FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I do to prepare myself for a massage?
Most people prefer not to eat right before a massage or bodywork. It's best to eat an hour to a half-hour before your session. It's also best not to drink alcohol before or right after your session. If it's possible, take a hot shower right before your session as that will help warm up and relax your muscles. Then give yourself plenty of time to park and get to your session as rushing and running late will undoubtedly increase any tension and stress in your mind and body.
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. 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. In a Rosen Method session it's customary to wear under garments or sports attire, such as jogging shorts.
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 the clean cover sheet provided.
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 kind of lotions/oils do you use?
I'm currently using Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil. Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) is obtained in a separation process of coconut oil, wherein fatty acids and medium-chain triglycerides are isolated. FCO is liquid, colorless, odorless, non-greasy, and resists rancidity. It is light textured, penetrating, and non-staining. It also washes out of linens and clothes easily. Fractionated Coconut oil is highly stable with an indefinite shelf life if stored properly.
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. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort 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, pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
Do you do erotic bodywork?
NO. I believe that massage by nature is sensual. However, I do not offer erotic massage/bodywork. If that is what you seek please book with someone else who advertises the appropriate services 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). 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.
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. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage.
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.