What to Expect

During Your First Massage Session with Joan Rau

If you are new to massage, here are a few questions you may have, and some quick answers:

Q: Do I need to fill out a form?
A: Yes. On your first visit you will be asked to complete a health intake form. If you wish, you may download it here, print it out and fill it out in advance. I will review the form with you during our initial consultation. It is best to come approximately 15 minutes before your appointment time to maximize the time you have on the table.

Q: What is your massage room like?
A: My massage room is comfortable with a calm soothing ambiance. You will hear relaxing music playing softly in the background and often candles are lit to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Q: Do I have to get undressed?
A: That depends on the type of work you need. For most sessions I suggest that you undress to your level of comfort. You will be draped at all times and I only undrape the area that I am working on in the moment.

Q: Can I talk during the session?
A: It is your session so choose whatever works best for you. It is okay to be quiet and float away in your head or to ask questions as they come to you. Again, it is your session so I will adapt to your preference.

Q: What about afterward?
A: My recommendation is to keep yourself well hydrated. I will start you off with a refreshing cup of water. Try to keep a low-stress schedule for the remainder of the day in order to stay “in the moment” for as long as possible. That said, many clients report feeling quite energized, renewed, refreshed and ready to take on the day. Listen to your body and let it guide you.

Q: Will my insurance pay for my sessions?
A: I do not bill insurance but will be happy to provide you with a receipt for you to file with your insurance company. If you need a receipt for tax deductions or medical spending accounts, I can provide that as well.

Q: What about tipping?
A: While tipping is customary in other massage settings at salons and spas, it is not expected here. Your referral of my work to others is the best tip I could receive.

Q: How often should I make appointments?
A: Great question and one that comes up often. It is best answered by determining what your goal is in regard to¬† your wellness plans. For general preventive care I recommend you schedule a massage session every 4-6 weeks. Many people come in initially due to an injury or particular problem and then continue on with massage for maintenance. It may take one or more visits to resolve specific problems completely. To help keep these issues from recurring, you may opt for massage on a regular basis. Your body is the best indicator of where you are as far as stress and pain management, and more time spent “on the table” results in better connection to your body and its needs.

Before your first session,
please fill out client forms
and bring them to your first
session with me.

Over the last 30 years I have been treated by MDs, osteopaths, and physical therapists. Joan's therapy has proven to have been by far the best value of any.
- L.H. , Decatur