Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
When should I not get a massage and Why?
Do I have to take my clothes off?
What are the "boundaries" of a massage??
How soon can I get a massage after an injury?
Conditions helped by Massage?
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?
Ice Versus Heat?


Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable place. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

When should I not get a massage and Why?
Massage should be avoided when a condition or a situation may possibly cause harm. Some of these are - bruising, open wounds, rashes, varicose veins, acute injuries, bone fractures, physical illness, nausea, severe pain, fever, serious recent injury severe circulatorysystems, recent surgery, areas of abnormal sensation present.
  *Conditions where you should use caution can include - use of medications that affect the blood and circulation, alter sensation of touch or mood* Also Deep Tissue will be avoided when your pregnant especially in the First Trimester.

Do I have to take my clothes off?  
First and most importantly, you need to feel comfortable and relaxed, so disrobing to your comfort level is a priority. You will be alone when you undress and you will always be covered with a sheet throughout your massage. Only area that is being treated will be uncovered. I will work within your comfort level to achieve the best massage possible.

What are the "boundaries" of a massage?
Generally massage is therapeuticin nature and performed by a professional therapist. If you are uncomfortable with being touched in a specific area tell your therapist. It is your massage, so speak-up. Tell your therapist what feels good and what doesn't, as well as what area you do or do not want worked on. Therapists welcome all feedback.

How soon can I get a massage after an injury?
If the injury is minor, talk to me about it, If its more sever such as Surgery or fracture it is best to get your doctor's approval.

What conditions are helped by massage?

  • Aggression
  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Breast cancer
  • Bulimia
  • Burns
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Down's Syndrome.


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 me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. 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). If it is a Swedish Massage many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, or anything else relevant to the session. If it is a Deep Tissue / Theraputic Massage I have to communicate with you throughout the session, their has to be communication and instructions that I will give such as Breath works and motions that will help you get the result your looking for and taking you away from the fight flight mentality into a parasympathetic state.  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, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues 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 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, I will ask you general health questions as well as having you fill out the Client Intake Form before the massage, your more than welcome to download it by clicking Client_Intake_Form.pdf before you come in.  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 massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required, download Physician's Permission Form.

Ice Versus Heat?

Use ice/cold packs to reduce swelling and inflammation of joints and tendon attachment areas. Typically try 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off and repeat as necessary (place ice into a plastic bag then wrap with a small towel, avoid ice to skin contact). Use heat (moist heat is preferred) on muscles that are chronically tight and sore. Heat will help the muscle to relax and allow more blood flow.