Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place at the location of your choice; your home or hotel, office, studio, sporting event or on the set of your production. Chair massage sessions can be set up in small spaces or public settings due to ease of equipment and fully clothed recipients.
Must I be completely undressed?
Chair Massage is of course clothed and usually in a public setting. Most other private Table Massage treatments are performed with the client unclothed; however, 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?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress and allow you time to get comfortable on the table.
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?
Chair Massage sessions typically target the neck, shoulders, head, back, arms and hands. Table Massage treatments will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, face, head, chest, neck, and shoulders. Please specify where you would like concentration and if you do not want a particular area worked.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Your Table Massage session may start with a lighter touch in order to calm your nervous system, relax muscle tension and open the muscular webbing so your body will be more susceptible to deeper pressure. As your body becomes relaxed and muscle tissue begins to release, pressure will gradually be increased to target deeper muscle groups. Often, lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lotion also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. It is especially important to communicate your level of comfort while receiving Deep Tissue work. If the pressure is too intense or beyond your level of comfort the technique may be causing muscle damage that will require time to heal. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is relaxing. If you find you are resisting the pressure or feeling tense, ask your practitioner to lighten up on the pressure a bit.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork incorporating various techniques. Rubbing strokes, rocking movement, application to pressure points and stretching are just a few examples. Please take a look at at the Services & Rates page to view the massage styles we offer. 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 you will be asked to fill out a short Health Intake form. 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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following 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 you have filled out the intake form and discuss your situation with the practitioner. It is very important to 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.