FAQs

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your session will take place in a warm, private room, on a comfortable massage table. You can choose from a variety of music to help you relax.

Do I have to be completely undressed?
Traditionally, massage is performed with the client unclothed under draping, but it's totally up to you. Many people leave their underwear on, and some come in shorts and a tank top. You will always be properly draped during the session.

Will the therapist be present when I disrobe?
You will be left alone in the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet.

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?
Your full-body session will include your neck, scalp, face, arms, hands, pectorals, legs, feet, abdomen, gluteals, back and shoulders. If for any reason you don't want an area to be massaged, just let me know.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
That depends on your goal. If you come in for a specific issue, we'll jump right in to address it, using different manual techniques. These can include active movement, stretches, changing positions on or off the table and possibly using tools such as T-bars. This type of massage can be painful, but productive. It's important for you to communicate with me what you're feeling and let me know if it gets too intense or painful. It should be therapeutic, not torture! Very little lotion is used in this type of work because the goal is to affect the deeper tissues, not glide along the skin.

On the other hand, if you come for a more traditional full body massage, I'll start with your face and neck while you're on your back, and move downward to your feet. This ensures you don't leave with greasy hair, and your face is massaged before your feet. I tend to give a firmer, deeper Swedish massage, but I will check in with you to make sure the pressure is comfortable, but still therapeutic. I use a light lotion that allows for some glide on the skin, but won't feel greasy when you get dressed afterward. The goal of this type of massage is to balance the tension in the musculature of the entire body. It also promotes relaxation, which is excellent for supporting the immune system, especially when done on a regular basis.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are many different kinds of massage. I incorporate assessments and techniques from structural integration, sports, swedish and medical massage. I also use moist packs, hot stones and essential oils.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Again, it depends on the type of massage you will need to meet your goal. Communication before, during and after the massage will ensure you have the most comfortable and effective outcome, whether it's to ask for a blanket, change the music or discuss pressure. If you want to talk during the session, feel free, but if you want to be quiet and drift off, that's fine too; I'll take my cue from you. 

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed, even loopy for a while. In fact, it can be good to wait a few minutes before driving after a massage! Later, clients often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

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 is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being. That being said, you might feel a little sore, especially if we do a little deeper work in certain areas.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that you fill out an intake form to let me know of any health problems, or medications you're taking. Certain conditions may require that you bring a written approval from your doctor. In most cases, massage won't be completely contraindicated, it will just require some modifications.

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