Frequently Asked Questions
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 table specially designed for your comfort. Please be advise this location is also a birth center so occasionally there will be births (you should not be bothered, but restroom access may be limited but you will be notified in advance).
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork 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 to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, the pressure will gradually increase to relax specific areas and relieve muscular tension areas. Often, a light oil or lotion 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. Learn more about the different types of massage we offer here.
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, etc. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Before the massage, please ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the 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 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 the particular technique you are receiving, please 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, lasting for days. Since circulation is improved 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 are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being. Click here to read more about the benefits of massage.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why the practitioner must ask general health questions before you begin your session. It would be best if you informed the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it may be required that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork before any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required. Learn more about coming to your massage appointment while sick in this blog post.