Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a massage table especially designed for your comfort.
What type of bodywork do you offer?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork. I have received training in Swedish and rehabilitative massage therapies, shiatsu therapy (Anma and Namikoshi styles), craniosacral therapy, and the techniques of cupping and moxibustion.
The various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing, kneading, pressing, rocking stretching and postural re-education. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
What will the massage feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lotion also helps hydrate your skin.
Rehabilitative massage is used to address injury or muscle aches and pains due to muscle overuse. This is usually deep tissue application that may cause minor discomfort. The goal is never for the client to experience pain, but to reach their threshold of discomfort in order to bring blood flow to the injury site to speed recovery.
You should communicate immediately if you feel any pain so that the therapist can adjust pressure or use another approach. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
What will a shiatsu feel like?
Shiatsu is an Asian form of bodywork based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The goal of shiatsu is to address imbalances within the body that manifest themselves through different aches, pains, or client complaints. Through stretching, soothing, kneading and pressing techniques the therapist aims to even out the energy flow throughout the body to help equalize imbalance. Shiatsu is generally done with the client fully clothed, but some techniques can be done on bare skin if massage is also desired.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress only to your level of comfort for massage or mixed modality massage and shiatsu sessions. You will be properly draped during the entire session when clothing has been removed.
It should be noted specific shiatsu only sessions do generally work best when the client remains fully clothed in loose-fitting attire.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the bodywork space while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with the clean sheet provided.
Will I be covered during the massage session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What parts of my body will be worked on?
A typical full-body massage session will include work on your back, arms, buttocks, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
What should I do during the bodywork session?
Prior to the session, feel free to ask any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the session, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). 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. 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?
Depending on the type of bodywork session, you may feel very relaxed or even invigorated. 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 following your massage.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
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, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner 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 condition, approval from your doctor may be required.