New to
Massage & Bodywork?

Many new to therapeutic massage and bodywork often have questions about what to expect. Below are some of the questions many people ask. If you have others feel free to give us a call.

What can I expect?
Before receiving any treatment one of the things you can expect is a brief interview by your therapist. The point of this interview is learn about your past and present health, any chronic medical conditions you may have, any stressors in your life, and any specific areas you might like addressed. The point of the interview is to insure your safety as well as plan the session around your unique, individual needs. This is why it is important to provide your therapist accurate and honest information.

What will I be wearing?
In any massage/bodywork session you are draped with a large sheet or towel. You have the option of being fully or partially undressed under the drape. As each region of the body receives treatment it is uncovered. Women's breasts and all genital areas on men and women should be covered at all times. Feel free to discuss your level of modesty and any concerns you may have about draping with your therapist prior to beginning your session. It is also best if you wear little to no makeup and remove all jewelry prior to your session.

Do I need to do anything before and during the session?
Prior to you session refrain from eating any heavy foods, large meals, or drinking any alcoholic beverages. During the session your job is to simply relax as completely as possible. To do this it may be helpful to focus on your breathing, taking deep natural breathes. If your therapists moves your arms, legs, and head during your sessions, which is normal and both stretches and gives the therapist access to specific regions, try not to assist them. If you assist them, you tend to tense tissue areas up which makes their work less effective. Instead of assisting them, focus on your breathing and imagine you are a rag doll with loose limbs. If at any time during your session something is painful or uncomfortable let the therapist know immediately.

Should I talk or be silent during the session?
Talking during your session is optional. Some clients enjoy the social interaction while others prefer to be silent during their session, particularly if they are wanting to relax and unwind.

Is treatment painful?
Whether you experience any pain during your session depends on a variety of factors. For instance if you are seeking treatment to address a chronic problem like back/neck pain, massaging these areas may be uncomfortable. Certain therapeutic techniques also may be uncomfortable because they address deeper levels of tissue. On the other hand, if you are receiving treatment primarily to relax and unwind, you should experience little to no discomfort. Again, at any time during your session you experience any pain let your therapist know at once.

How long is the treatment?
Most sessions last anywhere from a half an hour to an hour and a half. This all depends on how much time you have and feel you need, as well as the type of work you are having done and what you would like to accomplish.

Are there any limitations on who can receive treatment?
Certain health problems can present situations where caution should be taken. Some of those include extremely high or uncontrollable blood pressure, heart disease, recent severe injuries or surgeries, along with any other severe chronic medical condition. If you have any history of serious medical problems let your therapist know before your session.

Do I need to do anything after my treatment?
After any massage or body treatment is important to drink lots of water in order to flush the metabolic waste that have been released out of your system. It is also a good idea to refrain from eating any heavy foods or larger meals for at least one and a half hours after your treatment.