Are these just the standard FAQ's and answers on every massage website?
Yes and no. I have used the standard ones as a baseline, but added information specific to my practice.
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 will be played to help you relax. If you like, you may provide your own music. There will be a massage table especially designed for your comfort, dressed with sheets and a blanket.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques that I perform 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, which means that only the part of the body that I am working on at the time will be uncovered.
If you choose to have a reiki or Starlight Energy® treatment, you will remain clothed and just remove your shoes.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
I will leave the room to allow you to undress and lie down on the table under the sheet and blanket.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session can include scalp, face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, feet, hips/gluteals, back and abdominals. At the start of your session, depending on your goals and desires for that session, we will agree together on what areas will be worked.
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 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 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; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I 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. Some people even fall asleep! 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. If deeper work is performed, you may experience some mild soreness but that will dissipate within 24-48 hours. It is recommended you make sure to stay hydrated following your massage.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Among many other benefits, massage 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. If you have any questions about your specific condition, please feel free to call or email.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese words Rei (Universal Higher Power) and Ki (life force energy). So Reiki is “spiritually guided life force energy”. Reiki treats the whole person, body, emotions, mind and spirit.
During a reiki treatment, you will remain fully clothed and you will be relaxing on a massage table. You may feel free to close your eyes. The practitioner acts as a vessel or conduit for the reiki energy, and will pass the reiki into you by either gently placing his/her hands on your face, head or body, or holding his/her hands above your body. You may feel heat from the practitioner’s hands, and you may feel sensations moving through your body as heat, sparks, or just a general sense of peace and relaxation.
What is Starlight Energy®?
Starlight Energy® is the highest vibration of universal love energy available, from the realm of pure consciousness and also from the center of the Earth. Its purpose is to clear out any blocks you may have, and help you let go of anything you’re holding in the cells of your body that is holding you back. It clears the way for new energy to come in and help you find clarity with any challenges you may be having. It realigns you with your purpose.