Q: What are the benefits of a massage and bodywork session?
A: Using massage techniques, your therapist can help you relieve chronic muscular pain and tension, improve circulation, improve flexibility, reduce mental and emotional stress, reduce fatigue, improve sleep, promote healing after surgery or healing of injured tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage also contributes to general feelings of relaxation and emotional well-being.
Q: Do I have to be undressed during the massage?
A: During your bodywork session, clients are traditionally undressed and draped with warm sheets. Only the area that is being worked on will be exposed. However, if you are uncomfortable being undressed, you can keep on a comfortable amount of clothing. For some types of massage, such as Shiatsu and Thai Yoga Massage, your therapist will ask that you remain clothed.
Q: Will my therapist be present when I am getting undressed?
A: No. Your therapist will leave the room while you get undressed and will come back after you are comfortably covered on the massage table.
Q: What parts of my body will my therapist touch?
A: Before beginning your bodywork session, you and your therapist will discuss the goals for your session and determine which areas will be massaged. A full-body massage typically includes the head, arms, legs, back, shoulders, hands, and feet. Your therapist will never touch your genitals, breasts, or any other area that you do not feel comfortable with.
Q: Will my therapist use lotions during the session?
A: Your massage therapist may use body oils to reduce friction on your skin and to aid in relaxing your muscles. All body oils used by our massage therapists are intended for massage therapy and will hydrate and moisturize your skin. To avoid any chance of skin irritation, please let our therapists know if you have any skin allergies before your session begins.
Q: What should I do during a massage session?
A: During your session, your job is to be comfortable and get a massage! Your therapist will position you on the massage table or chair. Some clients like to talk with their therapists, while others like to close their eyes and relax. If you are uncomfortable or would like a change in pressure at any point, be sure to communicate with your therapist.
Q: Is there any reason I should not get a massage?
A: For individuals with certain medical conditions, it is inadvisable to get a massage. Always check with your doctor before signing up for a therapeutic massage or bodywork session, and be sure to disclose any existing medical conditions to your massage therapist so that your therapist can provide you with the best care.