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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
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?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

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, I do have many choices of music from jazz to blues to the typical new age spa music.  Not everyone relaxes the same way and I try to make the environment that you will immediately feel at ease.

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 or towel.

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 will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.  If you need to have the bulk of the work on your lower back, we will discuss a plan before I start and make sure that you get the treatment that will help you get the results you want.  I don't give just one scripted massage. 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
It depends on what treatment goals you would like to meet.  If you had an injury and are healing, sometimes what we are working on isn't as fun and relaxing as a Swedish massage.  If you came in to completely forget about life for a while and decompress, I hope to help you reach that state through long flowing strokes.  You may come in as an athlete that wants a lot of stretching.  My goal is to help you get exactly the massage you envision, not what I think will be good for you.  That being said, I will educate you on what I think will help you reach your goals the best way and then let you dictate the process.

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, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. Anything you want to discuss, anything you need, if something is uncomfortable, if you need to get up and pee!!!, please get vocal.  The worst thing for me is to find out after the massage is over that you didn't get what you wanted because you were afraid to speak up.  

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. I try to make sure when you leave you feel centered and have a feeling of openness that can carry throughout your daily activities.

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. Please, please don't think that because this is a massage I don't need to know about the car accident 10 years ago that very rarely bothers you.  The better I know you, the better I will know how to treat you as a whole.  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.

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