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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

The following are some common questions asked by clients.  If you have a question that is not answered below please feel free to contact me by clicking here, and I will be happy to respond with an answer.

Who can benefit from massage therapy?
Anyone wanting relief from pain, fatigue, poor circulation, needing lymph drainage, to improve muscle tone, & stress.

What should consumers expect when receiving a massage for the first time?
The massage therapist will ask about your reasons for getting a massage and ask you to fill out a Client Information Form about your current physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, and specific areas of pain. You will undress in your private massage room and a bath sheet is provided for draping during the massage. The therapist will undrape only the part of the body being massaged, ensuring that modesty is respected at all times. The massage takes place on a comfortable padded massage table with soft music and warm massage oil to help you relax. Warm rocks can also be used on your back to leave you with the ultimate relaxing effect.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. Oils will be used and any area that is clothed will not be able to be massaged. A men’s swimsuit would work for men. Women can wear there underwear or a 2 piece suit as well. You will be properly draped during the entire session so it is not necessary to wear clothing. Also if you wear anything with elastic it will stop the circulation we are trying to create.

Will the Practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will not be in the room while you undress. After you undress, relax on the massage table under the bath sheet that is provided for you. The practitioner will ask if you are ready and wait for your answer before entering the room.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
You and the practitioner 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, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).

What will the massage feel like?
It depends on the technique used. Your massage therapists will use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, 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. A light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massage without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps to hydrate the skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of Massage?
There are numerous types of massage; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask the Practitioner about the methods he or she uses.

How long will a session last?
The average full body massage session lasts approximately one hour. A half hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as the neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet.

What should I do during a massage session?
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. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage or bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

How will I feel after the massage session?
Most people feel very relaxed & calm. Some experience freedom from long term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling relaxed, 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 massage. If you have a lot of toxins and you body is not able to release them you may be sore as if you have over exercised. That is why we suggest you drink lots of water and try to if to soak in a fairly warm bath that night.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, you feel out the Client Information form. It is very important that you inform the Practitioner of any health problems or medication you are taking. If you suffer from certain circulatory ailments (such as phlebitis), infectious diseases, certain forms of cancer, cardiac problems, certain skin conditions, or any inflamed or infected tissues, be sure to consult your physician before initiating any massage program.


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