Do I have to get naked?
You should only undress to your comfort level. Some people take everything off, some people leave their underwear on. Regardless of how much you disrobe, you will never be exposed during your massage. You will be resting under a sheet for your massage, and I will only undrape (uncover) the part of you that I’m working on–your back, one leg at a time, etc. However, I will be able to work a little more effectively into the “glutes” and hips with underwear removed, but it is entirely at your discretion.
Should I talk during the session, or just be quiet?
That is entirely up to you! If talking is part of your healing process, then by all means chat away! Generally, however, it is easier for the body to relax when the mind and mouth are at rest as well. Don’t feel like you have to “fill the silence”. I am not bored with the silence–giving massage is a very meditative experience.
What kind of pressure is the best? Is it ‘no pain, no gain’?
A massage should never cause you extreme pain. There is a ‘hurts so good’ kind of feeling I like to call ‘Therapeutic Discomfort’, and there is a ‘hurts so bad’ kind. It should never cross your pain threshold. On a scale of 1-10: 1=”did a butterfly just land on me?” and 10=”I might die from this”, effective therapeutic pressure should be at a 6-8. I will check in with you several times for pressure, but it is YOUR responsibility to let me know if it is ever too much for you–or if it’s too little for that matter. For a relaxation massage, the range of 4-6 is appropriate.
What is a modality?
A modality is a certain form or expression of bodywork. For example, Swedish Massage is its own modality.
What should I do before I arrive?
Please turn off all cell phones and other new forms of technology to ensure maximum relaxation without interruption. Breathe. You’re about to treat yourself to a well-deserved break.
I broke my foot. Can you help me with that?
First of all, I hope you have had treatment from a doctor and that the broken bone no longer has a cast or other type of brace on it because I will not work on such an extreme injury without the consent of a doctor. At the same time, the benefits of massage therapy in reducing contractures, relaxing muscles which have become tight and guarding due to the trauma of the broken bone and possible surgery and the displacement by surgical tools, and the laying down of collagen substructures which cause scar tissues around the incision and surrounding tissues is vital to your recovery. There is always enormous swelling and reduced flexibility and stiffness following surgery. The incision site and the underlying adhesions to muscle tissue and fascia because of tension, displacement, and cutting/suturing create scar tissue. It is vital that the incision site and joints be massaged after 7 days of healing. Of course pressure and intensity of massage will be light at first and will increase as time goes on helping to reduce swelling, redness, and pain.
I encounter many clients who are post-surgery and who have never received any instruction by their general physicians or surgeons to seek massage therapy as an integral and necessary part of their post-surgery treatment. The result is that the post-surgery population is suffering needlessly in pain for months and years because of untreated contractures, muscle adhesions, guarding muscles and scar tissues and its resulting consequences of reduced range of motion. Therapeutic massage has been scientifically proven to assist in solving these type of post-surgery issues.
I have achieved tremendous reductions in pain and noticeable and measurable improvements in tissue texture suppleness, and increased range of motion from the application of repeated therapeutic massage treatments for a range of surgery patients. The clients which have benefited from these treatments include shoulder rotator cuff surgeries, breast reconstruction post-mastectomy, knee re-construction, hip replacement, and bi-femoral bypass affecting the groin and abdominal regions.
I would like to emphasize the importance to post-surgery patients in reducing their post-surgery trauma, pain, and assist in improving the mobility and flexibility of tissue and joints through the use of regular therapeutic massage treatments.
Will you give a “happy ending”?
Sexual innuendos, suggestions, or physical actions are inappropriate and will terminate your session immediately. You will still be responsible for full-payment for your massage. I am trained to provide therapeutic chest work, deep abdominal work, and adductor work (groin) in a non-sexual context.
I’m a male. What if I become aroused during a session?
It is common for men to get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. While an erection can be indicative of being physiologically aroused, it does not necessarily indicate the presence of emotional or sexual desire. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection. It is never my intent to create sexual arousal during a session. If it happens and I’m confident your intent isn’t sexually inappropriate, then I’m comfortable in continuing the session if you are. I want to make it clear that my massage sessions are non-sexual. I will end the session if you are looking for something else.
