What Should I Expect During a Massage Session?

Bodywork,Massage

Bodywork for the Body, Mind, and Spirit ∞ Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What should I expect during a session?
If this is the first time you’ve contemplated a massage or if you received a gift certificate, you may have questions on what to expect. I hope the following clears up any “mystery” or nervousness about the session!

What’s the difference between massage and bodywork anyway?
The terms are very similar. I tend to consider more of your session bodywork, as a broader range of techniques are used: massage, gentle stretches, gentle range of motion, gentle rocking, reflexology, guasha with a jade stone, tennis balls to relax areas, trigger point therapy and intuitive touch may be used.

Where will my session take place?
My studio is in a quiet residential area, away from the hustle and bustle.
Your session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soothing, ambient music and soft, dimmed lighting will welcome you to help you relax.

How will the therapist know what to do for me?
If this is your first time at élan, I will ask you to complete an intake form where you can identify your applicable medical history, medications, current concerns, and your objectives. Before your session, we will take time to discuss your needs and answer any questions that may arise.

Do I have to completely undress?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed (under a sheet and blanket). For a full body session, I encourage you to disrobe to your level of comfort; a female is encouraged to also remove her bra, so long strokes and techniques can be completed on her back for the best results. Removing panties/briefs is optional. If left on, and work is done on your lower back/hip area, the top border of your underwear will be tucked down slightly with the sheet, always maintaining your privacy.

Will the therapist be present when I disrobe?
I will leave the room while you take a sip of fresh water, undress, relax onto the warmed bed, and cover yourself with the clean sheet and blanket. I will knock and await your response before opening the door and returning to begin your session.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped (with a sheet and blanket) during the entire session to keep you warm and comfortable. As a legitimate, professional massage therapist, I assure you, your genitals or breasts, and any other areas you identify, will remain covered. Only the area worked on will be exposed, then re-covered.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back and hips, neck and shoulders, arms and hands, legs and feet, and head, including face, scalp, and occipital.

What will the bodywork feel like?
We begin your session with breathwork and visualization to encourage relaxation for the body, mind, and spirit. Relaxing Swedish massage is often the beginning technique, with broad, flowing strokes that help calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension. As your body becomes more relaxed, and based on your needs expressed in the pre-session interview, pressure and techniques will be incorporated to relax specific areas, relieve areas of muscular tension, and recalibrate/ balance areas of imbalance .

A light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. Whatever is placed ON your skin is absorbed INTO the skin, so quality, organic lotions are used.

Let me know right away if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Bodywork techniques are most effective when your body is not resisting. Our focus is on balance, allowing, inviting the muscles to relax and recalibrate.

What should I do during the session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about techniques or the upcoming session. During the session, make yourself comfortable. As we proceed through the session, I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes, focus on their breath, and completely relax. You are always welcome to communicate if/when you 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.

How will I feel after the session?
Most people feel calmer, relaxed, more open. 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, enhanced body-mind connection, and greater productivity that can last for days.

What are the benefits of bodywork?
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. Bodywork may also promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of balance and well-being.

Relax… this is YOUR time

Are there any medical conditions that would make bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before we begin your session, you provide your health background via the intake form, and subsequently, with updates to your health before each session. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is advised that you receive a “green light” for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

In a future post, I will discuss what makes élan different than the chain or spa settings.
Tune in, there’s more to come for your well-being!

I look forward to talking with you about bodywork and what it may do for you! Call soon to schedule your session!

For more information, visit: http://www.elanhealingarts.com/faqs.html

Renewal Massage

Your Time for Renewal

Sue Jacobs, élan Healing Arts

Phone 605.254.3665

Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

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1 Comment

  1. Nancy

    Very informative email Sue! And very accurate!

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