Do you have a question about massage or bodywork?
We have answers to the most commonly asked questions listed, below.
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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 lay on a massage table especially designed for your comfort.
Who Will Perform the Massage or Bodywork?
Your session will be conducted by a professional who has received proper training, often in a variety of techniques. Massage and bodywork practitioners are regulated by the state and our license numbers are visible on the About Us pages. Although no two massages are exactly alike, you may request a certain technique or modality.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will always be properly draped during the session.
Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the massage table, and cover yourself with a clean set of linens 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 massaged will be exposed. We also use warm towels on your feet and back.
What Parts Of My Body Will Be Massaged?
You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. 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, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
Will Massage Oil or Cream Be Used?
A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oils and creams used should hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed.
What Will the Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?
It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad flowing strokes that will help to calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate with your practitioner 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 and in a relaxed state.
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 reduction, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask the practitioner about the methods she uses.
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, for instance, the neck and shoulders, back, or legs and feet. Many people prerer a sixty-to-ninety minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. Hot tubs, steam baths, and saunas can assist in the relaxation process., along with drinking plenty of water.
What Should I Do During the Massage or Bodywork Session?
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. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.
Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Or Bodywork Inadvisable?
Yes. That is why it is imperative that before you begin your session the practitioner ask 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. Many practitioners may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.