Calming Palms Massage
By Appointment only
15 Hospital Center Commons Suite 100C
Hilton Head Island SC, 29926
It is important to communicate with your massage therapist. This will include, but is not limited to temperature of the room, pressure, if your position is uncomfortable, or length of time spent on areas of the body.
What are the hours of operation?
I am by appointment only, so advanced booking is a must. My schedule is different every day based on bookings. Generally I will start the first session at 9:00 am. The latest I will start a session is 7:00 pm. I am closed on Sundays. Special accommodations may be made outside of these hours.
What is the cancellation policy?
I do have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Especially because I am by appointment, I ask that clients be respectful of my time.
Do you offer couples massage?
Not, I do not have any employees, or the space for two tables in my office. Most couples, family or friends that want to come together will schedule sessions back to back.
What can I expect during my first visit?
I do require a health intake form. This allows me to customize the session based on areas to be worked our avoided. I ask all new clients to come 15 minutes before their appointed time.
What does "hands on the table" mean?
Depending on where you go, some therapists consider the session time to start when you enter the room. The time taken to discuss the massage, and undress actually come out of your massage time. Other therapists, including myself, do not consider the time to start until "hands are on the table."
The exception being if you are late for your appointment.
What if I have skin sensitivities or allergies?
I have psoriasis and eczema. I use Biotone dual-purpose massage cream, which does not effect either condition. I do have organic options, as well as oils if this is a concern for you.
How much should I undress, and will I be covered?
If you have booked a full body massage you may want to fully undress. Some clients chose to leave on underwear. This is completely your decision. If you are uncomfortable fully undressing, please leave on what you are comfortable with. Keep in mind you will be covered the entire massage. Only the area being worked will be uncovered. If abdominal work is requested, females will be given a towel to cover the breasts.
How frequently can I get a massage?
This is a loaded question! If you are looking to incorporate massage as an overall wellness plan, you may chose to get a massage weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or just as needed. If you have specific goals like post-surgery, physical therapy, swelling, or chronic issues, you may choose shorter sessions every few days, or weekly until results are achieved. Once a specific goal is reached, you may want to back off to less frequent visits.
I personally do not have ongoing aches or pains. I usually get a monthly massage for maintenance.
Does massage hurt?
Massage does not have to hurt to be beneficial. Pressure can be adjusted to a level that is comfortable for the individual. Also, different areas of the body may be more sensitive than others. Please speak up if you need the pressure to be adjusted. There is also a difference in "hurts so good" and painful. If a massage technique makes you tense against it, or twitch, the pressure needs to be less.
If you get a deep tissue massage you may feel sore later or even the next day. Drinking extra water, a hot shower, or Epsom salt bath may help.
May I talk during my session?
If you would like to talk please do! My general rule is I will speak when spoken to. Both silence or talking are perfectly acceptable. Depending on how you relax will dictate what works for you.
How will I feel after my massage?
It is common to feel very relaxed, maybe even light-headed after a massage. Drinking extra water before and after will be very beneficial. You may also feel energized with better awareness.
At what ages can you get a massage?
Any age! My oldest client was 84. My youngest client was 6 moths old. Keep in mind young children will not sit still for a 60 minute session.
Anyone under that age of 17 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Are there times I should not get a massage?
Yes, if you are sick (cold, flu, fever), or have a contagious skin condition. Also, during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Other conditions may need your physicians approval before you receive a massage. Many techniques can be adjusted to accommodate other conditions. If you are unsure, please ask at the time of booking.