Q & A

Where Will My Bodywork Session Take Place? image

Your 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 especially designed for your comfort.

Must I Be Completely Undressed?
Most Swedish massage 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.  You will remain clothed for a Chair Massage, Shiatsu or Reflexology session.

Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?
I 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?

During a Swedish massage you will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.  Though you will be clothed, you may also be covered in a Shiatsu or Reflexology session.

What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
You and I will discuss the desired outcome of your Swedish massage session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body Swedish massage session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What Will the Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?
It depends on the tipe of the massage and techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, for example, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. You may experience different sensations as the soft tissue responds to the pressure of the strokes applied. A light lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lotion 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.

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. Click on this link massagetherapy.com to learn about other methods offered by other practitioners.

How Long Will the Session Last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A 30-minute appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.

What Should I Do During the Bodywork Session?

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 and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

How Will I Feel After the Bodywork Session?

Most people feel very relaxed and calm. 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.

What Are the Benefits of Bodywork?

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. Bodywork is also known to promote relaxation, better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Bodywork Inadvisable?

Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before we begin your session, I will ask general health questions. 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 bodywork prior to any session. I may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.