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Common Questions about Massage

Q. Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more.

Q. How long will the session last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60 - to 90- minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. Our sauna can assist in the relaxation process.

Q. Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped during the session.

Q. Will the therapist be present when I disrobe?
No. I will leave the room while you undress, relax yourself onto the massage table and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

Q. 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.

Q. Will lubricant be used?
A light oil, lotion, or powder may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lubricants used will hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed.

Q. What parts of my body will be massaged?
You and I will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head and neck. You will not be touched on or near your genitals. This is a strictly professional therapeutic massage.

Q. What should I do during the bodywork session?
Make yourself comfortable. I 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. Others like to talk during their session.

Q. What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes which will help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular 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.

Q. 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 express increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during the massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water. I recommend at least one 8 oz. glass of water each hour after the massage for three hours.

Q. Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
A. Yes. That is why it is imperative that before you begin your session, I ask you general health questions. It is important that you inform me if you are having any health problems or about any medications that you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that I receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session.

Q. Will my insurance cover my massage or bodywork session?
A. If you are in a car accident or have a job-related injury covered by workers' compensation, insurance may cover massage, bodywork or somatic therapies when prescribed by a physician. If your insurance covers chiropractic or osteopathic services, the services of a bodywork professional may be covered when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Therapies provided as part of the prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist are often covered. The best thing to do is to check with your insurance company to see exactly what is covered under what circumstances.



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