Q: What can I expect during my first visit?
A: There will be some paperwork to fill out as well as a short interview to cover concerns and history. Arriving approximately 15 minutes prior to your appointment time will keep everyone on schedule.
Q: Who can benefit from massage and bodywork?
A: Everyone can benefit from some style of hands on healing. Touch is an under utilized form of therapy; and with an honest medical history discussion bodywork sessions can be tailored to suite everyone’s needs.
Q: What happens if I am not comfortable taking my clothes off?
A: This is not a problem. Muscles can be worked over the clothing. Wearing comfortable clothing and relaxing is all that is required. Utilizing a series of stretches and compressions muscles are able to release tension.
Q: What if I fall asleep?
A: It is okay! When the body and mind are relaxed it is common to fall asleep. It shows that you have fully allowed your body to do what it needs to do at that moment. Bodywork is just as effective whether you are asleep or awake.
Q: I am pregnant, is this safe for me and my baby?
A: Absolutely! Research has shown that regular massage during pregnancy improves the quality of life for both the mother and her baby. Those who receive massage throughout their pregnancy have reported easier labor and their newborns have shown improved health scores. If your pregnancy is high risk then it is advised that you talk to your medical doctor prior to adding any alternative therapies to your regime.
Q: Will massage counteract my medications?
A: When medications are involved it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor about any possible contraindications. While bodywork is generally safe some medications are most effective when they are left undisturbed in the body and since massage moves lymph and blood around it is always best to air on the side of caution.
Q: How long are sessions?
A: This is up to you. I offer sessions in increments of 30, 60, or 90 minutes.
Q: How long should I wait in between sessions?
A: The length of time between sessions is dependent on what is going on with your body. Everybody is different therefore each individual can discuss this with the therapist and together determine what will work best for you. The most common time frame is monthly but some clients find weekly or every other week most beneficial.
Q: What should I expect after the session?
A: You will need to drink extra water. Bodywork will release toxins from within your body and if enough water is not consumed then a tired or achy feeling may occur the next day. If you feel any adverse effects then a hot shower or an Epsom Salts bath will help alleviate these symptoms. Some clients also feel a sense of deep relaxation and inability to focus right away. This is normal as blood pressure and sugar can drop during bodywork; do not try to drive immediately. Take time to allow your body to equalize. We have a space to enjoy a cup of tea before returning to the outside world.