Why do you call it WobbeMassage?
Catchy isn’t it? One of my loyal clients actually thought up the name for me during one of our sessions. He realized that my last name Wobbema ended in “ma” and decided to just add “ssage” to the end of it, which created WobbeMassage.
Will you give me a massage at my house?
In my Boulder practice I frequently receive calls from prospective clients who are unclear about the differences between in-call massage sessions and out-call massage sessions. Some people, never having had a massage, have absolutely no idea what the terms in-call and out-call mean. Many are surprised that there is a difference in price.
In-call Massage is a massage that occurs in the massage therapist’s office, salon, or clinic. The advantages of in-call massage for the client are:
- During the in-call massage session, the massage therapist can precisely control the temperature, lighting, and music used during the session to enhance your relaxation;
- During the in-call massage session, there are no ringing telephones, no noisy televisions, no blaring stereos;
- During the in-call massage session, nobody interrupts your massage…not your children, spouse, or employer;
- All massage and bodywork techniques that the massage therapist uses, including Hot Stone Massage, are available during an in-call session;
- The in-call massage session is less expensive than an out-call massage session.
Out-call massage is a massage that takes place in your home, office, or hotel room. Out-call massage is also known as a house-call massage, on-site massage, or mobile massage. The advantages of out-call massage for the client are:
- During an out-call massage, you are in your own familiar surroundings;
- During an out-call massage, you can be close to people or situations that may need to be monitored while still getting a great massage;
- While visiting a new city, an out-call massage session ensures you won’t get lost looking for the massage therapist’s office location;
- During an out-call massage, you can receive almost all of the same types of massage and bodywork that are available during an in-call massage session;
- After your out-call massage, you don’t have to leave. There is no need to travel, you can just stay put and let the relaxation sink in.
Generally, there is a difference in pricing between in-call massage and out-call massage. In-call massage sessions allow the massage therapist to use their time more efficiently so it’s less expensive for the client. Out-call massage sessions require the massage therapist to travel and time to setup and take down for the session. The additional travel and setup time is often enough to have seen an additional in-call massage client…so out-call massage may be up to twice the price of an in-call massage.
Will you come to my sporting event?
Absolutely. Especially if it is a local event. For the out-call price, I would be happy to be there for your pre-event, mid-event and post-event for a sports massage that will help to prevent injury and increase recovery time. Sports massage would be a great addition to your training schedule as well.
Will you give me a free trial massage?
I would be happy to work with you on pricing for your first massage if you are skeptical of paying full-price and not receiving what you expected. I also invite you to take a look at my testimonials page to help you in your decision on paying for a massage. If you are not convinced by the experience of others, then we can schedule you for a trial clothed 10-minute session so that you may feel my touch and see if it is what you are looking for in a massage therapist. Some forms of bartering are also a possibility, please inquire.
Things my massage therapist wants me to know:
- There is nothing ‘gross’ about anyone’s body. The human body is a beautifully crafted machine. I am only thinking of ways to relax your muscles and create a quiet space for you to get the most from your massage.
- It is most helpful to me for you NOT to help! If I am lifting an arm, leg, or your head, don’t try to help by moving your limbs. This creates tension in your body and negates the benefits of the massage. Sometimes this is easier said than done. It can be difficult for people to ‘let go’ and let someone else move them around.
- I want you to get the most out of your massage. So, if anything is uncomfortable, needs adjusting, if the music is not right, if the pressure is too much or too little, let me know! Your massage is your time to relax, reflect, heal, and unwind. Let me know how to create the environment you need to do that.
- Emotional release is common when receiving a massage. It is entirely normal to release stored emotional stress or trauma during a massage. This can be any range of expression such as crying, sighing, sniffling, muscle spasms, or putting words to what you’re feeling. This is a safe space for any emotional expression, and I have been trained to help you through your healing process.
- Massage therapy is complimentary with any other form of bodywork. This includes physical therapy, acupuncture and especially chiropractic care, among others. Do talk with your other health care providers for their recommendations for the best form of bodywork for you.