Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
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. For a regular Holistic/Deep Tissue Massage, Pre-natal, or Hot Stone Massage, the strokes are done directly on your skin and therapeutic oil is used to allow for effective work on your muscles. So for these sessions you’ll undress to your level of comfort. It is your choice about whether you want to leave your underwear on or not. Either choice is appropriate. There will be a sheet and blanket covering you at all times. Only the part of your body being worked on will be exposed, for example one arm, or one leg, or your back. You will always be properly draped for your privacy. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
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 should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, 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, 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 or bodywork session?
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.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase and maintain joint flexibility, maintain muscle tonicity, 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.
How frequently should I get massage?
That really depends on what your goals are, and your budget. I recommend getting a massage at least once a month, as the effects are cumulative. The more regularly you come in, the more your body truly gets out of it. A few of my clients come in once a week, many come in every other or every three weeks. All of them recognize the importance of self-care, and the health benefits that they enjoy from receiving massage on a regular basis.
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, the practitioner asks 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. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
Do you take credit cards?
Yes, I have the Square and can accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, as well as personal checks, or cash.
Do you take insurance?
No, I do not accept insurance at this time.
Is your office handicap accessible?
I do not have elevator access available where my office is located, however there is a small lift chair available for those who have a hard time with stairs.