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Chris Wood, R.M.T.

Helping your body to heal itself.

The Treatment Session

At the beginning of each Treatment Session, after the initial assessments, you and I will discuss what your current needs are and agree upon a treatment plan.

In addition to facilitating your healing, your personal comfort and safety are my primary concern. The following procedures have been established to ensure you are safe at all times.

Consent to Treatment

I will only treat you if you provide a voluntary informed consent. This consent includes knowing what techniques and procedures will be applied and why. In addition I will inform you of the potential risks, benefits, and possible side effects that may occur. It is important that you also know the alternatives that are available to you.

At the same time it will be made clear that you are in charge of the massage at all times. You can stop or change the massage at any time.

Removal of Clothing

You are the person who decides how much, if any, clothing you wish to remove for the massage. When your outer layers of your clothing are removed however, massage oils and gels can be applied to the skin making the massage more effective. With the exception of the area being treated, you will be covered by a sheet at all times.

While personal levels of modesty differ, I respect everyone's beliefs and feelings. To accomplish this I will leave the treatment room before someone begins to disrobe to their comfort level. While I am out of the treatment room the client is asked to get onto the massage table underneath the top sheet. I will knock and get your permission before reentering the treatment room.

At the end of the treatment I will leave the room and not reenter until you have dressed and opened the door.

I am available however, should you need assistance getting on or off the table. Rest assured that your comfort and privacy is respected at all times.

Massage Techniques

During the massage treatment the client's comfort level is one of the therapist's primary concerns. During a relaxation massage this is quite easy to accomplish. If the client requires advanced therapeutic techniques however, such as trigger point release or fascia release, some discomfort or pain can be expected.

Everyone experiences touch and pain in different ways. It is important then that the therapist and the client establish effective communication so that the therapist does not inflict undue discomfort, pain, or even injury to the client.

At the beginning of each session we, the therapist and the client, will establish a pain scale between zero (no pain) and ten (the worst pain you have experienced). At no point do I want to go over a seven. At the same time, you may have a lower pain level that you do not wish to be exceeded. This is your choice as you are in control of the treatment session.

In addition to asking you the client to tell me how your comfort level is, I will periodically check with you during the treatment session to ensure that you are fine.

I do not hold with the theory of "no pain no gain". If one technique is uncomfortable for a client, another technique may be applied to accomplish the same results or to further prepare the body for that specific technique to be applied with no or little discomfort or pain.

Allergic Reactions

to Massage Oils and Gels

While it is rare, some people do have allergic reactions to the massage oils. This is why you are asked in your Health History Form if you have any known allergies. This is also why I have a selection of Massage Oils and Gels that you can choose from and why I provide a list of all known ingredients for each product I use.

Biotone Advanced Therapy Massage Gel

Grapeseed Apricot, and Sesame Canola Oil, Octyl Palmitate (coconut oil ester), Tribehenin (vegetable derived), Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia antisyphilitca), Copernicia Cerifera Wax, White Bees Wax, Apricot Oil (Prunus armenica), Sesame Oil (Sesamum indicum), Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera) , Laureth-3, Dimethecone, Vitamin E, Hypoallergenic Neutralizing Fragrance

Natural Elements: Professional Omega Massage Gel

Omega 3, 6, 9 and enriched Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (rice) Bran Oil, Glycine soha (soybean) Oil, Soybean Polyglycerides, Soy Wax, Beeswax, Sorbitan Sterrate

Natural Elements:Deep Cool Lotion

Spring Water, Rice Bran Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Aloe Vera Oil, Calendula Infused, Dimethicone Polysorbate 80 NF, Tritharolamine NF, Carbomer, Wintergreen Oil (Methyl Salicylate), Emu Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil.

Olive Oil and Lavender Essential Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Cold Pressed), 100% pure Lavender Oil

Grapeseed and Lavender Essential Oil

100% Pure Grapeseed Oil, 100% pure Lavender Oil

Your Comfort and Safety

If you have concerns about any aspect of the treatment, whether it is the pressure being applied, your personal feelings, techniques being used, or the drapping (the sheet covering you), please voice them immediately so changes can be made.

For your safety there are times that I will refuse to treat either you or specific parts of your body. Some common reasons are impairment and or intoxication, sunburn, high uncontrolled blood pressure, bruising, and or open cuts. Specific symptoms to health conditions may also warrant reduced or no treatment. For example, I would not treat joints that have rheumatoid arthritis during a flare-up.

For some people, a massage can be a very draining experience that leaves them light headed and or dehydrated. I recommend that each client drink water before and after a massage to avoid dehydration. I also warn people that massage can cause urination, so testing how much water to drink before a massage is recommended during the first few treatments.

Home Care

To maximize the benefit of each treatment, regular home care is also required. This may take the form of having a hot Epson's salt bath or applying ice to sore muscles in the days following a treatment. Home care may also include doing daily stretches or strength building exercises to correct muscle imbalances that exist in your body.

At the end of the treatment session I will provide home care for you. While it is your choice whether you take my advice, it is recommended that you do.