Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Massage or bodywork sessions are held in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. 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.
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.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session includes work on the back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders. You may ask to omit any area you prefer not to have massaged.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is a good baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, the session starts with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As the body relaxes, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific points and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow muscles to be massaged without causing excessive skin friction. Oil also helps hydrate the skin. A client should communicate immediately if any discomfort is felt, so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when the body is not resisting.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
Yes, there are numerous types of massage and bodywork as well as various techniques utilizing different strokes, including basic rubbing, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education and application of pressure to specific points. A therapist will discuss which methods are most appropriate to best meet your needs.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner 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 or 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?
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, clients often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for days.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork 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. Want to learn more about the benefits of massage? Here’s an article you’ll enjoy.
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.