Frequently Asked Questions
Your bodywork or massage session will take place wherever best suits you. A warm, comfortable, quiet room that is familiar to you is recommended. If you like some soft music can be played to help you relax and you will lie on a specially designed table for your comfort.
Your session will be conducted by a licensed professional massage therapist who has received professional training in a variety of modalities or techniques.
Most bodywork or massages are traditionally performed with the client unclothed, though you can decide what amount of clothing you would like to wear for your own level of comfort. You will be properly draped and kept warm at all times during the session.
No. The practitioner will leave your room while you disrobe, get onto the table, and drape yourself with a towel or clean sheet.
You will be properly covered at all times during your session to keep you warm and comfortable. The only area that will be exposed will be the area currently being worked on.
You and your practitioner will discuss your goals during session and determine which parts of your body need massage. A traditional full body massage will include work on your shoulders, back, arms, legs, hands, feet, head and neck. You will never be touched on or near your genitals (female or male) or breasts (female).
A lotion or light oil will be used to allow your muscles to be worked on without excessive friction to the skin. The lotion or oil used will hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed and be noncomedogenic, meaning it will not clog your pores or aggravate ache issues.
It depends on the modality used. In a traditional swedish massage, your session will generally start with wide, sweeping strokes that will help to sooth your nervous system (reduce ticklishness) and relax outer muscle tension. As you unwind, pressure will slowly be increased to work on and relieve specific areas of tension. If at any time you feel any discomfort you should let your practitioner know immediately so that another approach may be tried. Bodywork and massage can only be effective when your body is not resisting.
There are many various types of bodywork and massage. Different techniques utilize various strokes, including rocking movement, basic rubbing strokes, movement and posture reeducation, the application of pressure to several specific points, and more. Ask you practitioner if you would like to know more about the methods she uses.
The routine full-body massage or bodywork session lasts right around one hour. A 30-minute appointment only grants time for a partial session, for instance the back, legs and feet or the neck and shoulders. Many people prefer a hour to hour and a half session for optimal relaxation. Always allow a little relaxation time before and after the session. Saunas, hot tubs, steam baths if you have availability to them can greatly assist in the relaxation process.
Make yourself as comfortable as you can. Your practitioner will tell you what is needed or gently move you throughout the session (suck as repositioning your arm). Many people dimly close their eyes and relax while others like to talk about their day. It’s also not uncommon for people to simply give in and fall asleep! Feel free to ask your practitioner questions about bodywork and massage in general or about the technique you are currently receiving.
Most people feel extremely relaxed. Some people experience freedom from chronic aches and pains from repetitive activity or general tension. After an initial period of feeling a little slowed down, most people often experience an increase in energy, greater productivity and even heightened awareness which can last for days. Since various toxins are released from your tissues during a massage, it is always recommended that you drink plenty of water afterward.
Bodywork and massage can help release chronic muscular pain and tension, increase joint flexibility, improve circulation, reduce physical and mental stress and fatigue, promote quicker healing of damaged muscular tissue, reduce blood pressure and improve posture. Bodywork and massage are also known to promote more restful sleep, reduce anxiety, improve you concentration, and help generate an overall feeling of well-being.
Yes. That’s why it’s important that before you begin your bodywork or massage that the practitioner asks general health questions or has you fill out a intake form. It is imperative that you inform your practitioner of any medications you are taking or existing health problems. If you are under the care of a doctor, it is strongly recommended that you receive a written recommendation for bodywork or massage prior to any session.