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 will 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; this helps to get to the deeper layers of tissue with less force and friction. You will always be properly draped during the entire session.
Will the massage hurt?
While there may be some discomfort with deeper work, it should not feel "rough" or painful causing a person to tense up and hold their breath. When this happens the therapist is trying to work through muscles that are fighting back in a protective response. Always let me know if you are experiencing pain!
What kind of massage techniques do you use?
Each individual is different, therefore I use various techniques in a session based on what the body may need. These techniques include stretching, myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point, Swedish, reflexology, cupping and aromatherapy.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, 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, take a deep breathe 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?
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. It is not uncommon to feel some initial soreness after a massage. If this occurs make sure to ice the areas that are sore and drink plenty of water.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
Enhanced sleep quality.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
Ease medication dependence.
Lessen depression and anxiety.
Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
Reduce spasms and cramping.
Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
Relieve headaches and migraine pain.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why before you begin your session, I will ask you to fill out a general health form. It is very important that you inform me 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.