What to expect during a Massage or Bodywork Session
Where will My Massage or Bodywork 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 completely undress?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed, yet properly draped. However, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped throughout the duration of the session.
Will the practitioner be present while I Disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself under the sheets. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What will the Massage or Bodywork feel like?
It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate with your practitioner immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach or modification may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
How long should I schedule a session?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, for instance the neck and shoulders, back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60-90 minute session for optimal relaxation.
What should I do during the Massage or Bodywork Session?
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move an extremity or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. When you are completely relaxed, you receive the best benefit for your body.
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 afterwards.
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 are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there 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 and reviews an intake form. 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. Many practitioners may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.