You would think this is a Yes-or-No question. Buckle up, its more complicated than you think. "Deep Tissue" can mean different things to different people, and is often misunderstood. Some people think its just "strong pressure". Some think its "sports massage". In reality, deep tissue simply means that the massage targets deep muscle groups. It may include pressure levels of all types, but it uses specific massage techniques to progressively target deeper and deeper layers of tissue. Sports massage may include deep tissue techniques, but its something different. I don't do "sports massage" but I will use deep tissue techniques if the muscle that needs attention is beneath several layers. So. Yes.
The session begins with a 5-10 minute interview where I will assess your massage goals and needs. You will have to fill out a PHI (personal health information) form to inform me of any chronic illnesses, injuries or medications you are on. During the interview we will also plan out your massage (areas to focus on, or avoid, pressure level, etc) You will be given several minutes alone to undress and lay down under the sheets and blankets on the massage table. Your massage will begin and you are encouraged to give feedback at any point to allow for adjustments. Once the massage is complete, you will be given several minutes alone to re-dress, after which we will have a 5-10 minute closing interview.
Its completely up to you. Clients can undress to their level of comfort. This can mean being completely naked, or leaving on certain items of clothing like underwear, sports bras, socks or other garments. No matter what you are wearing (even if its just your birthday suit!) your modesty will be maintained throughout the entire session by keeping your chest, pelvis and glutes completely covered by the sheets and blankets. Its the law in Georgia!
Tipping is entirely up to you (that's what they always say, anyway). Being a small business owner, I have set my prices so that I am self-sustaining without tips.
However, if you visit a massage therapist that works out of a larger business, please consider tipping them since they are not keeping all (or sometimes even most) of the cost of the massage.