Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your session will take place in a comfortable, quiet room. You will lie on a cushioned massage table or mat, and I may use bolsters or pillows to help you feel more comfortable, supported, and at ease. Relaxing music will accompany the session.
What should I wear?
If a client is receiving table massage, s/he will be draped with a sheet for modesty and possibly a blanket for warmth. When receiving table massage, I request that a client undress to her or his comfort level and wear underpants. Please consider removing any jewelry, particularly necklaces, before your massage. If you have scheduled a Thai massage, you will remain clothed during the session–please wear or bring comfortable clothing that will not restrict your movement.
Will you be present when I disrobe?
No. I will leave the room while you undress, settle onto the table, and cover yourself with the sheet provided.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Before your session begins, we will discuss your health, needs, intentions, and expectations for the session as well as what treatment goals are feasible for the time you have reserved. I will tailor the session in accordance with your needs and the time we have. A full-body session typically includes work on the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, and back with extra time and attention devoted to areas where you experience tension and/or pain and possibly also areas where I notice restriction and tension.
What will the massage or bodywork be like?
In a general massage administered on the table, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and release superficial muscle tension. I may apply a gentle, firmer pressure to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. When working directly on the skin, I typically use a small amount of oil to work the muscles without causing excessive friction to the skin. In a Thai massage session, I work gently and rhythmically, positioning the body and using direct pressure, compression, and gentle rocking to help muscles and the fascia that wraps them release and encourage balance in the meridian system of the body.
If you ever find that a technique or level of pressure feels uncomfortable, please communicate with your massage therapist immediately so that s/he can apply a movement, modality, or pressure better suited to your needs and comfort. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body and mind are at ease.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are many kinds of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, or application of pressure to specific points. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you at any given time.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Please feel free to ask any questions about techniques or your session at any time. Most massage and bodywork recipients close their eyes and try to relax during the treatment, communicating if and/or when they need more or less pressure, if they feel too warm or too cold, or anything else relevant to their comfort and needs. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, please do not hesitate 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.
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 are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and foster an overall sense of well-being.
Are there medical conditions that might be affected by massage or bodywork?
Yes. Please notify me of any medical conditions you currently have or have had and keep me updated regarding changes in your medical history. Your records are confidential and stored securely.