Your session will take place in a safe & comfortably quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort with an adjustable face rest and a heat option.
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. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
No, the therapist will always leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and if desired, a blanket as well. Your therapist will knock before re-entering the room to make sure you are covered and ready..
You will be comfortably & properly draped with a sheet at all times. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. If you feel too cold or exposed, we can also add a blanket over the sheet for added weight, warmth & comfort.
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, neck, pecs, glutes, scalp and face. Please note, we always sanitize hands before touching your face & try to minimize the amount of lotion/oil that contacts your hair and scalp. Pecs and glutes can be worked over the sheet. Please let therapist know if you have any areas you would like them to avoid.
Note: If you would like your stomach/abdominals massaged, you will need to specifically request it.
Your session may start with some compression over the sheet, then broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relieve areas of muscular tension. A light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. 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.
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. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you, and the therapist will integrate all the modalities that she feels will be best for you, thus giving you a personalized therapeutic massage.
During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The therapist will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session. Most therapists prefer you not to try to help unless asked and suggest you to be like a rag doll or spaghetti. Many people just close their eyes and 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, please feel free to ask.
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. Sometimes you will feel a little sore from the session, depending on the level of pressure you prefer or need.
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 is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, alleviate migraines and headaches, and create an overall sense of well-being.
Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your session. Water intake will help with undesired soreness and help flush released toxins out of your system. Along with drinking water, it is also a very good idea to take an epsom salt bath following your session. And nice and easy, comfortable stretching is always helpful.
Yes. That's why before we begin your session, general health questions are asked and before your first session you will be required to fill out a new client intake form. It is very important that you inform your therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session.