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. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
We leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a the clean sheets and blanket. Before entering, you will hear a soft knock on the door.
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 parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
What will the massage feel like?
A Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension to patient tolerance. You should communicate throughout the massage if there is any discomfort so that the treatment can be modified accordingly. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.
Are there different kinds of massage?
There are numerous types of massage as listed below and each type utilizes different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We will discuss this in your first appointment to decided which one is best suited for you.
What should I do during the massage session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the 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. Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. 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 session?
Most people feel very relaxed, however some clients do feel sore, depending on the type of treatment and the their overall condition. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. Others may experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity that 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 or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, I will ask general 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 or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
Does health insurance cover my treatment?
We participate in many insurance companies. You may have a co-pay for each visit. Starting January 2017, we will accept certain insurance plans for Acupuncture Treatments. Our staff is available six days a week to answer questions regarding your specific insurance carrier’s allowance regarding co-pays, number of visits allowed, etc.