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Your Questions, Answered


Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, private, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for massage therapy.  Pillows and bolsters will also be available 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 and get onto the table underneath the sheet and blanket.

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 areas of the body will be massaged?

A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.  Massages for specific concerns (for example, a whiplash injury) will be structured around treating the affected musculature.  You can discuss any concerns with the practitioner during the intake process.

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, and promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage 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.

How will I feel after the massage session?

Generally, clients experience positive physiological and emotional effects from a massage.  If the massage is intended to aid in rehabilitation following an injury, release chronic tension, or for a similar purpose, some soreness can occur.  This is normal, and usually subsides within a few days.

What should I do during the massage or Reiki 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.

What happens during the intake process?

During the intake process, you will share any concerns and relevant health information with your massage therapist.  This will allow me to meet your needs and provide the most beneficial therapy possible.

Do you accept any forms of health insurance?

Unfortunately, at this time, regular health insurance does not cover massage therapy services.  However, if you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you may be able to use it to cover massage therapy.  Please contact your insurance provider and/or FSA customer service for more information.

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