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Frequently Asked Questions

Must I be completely undressed?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like/what will be massaged?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Must I be completely undressed?
Our bodywork techniques do not require disrobing; it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. However, thick fabrics like denims, leather belts,etc.  should be avoided. You should undress to your level of comfort. Only the parts of your body that you communicate experience pain will be worked. You will be properly Clothed /covered during the entire session.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
Once you communicate your pain issue, or demonstrate the area you feel pain/discomfort/lack of movement in, the therapist will quickly identify and isolate only the muscle involved in the pain pattern. It is not uncommon for the muscles responsible for producing your pain to be quite far from that actual point of pain. The therapist will be in continual communication to ensure your pain is properly addressed. 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Trigger Point work is unlike traditional relaxation massage. Most often there is no oil needed and there is not much movement involved. Trigger Points most successfully resolve via a 90 second direct pressure hold. This will produce discomfort for the first 20 to 30 seconds which falls off quickly and progressively from 30 to 90 seconds. Clients often communicate that they feel a "melting", "softening" or "burst of warmth". This is fresh blood arriving to the trigger point site and the tissue that formed the trigger begins to "open-up" or "soften up" or "dissolve". You should communicate immediately if you feel the discomfort is not tolerable, so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
It is critical to increase your water intake over the first 24-48 hours to help your body recover and remove toxins which were likely liberated during the massage. Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience soreness during first 24 to 48 hours, like they worked out too hard. This is completely natural and if you consider the constant nagging pain the trigger point produced to cause you to seek treatment, it is only natural that there will be soreness as we encourage the body to free itself of the trigger point. 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.

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.

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