Common Questions and Answers are addressed below
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. 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 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?
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 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 will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
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.
Are neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release painful?
It can be uncomfortable at times because the therapist is working on tight and congested muscles that are currently causing pain or are restricted, so naturally these muscles will be tender when they are worked. Often it's a "hurts so good" pain as it's easing the tension and restriction. The massage therapist will ask you how it feels, the goal is not to exceed a level of mild to moderate discomfort (4 to 6 on a scale of 1-10) as they work to loosen the area and restore normal circulation to promote healing and ultimately reduce pain and restriction in the area. Some therapists use hot stones which often make this process more enjoyable. You are in control of the discomfort level. If at any time it becomes too uncomfortable and the therapist doesn't check in to see how you're doing – tell them!
Will I be sore after neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release?
Some tenderness the next day is not uncommon after loosening up painful tight muscles. The therapist's job is to minimize this reaction by staying within your level of comfort during the massage. This can be a fine line to walk and everyone's body reacts differently. You can minimize your likelihood of being sore after NMT, deep tissue and myofascial release by drinking plenty of water and communicating your discomfort with the therapist during the session . It's good to drink extra water before as well as after your session. Optimal hydration will help your body flush out the metabolic waste released from the massage and reduce post massage discomfort. It's also a good idea to use a cold pack 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off 3 or 4 times after a massage on the areas that were particularly tender during the session. This reduces the likelihood of having an inflammatory response (pain) and helps flush the waste products out of the area and restore normal circulation to the area to promote healing.
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