Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage session will take place in my warm, comfortable, quiet home studio. When you arrive be sure to breath deeply the fresh county air and listen to the birds singing. Soft relaxing music will be played. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most 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 covered during the entire 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 sheet and blanket, you will ring a bell to let me know you are ready for me to enter.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly covered 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 typically includes work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. If we are working on a particular issue, for example, a frozen shoulder then the massage may cover the back, neck and arms.
What will the massage 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. 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.
Are there different kinds of massage?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork. We will discuss which methods and techniques will be most appropriate for you based on the muscular issues you report. As a medical massage practitioner I generally combine different methods and pressures to work toward the desired results.
What should I do during the massage session?
Prior to and during the massage feel free to ask any questions you have. During the massage, 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, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, more or less heat, or anything else relevant to the session.
How will I feel after the massage session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. Some have an initial period of feeling slowed down, but after that many people experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.
What are the benefits of massage?
Massage 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 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 inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before we begin your session, you complete an intake form and I 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, depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.