FAQ & What to Expect
How Should I Prepare for My Massage?
It is recommended that you come dressed comfortably and take no
aspirin, pain killers, or alcohol on the day of the appointment. To
receive bodywork, you can dress down to your comfort level; however, the
more clothing you have on, the less soft tissue I will be able to
affect. 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 will be properly draped during the entire session.
Only the body part that is currently being worked on will be uncovered
Where Will My Massage or Bodywork Session Take Place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm,
comfortable room with soft music to help you relax. You will lie on a
table specially designed for your comfort with pillows or bolsters to
support your body.
Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto
the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel. While the
practitioner is out of the room, she will be washing her hands for
proper sanitation standards.
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 or Bodywork Feel Like?
It depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a
form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners.
In general, a Swedish massage 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 lubricant also helps hydrate your
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. You should try to relax
completely and let the practitioner do all the work, let go of the world
around you and drift off into the peaceful place in your mind.
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. Ask about my specialties and you
are welcome to make requests on a different type or technique.
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.
What Should I Do During the Massage or Bodywork 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 and bodywork in general or about
the particular technique you are receiving.
How Will I Feel After the Massage or Bodywork Session?
Most people feel very relaxed. You may feel like you're floating or
a little lightheaded, some refer to it as feeling "spongy" or "fluffy".
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. Give
yourself 5 to 15 minutes to recover. Have a seat in the waiting area,
drink some water and enjoy the moment. Continue a regular regimen of
massage sessions in order to extend these positive effects.
Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, you
may experience a little soreness. It is recommended that you drink
plenty of water following your massage. Generally, drinking 64 oz of
water daily has countless health benefits. Click here for more info.
What Are the Benefits of Massage and Bodywork?
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. Click here for more
details on the benefits of massage.
Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage or
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your
session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very
important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or
medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is
strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage
or bodywork prior to any session. Your practitioner may require a
recommendation or approval from your doctor. Click here for more info on
reasons to avoid massage.
Will My Insurance Cover It?
The services of a bodywork professional may be covered by health
insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Therapies
provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered
physical therapist are often covered. Please provide your insurance
information so that I can call your insurance company to apply as a
What is Massage?
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating
back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and
Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates
wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and
circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and
far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation
programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic
conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, fatigue, high blood
pressure, diabetes, bursitis, depression, immunity suppression,
infertility, smoking cessation and more. As many millions will testify,
massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living
that can lead to disease and illness.
So What Is It Exactly?
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the
application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft
tissues of the human body. Specifically:
Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques
to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while
improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for
several different techniques. Although no two massages are exactly
alike, you may request a certain technique or modality.
Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation,
movement, and/or re-patterning to affect structural changes to the body.
Somatic: Meaning "of the body." Many times this term is used to denote a
body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only
or environmental perspective.
There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and
somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques.
The application of these techniques may include, but are not limited to,
stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction,
and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human
body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement
and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic
systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be
included to reduce friction on the skin.
Please note: Massage, bodywork and
somatic therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription,
manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any
other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice
orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy,
psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of