I've never had a massage.  What happens during my massage appointment?

At your first massage appointment, you will fill out a health form and then discuss any goals for the massage session (to relax, relieve tension in your neck, increase range of motion from an injury, etc).  The massage therapist will then leave the room, giving you time to undress to your comfort level and get on the table and under the sheets.  

What should I wear during my massage session?

You will be given privacy to undress to your comfort level.  For a lot of people, this means undressing down to their underwear.  Some people choose to go without any clothing at all.  No matter what you decide to wear during the session, you will be properly covered and draped with the sheet at all times.    

What type of massage should I schedule?

When making an appointment at Bella Vita, you will want to consider your goals for the massage session.  If you are simply wanting to relax and ....then .  A 30 minute session is great for focusing in on one problem area.  For example, if you are having tension headaches from a kink in your neck, or your hamstrings are tight from running and preventing you from getting a good workout in...blog?

What is the difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue?


Why do I need to drink water after my massage?

Massage manipulates the muscular system, which also effects many other systems such as the lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, circulatory and skeletal systems.  This temporarily speeds up your bodies detoxification process, much like exercise.  When the body detoxes, it is important to get plenty of water to ensure that you do not get dehydrated.

Why do I have to sign this form every time I come in?

At your very first visit, you will be asked to fill out a brief health intake form.  This helps the massage therapist to ...and to identify any possible contraindications of massage you may have.  Once the form has been filled out, you do not need to fill it out again - just simply write down any health changes from the last time you visited.  This is necessary for the massage therapist to stay up to date on your current health situation and make sure that massage is in your best interest at all times.  

What could have caused the tension in my neck/shoulders/back, etc?

It is difficult to know exactly what your pain or tension is from without following you around 24/7.  While your massage therapist would be happy to discuss possible causes and solutions for your problem, another great way to help identify the cause is to practice regular self-awareness.  A good way to make this a habit is to set aside a few days and set an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour.  When the alarm goes off, make a quick note of how you are feeling.  Are you shoulders high and forward from hunching over a computer?  Do you have a headache?  Are you leg muscles tired?  Then think through your actions during the last hour and look for any possible causes for your discomfort.  ....

You're so little, will you be able to use enough pressure to work out my knots? 

First of all, thank you for saying that I'm little.  Pressure during a massage session is actually from the therapists ability to use their body weight....

What kind of oil/lotion do you use?

For most massage sessions, unscented Jojoba lotion is used.  For Hot Stone sessions, oil is used.

I have called several times today - why hasn't your receptionist picked up?

Bella Vita is a small business and does not have a receptionist.  If I am in a session and unable to answer your call, please leave a detailed message with your name and number and, if applicable, the time and date you would like to schedule an appointment.  I try hard to return any voice or e-mail messages by the end of the business day, but can usually get back to you within an hour. I appreciate your patience and look forward to speaking with you!

How often should I get a massage?


Will massage fix my issue?




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Should I get an adjustment before or after my massage?


Can I work out after I get a massage?

Yes.  However, I do not recommend working out immediately after a massage, and highly suggest scheduling for a time when you can rest your body for 12-24 hours following your massage.  There is no danger in working out after a massage (provided you continue drinking enough water), but giving your body extra time to rest and allow the ....... is ideal. 

Do I need to make an appointment?

What is your cancellation policy?

Do you do couples massage?