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What kind of yoga class should I attend?

There are so many types of classes out there, it’s hard to know what’s best for you. The best answer is try them all. How else will you know what you enjoy most? Personally I would start with a beginner, gentle, or mixed level class. This will allow you to have a better idea of where you stand in your practice. If you want a hearty work out, try a power class. If you want to purely relax try a restorative class. If you’re somewhere in the middle mixed level is great. You will be offered modifications and variations to decrease or increase the level of difficulty. If you see the word “vinyasa” or “flow” in a class name, generally this means the teacher will be coaching you on linking breath with movement. Part of the beauty of yoga is that its a never ending world of variety.

 

What do I need to bring with me to a yoga class?

The only thing you NEED is an open mind. You may want to bring your own mat for sanitary purposes, and maybe some water and a towel.

 

This is my first professional massage, what should I expect?

Your first massage can be like opening a window that has been closed for years. You may feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off of your shoulders. Many people say things like, “Wow, I can’t believe how much tension I was holding onto.”.

 

Does massage hurt?

It can hurt, depending on how chronic your problem areas are you may feel pain when pressure is applied. If you prefer to have no pain during your massage choose something lighter like Swedish or hot stone massage. I ask people how their pain level is on a scale from 1-10 and as what number they want to be at.

 

Do I have to take off my clothes to have a massage?

No, you can keep on any items that make you feel more comfortable. Some people who have gotten familiar with massage do take off all their clothes, because they trust the therapist. During any professional massage you should never feel that you have been exposed in any way. If you have, be sure to report it so that the proper action can be taken. Keep in mind that some therapists see clothing as a boundary. For example, if you want hip work but keep your underwear on, you may not get what your hoping for. This is a good example of how communication between you and the therapist is a vital part of your massage.

 

Is it true that I shouldn’t talk during a massage?

This is false. It’s very important that communication between you and your therapist takes place. How will your therapist know if something hurts or feels good to you, and needs to be ceased or repeated unless you tell them? Or, if you start to get chilly, ask for another blanket or for the table heater to be adjusted. Talking is the key to getting what YOU want during your massage.

 

Should I be sore after a massage?

You can be, and it’s very common. Its like being sore after a workout, usually the first two days you feel sore, and day three you feel like a new person. Drinking plenty of water and using a topical anti-inflammatory such as Biofreeze can help.

 

Do I need to be early for my appointment?

If this is your first visit, it’s helpful to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out paperwork, talk about your goals, and use the facilities. This will also ensure that you receive your full time on the table (or yoga mat!).

 

Do I have to tip my therapist?

You don’t have to. The rule of thumb is, “Tips are accepted but never expected.” Every therapist appreciates a tip, especially if they met your needs.

 

How often should I have a massage or go to a yoga class?

This is different for everyone and really boils down to personal preference. Of course massage and yoga are like any other wellness routine and will yield the best results when done regularly. Remember that both massage and yoga have cumulative effects, and can help you to eliminate toxic, and synthetic substances that you may have come to rely upon.