Your First Visit

On your first visit your health history will be reviewed, your current body conditions noted including painful areas or any limitations in range of movement. This is also your opportunity to have your questions answered. After the massage is completed and you have re-dressed, your condition will be reviewed to chart improvements in movement and pain reduction. You may use this time to ask further questions, evaluate or request changes for future bodywork, and schedule your next appointment.

Subsequent Visits

You will be asked what you would like to focus on and if you have had any significant changes that the practitioner should be aware of such as an accident, change in exercise routine, change in job, or emotional trauma. If there has been any change in your medical condition it is extremely important to let the therapist know. In some cases, massage should be modified or avoided all together, or you may be asked to obtain permission from your physician to continue.

What Will the Massage Feel Like?

Often a massage will consist of different techniques. A session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm the nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate with your practitioner immediately if you feel pain so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting. When using a pressure point technique you may feel discomfort and be asked to breathe deeply to encourage the muscle and fascia to release. Lotion, crème, or oil is used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive pulling or friction to the skin. High quality products are used, but if you often experience skin reactions to ingredients, please advise your therapist so you can review the ingredients. In some cases, the client may wish to provide their own product or modify the technique so no lubricant is needed.

Am I To Do Anything During The Massage Session?

Most people close their eyes and relax the mind. The practitioner will either gently move you or ask you to shift throughout the session such as lift your arm, take a deep breath, or turn over. You may talk during the session and feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage, but most find the work more rewarding when the mind is quiet.

Where Will My Massage Take Place?

Your massage session will be in a clean, private, warm and comfortable room. Sheets and a blanket will be on the massage table for comfort and modesty. Music and soft lighting also invite relaxation. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet. The therapist will knock when re-entering the room.

Must I Be Completely Undressed?

You will be securely draped during the session and it is generally easier for the therapist to work with direct contact to the skin. However, you decide the amount of clothing to wear for your level of comfort. Please remove jewelry and watches. If you choose to remain clothed, please remove wallet and belt and empty pockets. If you are wearing an insulin pump, a hairpiece or other articles, please advise the therapist.

Will I Be Covered During The Session?

You will be properly and modestly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. A typical full-body session will include work on your head, neck, shoulders, sternum, arms, hands, legs, feet, back, the gluteal region of hips, and occasionally the abdomen. The genitals (male or female) and breasts (female) will not be touched or uncovered.

How Will I Feel After The Massage?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. Plan to take it easy for a few hours and allow the massage to fully settle into the body. If you have high blood pressure or are diabetic, please be aware these conditions may be temporarily lowered, so take your time getting up and off the table, making sure your feet are securely placed and you are not dizzy. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days. Toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage so it is very important you drink plenty of water the rest of the day. Sometimes after deep tissue work there is mild soreness that should dissipate within a day and you should feel a reduction of the original muscle pain.

What Are The Benefits Of Massage And Bodywork?

Massage has been shown to 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 are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.