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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage can decrease stress, tension, and anxiety.  It can relieve the discomforts and pain often associated with pregnancy, including low back pain and postural discomfort.  It also helps to decrease  swelling of the hands and feet by speeding up venous and lymph circulation. Prenatal massage can increase circulation and  improve internal respiration.  It can also assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays. Massage also promotes tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.  Should you pass your due date, prenatal massage can be used to stimulate and induce labor.

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.

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a serene, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. 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.

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 a clean sheet.

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 parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session (1 hr. or more) will include work on your arms, hands, stomach, face, neck, shoulders, legs, feet, back and buttocks (buttocks are worked on through the sheet).  A Cayce/Reilly massage also includes the gentle vibration of organs and range of motion to all extremities. 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing massage is often a baseline for clients. In general your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension.  Often, 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. 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.  The pressure can be adjusted to your needs.

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, vibration, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate 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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

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.  Please see the the clinical forms page.

What if I am using a Groupon?
Groupon clients are welcome and appreciated.  You must provide your Groupon Voucher number (located below the bar code) when scheduling your appointment.  Only one Groupon may be used per client and are generally used by new clients. Cannot have visited the salon within the last 12 months. 

Should I tip my therapist?
Gratuities are not included in the service price.  Although not required, gratuities are greatly appreciated and are generally between 15-20% of your service value.  If receiving a promotional discount, gratuities are typically calculated on the original price.

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