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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be addressed in the bodywork sesson?
What will the bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the session?
How will I feel after the  bodywork session?
What are the benefits of  bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

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 and the lights dimmed. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
It depends upon which type of bodywork you are received.  For CranialSacral and Reflexology, you will remain dressed but you will be instructed to wear something loose and comfortable.   For Swedish Massage,  techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed but you should undress only to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session so modesty is protected.  You will be instructed to wear something loose and comfortable.

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 the sheet and/or blanket provided on the massage table.

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 addressed in the bodywork session?
For Foot Reflexology, usually only the lower leg and feet are manipulated.  However the entire body is affected.  For Cranial Sacral work, various areas of your body will be addressed with a very gentle touch, to help the Therapist assess the craniosacral rhythm of your body.  For Swedish Massage, a typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.  

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Reflexology is different from a foot massage in that the Therapist is really addressing the well-being of the entire body through reflex points on the foot.  However, many clients do express that their feet feel lighter and less painful after a session.  

In Cranial Sacral Therapy, the Therapist applies a very light technique, beginning with the head, working down the spine, down to the ankles, hips and returning to the head.  At times you will be so relaxed that you might feel yourself falling asleep - which is quite a common response to this gentle treatment.  

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. 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, employing various techniques, all for the purpose of helping your body return to well-being.  Depending upon your Therapist's credentials, your session will be customized based on your needs.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
For Reflexology and Cranial Sacral work, you are primarily lying on your back, with support under knees and neck if needed.  You will be draped and the Therapist will instruct you as needed.  Prior to the massage/bodywork, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During a massage 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 or turning over). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax.  Your therapist will also check in with you to make sure you are comfortable and to see if pressure level is satisfactory.  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 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 bodywork?
Bodywork is known to decrease stress, promote relaxation, improve sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, ease restlessness, provide emotional support, improve blood flow, can reduce blood pressure, relieve mental and physical fatigue, relieve Migraine and other headache pain, reduce muscle pain and many other benefits.  The type of bodywork you receive is often chosen based on your physical/mental/emotional need at the time.  Different therapies produce different benefits. 

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 has you complete a form which 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.

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