Sound Massage Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the massage therapist be present when I undress?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage?
What should I do during the massage session?
How will I feel after the massage session?
What are the benefits of massage?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?

Where will my massage session take place?
We provide a comfortable massage table equipped with a heated table pad and clean sheets for you to lie on that can be adjusted to fit your desired comfort level. Your massage session will take place in a warm, quiet room and soft music will be played to help you relax.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the patient unclothed. It makes the therapist's job easier as well as improving the effectiveness of your session. We do require you to unclothe, however, it is entirely up to you if you'd like to keep your undergarments on. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

Will the massage therapist be present when I undress?
The massage therapist will leave the room while you undress in order to get ready. We will provide you plently of time to undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with the clean sheet and blanket. When the massage therapist is ready for you, they will knock and ask if you're ready before entering the room.

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 will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, scalp, neck, and shoulders. However, if you want specific areas of the body worked on more than others, the massage therapist will accommodate those requests to the best of their ability in the timeframe allowed. 

What will the massage feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for patients. 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. A light oil 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 is most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, 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 session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the massage therapist any questions about the techniques or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The massage therapist 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 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.

What are the benefits of massage?
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 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 inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the massage therapist asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the massage therapist 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 prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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