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.
What articles of clothing do I need to remove?
To make the most of your massage session, it is recommended that you remove all clothing and jewelry, with the exception of underpants. You will be properly draped during the entire session, with only the area being worked exposed.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table and cover yourself with the provided clean sheet and/or blanket. You will have time to use the restroom and hang your clothing on the rack in the treatment room, or on the hooks on the wall of the bathroom. Table space is provided for jewelry and small personal items.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session can include work on your back, arms, legs, glutes, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Specific work on the abdominal region, upper chest and rib muscles may be applied when justified. Chest towels are supplied to women for privacy.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Your session may start with scalp, facial, neck and shoulder massage. For arms, legs and back, broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension will be used. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. Deeper pressure may be applied to particular areas of 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. Talking throughout the majority of the massage also diminishes the relaxation and healing experience.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing and kneading strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
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. Water is highly recommended to help the body flush out the waste from your body's filtration systems, i.e., lymphatic and blood circulation, liver, etc., that massage helps to rid the body of. Your practitioner will provide water for you after your session.
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.
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.
What is an out-call?
An out-call is when the massage therapist comes to your home, hotel room, business office or any other location than the massage therapist's office space.