Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or spa session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet, fully equipped private massage room. Quiet music will be played to help you relax. Music volume can be raised, lowered, or turned off upon request. You will lie on a massage table especially designed for your comfort while covered with warm linens for modesty and comfort.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed while laying underneath linens; 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. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. Once finished with that section, that area will be covered and remain covered throughout the duration of the session.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress. You will lay down on the massage table beneath the clean linens and blanket. After you get yourself comfortable and situated, your massage therapist will knock on the door to make sure you are ready and appropriately covered up before entering the room.
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. The breast/chest area, genital area, and buttocks will NEVER be exposed or touched.
***The only exception to this is glute work. Glute work is massage techniques performed over the linens (never on exposed flesh) on the sides of the buttock muscles near the hip joint, illiac crest (upper hip bone area at intersection of lower back), and near the sacrum (tail bone). Glute work is performed with elbow, forearm, and closed fist compression+, never open handed.
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. Every session is completely customizable. No area will be worked on without you permission. Under no circumstances will the male or female breasts, genitalia, or other private areas be exposed or touched by either the client or massage therapist.
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 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. Often, a light gel or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The emollient also helps to 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.
What are the different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, firmness of pressure, and speed. If you're not sure what you want or need we can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
1.) Effleurage is a slow gentle gliding massage stroke primarily used with Swedish massage, It usually goes the entire length of a limb or back.
2.) Petrissage is a more firm, kneading massage stroke. This is the most commonly thought of massage stroke that can be utilized during any type of massage.
3.) Tapotement covers a variety of massage strokes such as tapping, chopping, rapping, and cupping. These are used during sports massage to help stimulate the muscles and blood flow. This type of massage will leave you more invigorated versus ready for a nap.
4.) Trigger Point Therapy is the application of pressure to specific points that cause radiation of sensation, or referred pain, to other areas of the body.
5.) Deep Tissue Techniques can help improve posture and encourage muscle movement re-education and more by unlocking more serious or chronic muscle tension.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to, and during, the massage, feel free to 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 just 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 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 ("massage drunk"), people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.
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. 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.
What are some of the benefits of massage?
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:
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can: