Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?

Massage and bodywork can help to release chronic muscle pain and tension, improve circulation, increase joint mobility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote the healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of wellbeing. The practitioner will talk with you about your reasons for choosing massage, and will discuss an appropriate treatment plan. 

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?

Yes. Because of this, it is imperative that you inform your practitioner of any health problems and any medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you have a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Your practitioner may require approval from your doctor.

Must I be completely undressed? 

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed. You should undress to your level of comfort. Your body will be properly draped during the entire session. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. 

What should I do during the massage?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the upcoming session. The practitioner will leave the room to allow you to undress and to settle onto the table and cover yourself with the sheet. Feel free to ask for additional blankets if you feel cold. Make yourself comfortable. Many people close their eyes and completely relax. Throughout the massage, the practitioner will gently move you or give instructions as to what is needed (such as lifting your arm). You can communicate at any time with the practitioner about your comfort, if you need more or less pressure, or anything else relevant to the session. 

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some people experience immediate relief from long-term or chronic pain or tension. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and decreased stress and anxiety. 

Tips for getting the most out of your massage:


1. Don’t eat right before a massage. 
2. Arrive on time for your massage. Rushing may make it harder to relax. 
3. Tell your practitioner if you are allergic or sensitive to any oils, lotion, or fragrances. 
4. Report any discomfort during the massage. 
5. Drink extra water after your massage. 


Massage and Bodywork Techniques

Swedish Massage

A system of long, fluid strokes on bare skin, kneading, friction and passive or active movement with the intention of improving circulation, increasing the flow of oxygen to the blood, reducing inflammation, and releasing toxins from the tissues. Swedish massage can shorten recovery time from muscular strain, stretch ligaments and tendons, sooth the nervous system, and reduce emotional and physical stress. 

Deep Tissue/Sports Massage

Similar to Swedish, but with more depth and specificty. The work is more specific and regional, designed to reach deep layers of muscles, specifically individual muscle fibers. This work is effective in releasing toxins and deeply held tension, improving range of motion, and treating chronic muscle pain. Because the work is deep and specific, some soreness may be experienced during and after the massage, but not lasting more than a day or two.

Shiatsu

Developed in Japan, shiatsu treats the meridians that run through the body that are believed to be connected to internal organs, unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance to the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing. Pressure is applied with fingers, thumbs, palms, or elbows to specific points located along the meridians. Shiatsu treatments induce calm and relaxation while stimulating lymph and blood flow.

Prenatal

Many methods of massage and somatic therapies are both effective and safe prenatally and during postpartum periods of pregnancy. Prenatally, specific techniques can reduce discomfort and worry and can enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Prenatal massage can facilitate labor, shorten labor times and ease pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, it can rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her infant.

Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Massage

An invigorating sequence of compressions, movements, stretches and point pressure, which can help to increase strength and flexibility, relieve muscle soreness and tension, and increase range of motion. Thai massage can also benefit the body by encouraging lymphatic function, circulation, and can help to prevent injury by increasing flexibility. Clients should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Cupping

This technique is an ancient practice of applying suction (or negative pressure) to the skin with the intention of pulling blood and fluids to the immediate area to promote healing. Once applied, the cups can be gently moved across the skin. Cupping can reduce pain and inflammation, loosen muscle tissue, encourage blood flow, and calm the nervous system. 

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology Tape is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process, while providing support and stability to muscles and joints, by reducing inflammation, minimizing pain, and distributing force to to nearby areas. It can be used to treat an extensive variety of injuries and to improve athletic performance. Because of the stretchiness of the tape, it does not restrict range of motion. The tape can be worn for up to 5 days, even while swimming or in the shower.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release involves applying gentle sustained pressure into connective tissue restrictions in order to eliminate pain and restore range of motion. It is performed directly on the skin without oils or creams.