Loving Lotus Healing Arts
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
25D South Main Street
East Granby, CT 06026

Do you tip?  
What about clothing?  
Do you say anything if the pressure is not deep enough?
What if you’re self-conscious about your body? 

It's hard to relax if you are not completely comfortable.  Please feel free to ask questions or share your concerns at any time.
1. Am I supposed to tip? 
At Loving Lotus Healing Arts, LLC.tipping is always appreciated but never expected.  Feel free to show your appreciation by spreading the word about the benefits of massage and taking some cards to share with friends, family and co-workers.  Your referrals are always appreciated and honestly the best compliment that you could pay me!  For every new client that you refer to Loving Lotus Healing Arts, LLC.; you will receive your next 1 hour session at 50% off!! Youreferral receives $10 off their 1st session. 

2.  Am I supposed to remove my underwear?
It’s up to you. Some people prefer to keep their undergarments on during a massage, while others prefer to remove them. If your problem areas are your lower back, hips, or buttocks, underwear can sometimes get in the way of specific massage work. If you do remove your underwear, you will always be properly covered by a sheet and blanket. Only the area being massaged will ever be uncovered.   Please remember that you can always opt to remain fully clothed during a massage.  I will use techniques that do not require oils or lotions on covered areas and you can bring gym shorts and a t-shirt/tank top to wear.  
3.Will the massage therapist be in the room while I undress? 
      No, the massage therapist will leave the room for your privacy. After you remove your clothing you will lay down on the massage table (usually face up) under the sheet and blanket provided. Your therapist will always knock and wait for your response before ever entering the room.  If a client has mobility limitations and will need assistance getting onto the table, we are always happy and ready to help.  We will discuss what your needs are prior to beginning your session and while we discuss your "Client Health History Questionnaire".
4.  Should I talk to my therapist during my massage? 
Again, it's completely up to you!  It's not rude to simply close your eyes and relax, which is what most people do.  Sometimes quietly meditating on your breathing enables your body to let go.  Other times communicating your concerns may help you unwind.  Rehabilitative work and deep tissue massage are a couple of the types of massage that may require more feedback and communication.  I will say that I personally prefer to work in a meditative silence while in session due to the energetic nature of my work.  Plus, you get a better massage!!                            

Be sure to speak up if:
•your body temperature is too hot or too cold
you experience pain
•you have any questions related to the massage
•there’s anything you forgot to mention during the initial intake interview 
This time is YOURS!
5.  How do I know that this a legitimate massage practice? 
Anytime you are trying a new massage therapist it is a good idea to call first and ask these questions:
•Do you offer therapeutic massage?
•Is your business licensed to perform massage?
•Is the massage therapist carry liability insurance?
•Do you require a health questionnaire of your clients?

6.  The pressure isn't deep enough, but I don’t want to insult the massage therapist’s technique. What should I do? 
Please always feel safe to communicate openly with me. Keep in mind however that it’s a myth that massage therapy has to hurt to be effective. Some of the most effective types of massage therapy are gentle and do not involve deep pressure or pain. In fact, too much pressure can cause muscles to spasm or seize up. 
Here is a good rule of thumb... on a scale of one to 10 where one is no pain and 10 is extremely painful, the pressure should always be at or less than 7.  Listen to your body!

7.  I'm self-conscious about a certain part of my body and don’t want the massage therapist to see me. What can I do? 
People are self-conscious for various reasons.  Being self-conscious should never keep you from seeking health care, whether it’s visiting your doctor or seeing a massage therapist.  I am a professional and have worked with bodies of all shapes and sizes.  You will be always be wholeheartedly accepted as the beautiful person that you are and every effort will be made to accommodate your needs. If you’re self-conscious about a certain part of your body, you can ask me to avoid that area.  Or, you can opt for a therapy session that is done through clothing.  No massage oil or lotion is used and you remain fully clothed during the session.  Just remember to provide complete and accurate information on your health history form, so that I am aware of any precautions or contraindications.

Additional questions you'd like addressed?  

Please feel free to email or ask - you can rest assured that you will be answered openly and with sensitivity.

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 ***Inappropriate advances are absolutely never tolerated and your session will be immediately ended.  This is not only unprofessional and unethical, it is also illegal and police will be notified of any sexual remarks or advances. 

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