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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or 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 massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
What is PNF Stretching?
What is Myofascial Release?
How do I enjoy a Sauna Session?
What conditions can massage benefit?

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.  Sports, Orthopedic or Medical Massage may require more concentrated work on specific parts of the body, leaving less time for the remaining areas of the body in an hour session.  Longer sessions may be booked to address more areas of the body during a session.  This will be discussed with you prior to the session.

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. In Sports, Orthopedic, Medical and Deep Tissue massage, the pressure will be firmer.  You will also be expected to participate for certain techniques to be effective. You should communicate immediately if you feel the discomfort is too much 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). During a Relaxation Massage 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.   During the other types of massage, communication is the key.  Participation may be required to facilitate better muscle therapy and balancing.  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?
After a Relaxation Massage most people feel very relaxed. After other types of massage there may be some tender spots where a muscle was really tight, and possibly some soreness for a day or two.  When you change the muscle tissue, via massage or exercise, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is normal.  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.  This will help to minimize the after effects.   

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.

What is PNF Stretching?
PNF Stretching, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, is a client participation stretching technique.When instructed to do so the client contracts a specified muscle against resistance, and then relaxes the muscle and moves it with the therapist in an assisted stretch.This technique is very effective in relaxing overly contracted muscles and allowing them to release.

What is myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.

How do I enjoy a Sauna?
Shed your worries and let the relaxing Sauna aura surround you. Allow your body time to adjust to the high heat. Sit or lie on a towel on the top bench for the best heat. You may sit on the lower bench for cooler temperatures. As desired, pour 1 to 2 ladles full of water over the hot Sauna stones to produce steam, which will aid in perspiration. Optional aromatherapy is available upon request.

After 10-20 minutes, or when you feel ready, exit the Sauna and cool down by taking a shower. Rest for a while in the cooling area.  You should spend about as much time cooling down as you have spent in the Sauna. Re-enter the Sauna and repeat the process as desired. Finish with a final shower. Then, relax with your favorite beverage and enjoy that wonderful after-Sauna feeling.

Clients are expected to wear sandals or other shower appropriate footwear, and to have a towel under themselves while either sitting or lying down in the sauna.

What conditions can massage benefit?

Some of the conditions are:

·ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
·Adrenal Fatigue
·Alzheimer's Disease
·Anxiety disorders 
·Asthma - Increases pulmonary function and increases peak air flow
·Autism - Regulates sleep patterns, resulting in better task focus and performance
·Back pain
·Bell's palsy
·Burn injuries - Reduces pain, itching and anxiety
·Cancer - Massage can help decrease pain and anxiety in cancer patients
·Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
·Cerebral Palsy
·Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Fatigue that doesn't go away and flu like symptoms
·Chronic pain
·Circulatory problems
·Digestive disorders
·Drug addiction
·Eating disorders - Anorexia and bulimia 
·Elbow Tendonitis - Also known as Tennis Elbow, occurs when the tendon in the elbow region becomes damaged from repetitive movement
·Fallen Arches - Also known as flat feet
·Frozen Shoulder
·High Blood Pressure - Also known as hypertension
·HIV and AIDS - Helps strengthen the immune system of people with HIV
·Iliopsoas Tendonitis - Also known as hip tendonitis. This form of tendonitis can cause groin pain
·Infertility - Mayan abdominal massage is a non-invasive way to help treat this problem
·Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
·Leg cramps
·Lou Gehrig's Disease -This is a degenerative disease of the nervous system
·Muscle Spasms and Cramps 
·Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
·Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
·Neck pain
·Parkinson's Disease -This neurological condition affects movement
·Plantar Fasciitis - Also known as heel spurs
·Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Reduces water retention and cramping
·Preterm infants - improves weight gain
·Restless Leg Syndrome - A strong urge to move your legs
·Sciatic nerve pain - Also known as sciatica. A nerve related pain that occurs in the lower back, buttocks and/or down the back of the leg
·Sleep disorders
·Spina Bifida - This birth defect has no cure, but massage can be used to enhance its treatment
·Sports injury
·Tendonitis - Occurs when the tendon gets irritated and inflamed from repetitious movements and overuse
·Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) - Painful condition that affects the jaw
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