Why should I come to you instead of a spa?
If you have never had the experience of a spa you should definitely try it sometime, however, there are a few drawbacks. There is a great deal more traffic in the average spa than you will find with our practice. Also, in the spa setting you are forced to deal with people who are paid cheaply, for example, a receptionist or underpaid business manager who will not know how to accurately describe the massage and its benefits. You will always have access to a direct line of communication with a professional here at Massage Experts by e-mail or phone. Just send us a message any reasonable time of day and we will do our best to get back to you immediately!
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room(right now limited to your open home space). Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed. However, it is entirely up to you, as to how far you undress. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be modestly draped during the entire session.
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. The practitioner will then knock and make sure you are ready before re-entering the room.
Will I be covered during the session?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, decollete and shoulders. Also, depending on your needs the gluteal, abdominal, and pectoral regions may be worked. We will be sure to check with you on your comfort level and problem areas before the session begins.
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?
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/ weeks. If it was a deep tissue or trigger point session, there may be soreness for about two days after the treatment. However, this is not major pain, usually feels more like a light bruise. As the point of the work is to break up problem areas and help it re-heal properly.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, improve digetive issues, 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.