What to Expect

 

What to Expect….

What is a Healthy Conversation?

A Healthy Conversation is a 15-30 minute confidential session that allows you to:

  •  Identify your health and life goals, and what you’ve always imagined for your life.

  •  Figure out what you truly want to accomplish long term for yourself.

  •  Understand how you may be getting in your own way of reaching these goals.

  •  Learn how to have my support to permanently reach your goals by participating in my health coaching program.

Now, let me put this as gingerly as possible: a Healthy Conversation is NOT a free session where I’ll solve all your problems. It’s a conversation so I can understand if I’m the person to help you. If I belive that we’re a good fit then I’ll invite you to schedule an Equilibrium Assessment.

What is an Equilibrium Assessment?

In order to design a safe and effective health and program you will complete a health history form and exercise questionaire. These tools both give me an idea of what you like to do, don’t like to do, and get a basic understanding of your health and fitness goals. This then allows me to design a program that will not only be effective, but you will hopefully enjoy. 

What takes place during the Equilibrium Assessment? 

During the consultation, I will be reviewing and discussing the information you have provided on the health history forms in much more detail.  Once that questionnaire is complete I’ll then evaluate your current fitness level. This consists of a set of basic exercises, so be prepared to get a mini workout at this session. It will give me more of an idea of what you might want to do, but not able to achieve just yet, in addition to what you can do and do well.  I will then put together my recommendations for your exercise program, based on your medical history, fitness goals, and fitness assessment, and we’ll go from there.

How long does the Equilibrium Assessment take?  

An Equilibrium Assessment spans from one hour to an hour and a half (90 minutes) as I observe and listen for the possible sources of your health imbalances.  This time is dedicated to you!  I am listening carefully to make sure I understand what you would be looking to achieve if you choose to make an investment in your health and move forward with one of my programs.

How do I prepare for my Equilibrium Assessment?

Upon making your first appointment please proceed to complete the applicable forms to prepare for your first service and come dressed to sweat. No forms are necessary for Healthy Conversations.

Why do I need to fill out the ‘Health History Form’? 

When you schedule an appointment for the Equilibrium Assessment, you are required to fill out a ‘Health History Form‘.  This provides me with the necessary information I need to get a clear picture of your specific health, nutrition and life goals, concerns and issues.

Please complete and the appropriate form and return it to me at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled Equilibrium Assessment, so I may review it before we meet. This also allows me to prepare any questions I may have regarding your medical history, as well as advise if you need a physician’s clearance for any services. In short, it saves time. 

What to Expect at Your Massage Session

Preliminary Information

  • The massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your desired results from massage therapy.

  • He or she will assess your needs and explore your motivation in getting massage, including your health and wellness goals.

  • The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome.

  • The information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Privacy

  • Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.

  • The therapist will leave the room while you undress and remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing.

  • Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet or towel, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.

  • Chair massages, which often are offered in public spaces and workplaces, are an exception to the above descriptions. A specially-designed massage chair lets you lean forward and supports the front of the body. You remain clothed and no oil or lotion is used. Seated massages typically last from 10 to 30 minutes.

Environment

  • Music might be played during your massage session. If you find music distracting, let your massage therapist know your preferences. The same goes for talking during your session.

  • Your massage therapist should check in about pressure and comfort throughout your session. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, let your massage therapist know.

  • The massage table is padded, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck.

The Massage

  • The massage therapist may use oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you’re allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist before your massage begins.

  • If you’re receiving a hot stone massage, make sure you’re comfortable with the temperature of the stones.

  • Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except for private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.

  • Remember to breathe normally.

  • Table massage sessions usually last beween 30 and 90 minutes.

  • After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. Usually your massage therapist will offer you water after you’re dressed.

  • Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.

Follow Up

  • The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so talk with your massage therapist about a recommended treatment plan to meet your health and wellness goals.

Source: American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)