What should I expect?
Where Will My Massage or Bodywork Session Take Place?
Your session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room with soft music playing to help you relax.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.
Will I Be Covered During the Session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. You will not be uncovered near your genitals or breasts. Your modesty will be protected.
What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
Your bodyworker will discuss the desired outcome of your session with you. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals or breasts.
What Will the Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?
It depends on the techniques used. An integrated approach is taken combining several different styles of massage to meet your individual needs. Often, a light oil is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
Are There Different Kinds of Massage and Bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask me about the methods used, if you have questions or concerns.
How Long Will the Session Last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation and 120 minutes ensures a complete full body session. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
What Should I Do During the Massage or Bodywork Session?
This is your massage and your time. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. You will either be gently moved or asked to move (such as lifting your arm) as needed throughout the session. Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. Some people enjoy talking as a way to help de-stress. Your lead will be followed, as to whether you want to enjoy silence or talk. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How Will I Feel After the Massage or Bodywork Session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water afterwards.
Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage or Bodywork Inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that before you begin your session, a discussion of gereral health occurs. It is very important that you inform your bodyworker of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the circumstances, a recommendation or approval from your doctor may be required.