate to let me know. If you need extra pillows for support, or if you have trouble laying on your back or on your stomach, please let me know.

If something comes up within 24 hours of your massage, such as a fever, swelling, or another medical concern, call or text me and I'll get back to you on the best way to proceed.

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3. What if I've never had a massage before?

I recommend starting with a Swedish massage. It's a good way to get introduced to what massage is and what it can do for you. You're welcome to try the 30 minute massage.

Before the massage begins, we'll discuss more details about what will take place in your session based on your individual needs.

If you feel uncomfortable at any point, please let me know. Swedish massage is designed to be a relaxing, nurturing experience. If you have tension from stress or any other cause, you may have experienced some pain from the buildup of scar tissue and other adhesions from tight muscles. This can be caused by stress, injury, lack of water, or other causes. We can either work these issues out or leave them alone, whatever is comfortable for you.

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4. What do I need to do before my massage?

After we confirm your appointment, I’ll send you the intake forms if it’s your first appointment.

On the day of your massage, make sure that you have a room available that’s free from distractions including children, pets, and phone notifications for the length of your appointment (the time booked plus an additional 30 minutes for setting up and taking down the massage table).

If you tend to be cold, set your thermostat at a higher temperature and/or have blankets nearby, as being at a comfortable warm temperature can help you relax.

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5. When should I not receive a massage?

If you have a cold or the flu,  you should not receive a massage because massage increased blood flow and can make your condition systemic (i.e. much worse). If you have any other contagious disease or other health concerns, please contact me about whether or not you should receive a massage. Many non-contagious health issues can benefit from massage.

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6. What if I want deep tissue massage?

I don't currently offer deep tissue massage. Amount of pressure during a massage is a matter of personal preference. Deep tissue massage is usually preferred by athletes and others looking for specific, deep work on their muscles. I work on trigger points (knots), which may feel like deep work and might be what you're looking for.

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7. What if I'm sensitive to certain scents?

Just let me know before you arrive if there are any scents you dislike, if you have any allergies to scents or lotions, or if you’d prefer not to have any scents used. I use aromatherapy for its relaxation benefits, but if that wouldn’t work for you, let’s not do it :)

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8. What can I do to relax between massages?

Spending time outside, exercise, yoga, meditation, drinking more water, getting more rest. If you have a stressful job, planning relaxing events on the weekends to look forward to can sustain you for the next week. Yoga and stretching is good for releasing your muscles. Keep water by you and drink more, especially in the afternoon if you have trouble concentrating. (link to article on benefits of water)

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9. What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash or check. Gratuity is appreciated but not required.

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10. What is the cancellation policy?

Please let me know at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to make your appointment.

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