Frequently Asked Questions
Massage may be a new experience for you. This venture into the "unknown" may make you feel apprehensive or nervous. I can assure you that I will do my best to provide a positive and rewarding experience. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage. Expect to have a peaceful and comfortable environment for your massage. Music is optional during your session. Some people find music playing to be relaxing, some find it distracting. If you donít like music playing, ask for the music to be changed or turned off. Remember that your massage session is all about YOU.
Before the Massage
Before the massage session begins, I will discuss your previous experience with massage, as well as your health history. You will be asked what your areas of concern are and then I will develop a treatment plan based on those needs. I will also explain to you why certain massage techniques could benefit you. You will want to remove all jewelry before the session begins. After we have completed your health intake information, you will be asked to undress to your level of comfort and to cover yourself with the sheet and blanket, while I step out of the room.
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.
Will the Massage Therapist Be Present When I Disrobe?
I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with the clean sheets.
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 Will the Massage Feel Like?
There are a variety of massage techniques that can be used during any session. I will explain each technique to you prior to applying it to your body. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your sympathetic nervous system and relax your muscles. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A light oil or cream is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lubricant also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.
What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
We will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body massage will include: scalp, face, neck, back, arms, hands, abdomen, gluteals, legs, and feet. You will never be touched inappropriately and you may choose which areas I should avoid.
What Should I Do During the Massage Session?
One of the fine things about massage is that it allows you to forget about clocks and schedules. Try to relax and to breathe deeply and regularly from your diaphragm. Donít worry about trying to help me in any way. For example, when it is time for you to lift your arm, let it be lifted for you. Allow your body to be completely taken care of by me. Finally, when your massage is over, there is no need to get up immediately. Lie still with your eyes closed and absorb whatever you are feeling a little while longer.
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. 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.
Are There Any Medical Conditions that Would Make Massage Inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before your massage session begins, you respond honestly to the 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 massage prior to any session. I may require your doctor's consent for you to receive massage.
After the Massage
Massage therapy promotes a release of toxins from the body tissues. In order to flush toxins from the body, it is imperative that you drink a sufficient amount of water. Keep drinking until the water passed from the body is clear. During massage you are lying prone for an hour or longer. This may cause dizziness upon sitting up. Therefore when getting up after massage, move slowly.