Where will my massage/bodywork session take place?
Your massage/bodywork session will take place in a comfortable warm room next to a fireplace, on a heated table. Relaxing music will be played to help you relax and a candle lit room for the ultimate experience you deserve. Your comfort is our main concern and relaxing your body is our goal.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
We will discuss your massage/bodywork preferences prior to beginning the massage or bodywork portion of the session.
It is usually helpful to treat a larger area than simply the area that is troubling you.
What will the massage/bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage/bodywork is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage/bodywork, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help 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. 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 to hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be used. Massage/bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
We employs a wide range of techniques, ranging from relaxing gliding strokes to deep tissue pressure and myofascial release. We are always attentive to your comfort level and blends therapeutic goals with sensitivity.
Are There Times When I Shouldn't Have a Massage/Bodywork?
It's not a good idea to schedule a massage/bodywork appointment if you are experiencing any of the following:
Have a fever
Were recently involved in an accident
Are dizzy or nauseated
Are bruised or have wounds, rashes, or severe sunburn.
In these cases, it's important to stabilize your medical condition first. After you have recovered, or the condition is under the management of a medical provider who agrees that massage would be helpful, you can call to schedule an appointment.
In general, medical concerns or conditions might mean the therapist needs to adapt the massage technique or length of session.
What are some other cautions?
There are additional conditions where massage therapy could cause adverse effects. Once again, if you have any condition (chronic or acute), or are taking any medications, you should consult with your primary healthcare provider before booking a appointment. In some cases, massage/bodywork may be appropriate with some changes to the techniques or session.
For example, if you have an open wound or burn, the therapist would avoid that area. Or if you have any pins, staples, or artificial joints, the massage therapist may need to alter the techniques as well. Individual decisions must be made according to circumstances and, in many instances, medical advice.
Also, if you are allergic to certain massage oils, creams, cleansers, or disinfectants used on sheets and or tables, you may need to ask the therapist to use different products, or bring your own.
Tell the therapist if you have these conditions we may need a doctors consent to treat.
Tell your therapist if you have (or in some cases have had) any condition from one of these categories:
Contagious skin conditions (boils, warts, or herpes)
Other skin conditions (burns, rashes, or sores)
Circulatory system issues (high blood pressure, varicose veins, or stroke)
Digestive system issues (ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, or colitis)
Endocrine system issues (diabetes or thyroid dysfunction)
Musculoskeletal system conditions (carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis)
Lymph/immune system issues (chronic fatigue or HIV/AIDS)
Nervous system conditions (herpes or Parkinson's disease)
Respiratory system issues (asthma)
Are there different kinds of massage/bodywork and Light Touch Therapy?
There are numerous types of massage/bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, stationary touch, 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/bodywork or Light Touch Therapy session?
Prior to the massage/bodywork, feel free to ask any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage/bodywork, just make yourself comfortable. We 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, 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/bodywork or Light Touch Therapy 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/bodywork, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage/bodywork.
What are the benefits of massage/bodywork and Light Touch Therapy?
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 conditions that would make massage/bodywork or Light Touch Therapy inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it is imperative that we review your medical history with you before your first session. It is very important that you inform us of any health problems you have and/or medications you take. If you are under a doctor's care, or have had surgery recently, you may be asked to obtain approval for bodywork from your doctor.