When we first meet, I like to get to know the person I am about to work with so I can be more effective in my role. My inquiries include everything from structural overview to medical history, diet, exercise, recreation, work, family, etc. In essence: who the person is and what they hope to achieve via our time together. If I ask something you do not wish to share, please say so. I will not take offense or make any judgment regarding your desire for privacy.
I will leave the room to allow you to disrobe to your comfort level and get under the sheets. (For most interactions; nude works best, although I have protocols that allow me to work effectively with a client no matter how many clothes a client may choose to wear.) The work is not about me, it is about the you. Your safety, comfort, relaxation and restoration are my focus. While you disrobe, I will prepare for our session with a brief meditation and by washing up.
My sessions vary from client to client and session to session based on what the individual shares with me and what their body tells me. If, at any point, the need arises to use the restroom; let me know. It is not an inconvenience and it is often a positive physiological response to what we are doing in the session. Massage is far more enjoyable and effective when such bodily needs aren't priority.
As we progress through the massage, I may work on areas that are sensitive. I can usually tell if we are reaching the "edge of an envelope" and adjust accordingly. If it feels as if I might have missed a cue, please let me know as my intent is to aid you in achieving homeostasis, not to see how much you can take.