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 at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
**I do not, regardless if written consent to waive draping is given, massage any client without being draped.
How Long Will The Session Last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
What Should I Do During The Massage Or Bodywork Session?
Make yourself comfortable. I 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. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask me questions about massage in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.
(Usually need a referral from a medical professional)
· Pain that is local, sharp, dull, achy, deep and or surface (Not in that area)
· Inflammation (Not in that area)
· Lumps and Tissue changes (Not in that area)
· Rashes and changes in the skin (Not in that area)
· Severe Edema
· Severe Infection
· Changes in habits such as appetite elimination or sleep
· Bleeding and bruising
· Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
· Infectious Skin Diseases
· Local or systemic infections
· Cardiac conditions
· Blood clots
· Varicose Veins (Not in that area)
· Acute stage pneumonia
· Advanced kidney failure
· Advanced respiratory failure
· Diabetes with complications (e.g. Gangrene)
· Eclampsia is toxemia in pregnancy
Temperature of the skin either hot or cold (Not in that area)
· Liver Failure
· Post cerbrovascular accident (CVA, stroke)
· Post myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack)
· Severe atherosclerosis
· Severe hypertension
· Shock (all types)
· Significant fever (above 101 F. / 38.3 C.)
· Systemic contagious/infectious condition
· And many more…
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, I the massage therapist ask general health questions. 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 strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session (If you have any doubts). I may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
What Are The Possible Side-Effects From A Massage?
· Soreness, it’s like an aerobic workout for the muscles (Usually a day or two after the massage and usually not after every massage)
· Flu like symptoms (Drink a lot of water after the massage)
· Headache (Massage is a diuretic and it depletes the body of water)
· Bring up old pain (Pain from a accident a year ago or more)
· Nausea or Dizziness (Move slow after the massage)
· Blood pressure can rise or lower after the massage (Get up slow after your massage)
· Possible bruising (If you are low in iron…it can happen), also arms and any boney areas are more prone to it
· If you are diabetic, your blood sugar could raise or lower after the massage
Recommendations After A Massage
· Keep moving after the massage (A body in motion stays in motion)
· Drink extra water (Double of what you are use to taking in) and alcohol, coffee and pop does not count
· Take a hot bath or shower (Helps hydrate the muscles)
· Stretching (You could stiffen up after your massage if this is not followed)
· Ingesting 1000 mg of vitamin C per day may prevent or at least reduce muscle soreness. Similar reports seem to result from the ingestion of vitamin E.
· Detox bath consisting of 1-cup epsom salt, 1-cup sea salt and 1-cup baking soda (This will eliminate detox symptoms such as headaches and fatigue).