What to Expect
What to Expect at Your Session
If you haven’t had much experience with body therapy, you might be wondering what to expect during a typical body work session that uses classic massage. Some bodywork does not require you to get undressed, be under sheets, or lay face down, such as Strain Counter Strain, and Neural Reset Therapy. Classic Massage usually involves a certain amount of undress to address the tissue being worked. Below are guidelines for classic bodywork/massage.
The therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your desired results from therapy. He or she will assess your needs and explore your motivation in getting body work/massage, including your health goals. The therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels and any areas of physical pain. The information gathered in a brief interview will help the therapist determine how to structure the session to achieve your desired results.
Removing clothing (Classic Massage)
Before your session, the therapist will discuss the order of the massage/body work session based on the above elements, so you know what to expect, please don't hesitate to ask questions if anything is confusing. In classic massage the therapist will ask you to remove clothing to your level of comfort. The therapist will leave the room while you undress and remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the session. It is a good idea to remove jewelry, but we can work around it, we would never demand you remove a sentimental item. If you have new piercings or tattoos, tell the therapist- they will work around those areas. Lie on the table, either face up or face down, underneath the provided sheets and blanket which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.
The therapy table is padded, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face rest, which allows you to lie face down without turning your head or neck. The linens, and any towels used for your session are always fresh and new, and the face rest is sanitized between each session, healthcare standards for cleanliness are followed (universal precautions).
Expect a comfortable, safe, and medically appropriate environment for the body work session. We play music during the session. Some people enjoy the music, and some don’t. If you prefer silence or different music, ask the therapist to turn off or change the music. If you have music on Bluetooth enabled device we welcome your music too.
The technique or modality used will depend on what the therapist determines is best for your session along with your goals. The therapist may use oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you are allergic to oils or lotions, let your therapist know before your session begins. Depending on your needs, the therapist will massage the full body which can include the following - head, face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, buttock, legs, and feet with any areas omitted per your choice or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight and painful muscles. Remember to breathe normally and communicate with your therapist if you have any concerns, questions, or requests before, during or after session.
The end of the massage
The therapist will leave the room to wash her hands and allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. There is water to drink and when you are ready to check out the therapist will ask how you feel - not for validation of their skills- but to ascertain your state of being after the session, any feedback you have and to discuss goals for next session.
Health Benefits of Massage Therapy/Body Work
- Control stress. The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. It may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.
- Increase immunity. Medical research indicates that massage therapy/bodywork can help boost the immune system by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural "killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.
- Mental health and wellness. Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.
- Pain management. Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Recent findings highlight the role of massage in pain management.
- Improve physical fitness. Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from therapy massage can reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.