-How should I prepare for my appointment?

The therapist has very sensitive skin that is highly allergic & responsive to many irritants. Please avoid use of "leave-on" products on the day of your massage. This includes ALL fragrances (perfumes, colognes, essential oils, etc.), ALL lotions, leave-in conditioners, dry shampoos, make-ups, etc. Your massage might have to be re-scheduled (or certain areas avoided) if these products are used.

-Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? 
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax.

-Must I be completely undressed? 
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.

-Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe? 
Absolutely not. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

-Will I be covered during the session? 
You must be properly draped at all times. This is not only to keep you warm and comfortable, but is also mandatory and non-negotiable for massage to take place. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. 

-What parts of my body will be massaged? 
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, face, neck, and shoulders. Any combination of these areas may be selected by you for more focused work.

-What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. 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 (if you choose) in order to relax and relieve specific areas of problematic 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 oil 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.

-Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork? 
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you. 

-What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, 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, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask. 

-How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session? 
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.

-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. 

-Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable? 
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. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

NOTICE: We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To Anyone For Any Reason

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