Massage Therapy by Patti
Frequently Asked Questions

*Please Note:  A draping/covering is required at all times; 
NO "sensual," "erotic" or any otherwise sexual massage service is offered.

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

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room.  Quiet, calming music is played according to your preference.  You will lie on a table designed for your comfort. (*The table can be heated according to preference.)

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed.  You may undress completely or keep on your underwear; it is up to your level of comfort.  It is highly suggested that women remove the bra in order to receive maximum quality of back/shoulder/neck work.  You will be properly and modestly draped/covered during the entire session, except for the specific area receiving work.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
I will be outside the room while you disrobe and relax onto the table, covering yourself with a clean sheet/blanket provided.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped/covered at all times.  Only the area receiving work will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A full-body session will include work on your neck, shoulders, full back, legs (including glutes), feet, arms, hands, head & face; a minor amount of abdomen relaxation is sometimes included, through the draping, toward the end of session, time permitting.  All is according to your own preference.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. 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 your preference) in order to further relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. An organic, refined (no scent), non-allergenic coconut oil is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.  In addition, a mild, non-allergenic lotion is also sometimes used.  (Alternatives can be discussed if so desired.) 
You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort at any point during your session so that another approach may be taken.
Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

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, rocking movement, stretching, 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 any questions about technique/s or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable.  I will sometimes gently move body parts throughout the session (such as lifting an arm, etc.).  There is never a need for you to "help" move anything, allowing for complete relaxation of all muscles. (Again, the work is most effective when your muscles are not engaged at all.)  Most people just close their eyes and completely relax (sometimes even falling asleep, which is fine), communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, more or less warmth, or anything else relevant to the session.  If you have any questions/comments regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, always feel free to ask/comment.

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 different amounts of time... for some, even days.  Since toxins are said to be released from soft tissue during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your session to help prevent a headache (though this is not common).

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.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
There could be.  It is important that before you begin your session, you let me know about your general health.  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.  Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
                                                                                                                                          

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