Will My Massage or Bodywork Session Take Place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable,
quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on
a table especially designed for your comfort.
Who Will Perform the Massage or Bodywork?
If you have located your massage therapist through Massagetherapy.com's online referral service, you can be sure your session will be conducted by a professional
who has received proper training. All 80,000+ practitioners on Massagetherapy.com's online referral service
are members of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
(ABMP). As a condition
of membership, ABMP verifies the training and credentials of every one
of its practitioners. Some massage and bodywork practitioners are licensed
by the state, while others are locally regulated. Although no two massages
are exactly alike, you may request a certain technique or modality. You
may also request your preference of a male or female therapist.
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 or towel.
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?
You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session.
This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical
full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands,
head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals
(male or female) or breasts (female).
What Will the Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?
It depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form
of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. 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. 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.
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, posture and movement
re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask
the practitioner about the methods he or she uses.
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. Hot tubs, steam baths
and saunas can assist in the relaxation process.
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 the practitioner.
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
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. Click here
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Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage or Bodywork
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. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval
from your doctor.