Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that you fill out the health history form prior to the session. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking so I can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so I am aware if I need to use a different oil, lotion or avoid aromatherapy during the session. 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.
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.
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.
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what I need you to do 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.
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.
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. A Deep Tissue or Therapeutic massage can sometimes feel a little uncomfortable but should never be painful. Pain can also be an indication that the muscle might be injured or inflamed so please speak up if it hurts. On a pain scale from 1-10, with 10 being “OUCH”, a 7 is generally the most beneficial during massage. Don’t hold your breath and just relax into the massage. If the pressure is too deep you will likely tense up and negate the effects of the massage, not to mention end up more sore than you started out. A massage does not have to be painful to be effective.
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..
I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet.
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. Only the body part that I am working on will be uncovered so you will be properly draped during the entire session.
When you arrive at the studio, I will ask you to fill out a health history form. Once you have finished I will begin by asking you general questions to establish the goals for the session. We will discuss the areas you would like worked on, if you have any specific conditions that need to be addressed, and what you typically do on a day-to-day basis. I may perform certain assessments and tests to evaluate your condition and functional movement. After the session, we will discuss how you are feeling and I may make recommendations for small changes that can prolong the effects of the massage.
We do not offer simultaneous couples massages but we are more than happy to accommodate couples with consecutive appointment times.