Frequently Asked Questions - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped during the session. Finally, if you are uncomfortable being fully undressed, you can discuss alternative options with your masseuse. A good massage therapist will be accommodating to your needs, if they're not, you can always find a masseuse who will.

Because massage is so personal taking the time to find a good match between client and masseuse will greatly improve your experience.

Ask a friend. If you have a friend who sees a masseuse don't be shy and ask them for a reference.
Speak with the massage therapist to making an appointment.
A good massage therapist will be willing to discuss your expectations and what style of massage will work best to relieve your symptoms.
Inquire about their fees.
Typically a massage will last one hour but it is a good idea to ask how long the massage will last and whether they allow extra time at the end of your session for rebooking and discussion, if necessary.
Inquire about their facilities -- you may prefer to be seen an office setting rather than in the home of the massage therapist.
Credentials are important
-- making sure the masseuse is licensed! Ask about how long they've been practicing, where they were schooled, how many hours of training did they complete and if they've had any advanced training in specific massage techniques.

Yes. That's why it's imperative that before you begin your session, the practitioner ask 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. Many practitioners may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

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. Here are some more benefits.

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. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask me questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

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.

The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. Hot tubs, steam baths and saunas can assist in the relaxation process.

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.

It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes which will help to 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. 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.

A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. A cold-pressed vegetable oil will be used that is easily absorbed by the skin.  Please let me know if you have any allergies I should be aware of.