Frequently asked questions:
What you need to know for your appointment:
How far in advance do I need to schedule to be sure of getting an appointment?
Evening appointments, especially in the winter, fill quickly and often must be booked several weeks in advance. Most clients who can come at other times schedule a week in advance. If you are having an emergency, Diana tries to squeeze in time within a day.
What’s the best time/way to get in touch?
Phone messages and email are reviewed twice a day. If you leave a time when you can be reached, Diana will try to call you then. If you need to speak with her directly, early morning between 7:30 and 8:00 is best.
Clients are given Diana's cell phone number and can reach her via text.
Where do I park my car?
The studio has a large circular driveway with plenty of room to park. You can park in front of the garage or off to the side. If you have difficulty turning your head, park your car facing the road so you do not have to look over your shoulder when you leave. Please be respectful of other clients and leave room for another car to enter or exit the driveway at all times.
What do I do if you have a client before me?
If you arrive early for your session and want to sit outside, there is a chair on the porch for your convenience. It is easy to hear a car pulling into the driveway from the massage room. So, I will be fully aware that you have arrived. If you are waiting on the front porch, please be aware that it magnifies voices. For your privacy, please take cell phone conversations away from the porch.
Do I knock before I come in?
Yes. Please. Normally, I will open the door for you as the other client is leaving. Sessions begin and end on time 98% of the time.
And now, the awkward questions…
I'm self-conscious about a certain part of my body and don't want anyone to see them. What can I do? People are self-conscious for various reasons. Some of the more common concerns are:
· I'm overweight.
· I have excessive hair growth on my body.
· I've got acne on my face or back.
· My feet are ugly.
· I have scars.
Being self-conscious should never keep you from seeking health care, whether it's visiting your doctor or seeing a massage therapist.
If you're self-conscious about a certain part of your body, just let Diana know. Many types of massage/neuromuscular manipulations do not require taking your clothes off. What if I get an erection? I’ve heard from clients that they (or their husband/partner) avoid massage because they are worried that they’ll get an erection. Let’s deal with that issue. It happens sometimes. It’s a natural response and it goes away. ‘nuf said.
What you need to know About Pilates and CoreAlign Workouts before you arrive:
What do I wear and bring to a lesson?
Exercise clothing that allows for comfortable freedom of movement is best. Pilates equipment is used with bare feet or socks. The CoreAlign can be used barefoot or with a soft, flexible shoe. Bring water and wear an extra sweatshirt to slip on after or during class if you need it. Mats and props are provided.
How many times a week do I need to do this to get a result?
Most clients average once or twice a week. The key is to set yourself up for success by maintaining a standing time that is convenient and doesn't conflict with other work or family schedules. Progress is based more on motivation and consistency than physical ability. Some clients team up with a friend or family member to create additional support.
What’s the reason to take a private lesson over a group class?
At first, learning to use the equipment requires one on one instruction for safety reasons. Personal attention and lessons specifically tailored to meet your individual fitness objective deliver better results both initially and over time. As you become more familiar with the work, a group class can be a cost effective way to add a second weekly session, make new friends, or create more variety.
What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
In general, Pilates is like doing Yoga with weights. While both methods of movement enhance focus and concentration as well as body awareness, Pilates equipment provides support and resistance challenges that differ from Yoga. Depending on the style of Yoga, the two practices can deliver complementary results.
How is Pilates/CoreAlign with you different from other exercise programs?
The key to long term fitness isn't just what you do, but how you do it.
Most exercise programs focus on specific finite goals or actions. Whether the goal is running 5 miles, receiving a black belt, or just dancing. Pilates and CoreAlign address the whole body.
Pilates and CoreAlign improve everyday motion such as going up and down stairs, and on-demand athleticism such as balance and coordination while skiing. This program progressively engages your awareness of how you move, and then refines and expands your options. Real fitness comes from developing the capacity of the mind to pay attention to physical alignment in motion and correct “on the fly”.
What you need to know Before You arrive for Massage Therapy:
Do I need to bring anything with me?
It is important to take steps to remain warm, relaxed, and well hydrated after your massage. Have water to drink for the drive home. Comfortable shoes and a jacket are the most important items. Some clients who arrive directly after work find it simpler to pack a gym bag with comfortable clothing for after their massage.
Does it matter if I come to you right after I’ve been working out or if I work out afterward?
The optimal plan after a massage is to rest for a few hours. Fresh sweat from a workout is not an issue, but keep in mind that all massage and essential oils do a better job when applied to clean dry skin. If you are receiving a raindrop therapy, avoid a hard workout afterward. Essential oils take up to 12 hours to fully absorb through the skin. Sweating or showering the oils off will sharply lower the effectiveness of the treatment.