FAQ’s

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm and comfortable room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

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 and blanket.

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, gluteals, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders.

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 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. 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 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.

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 days.

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?

Yes. That;s why it is imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioners 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 the any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

 

“As a physical therapist, I have always been pretty particular when it comes to massage therapists.  I like to feel that the massage I’m getting is therapeutic, targeted to help address a specific muscular problem that I am having.  Maggie is the best massage therapist I have ever gone to.  She listens to my preferences and is able to deliver the perfect amount of pressure.  I was having a problem in my thoracic spine, and when I described what I needed she provided exactly what I was looking for.  She has a unique gift to be able to feel the tissues and address the needs of the body.  You can expect a very clean, safe, comfortable, relaxing and therapeutic experience.  I have recommended Maggie to my patients who are in need of a massage.  She is truly gifted.”

Thais Mollet

“Maggie’s healing touch and excellent understanding of body mechanics has done wonders in alleviating the stress and tension in my body. She is able to pinpoint and melt away the knots, leaving me absolutely rejuvenated.

I appreciate that she is terrific listener. She extracts cues from our conversations then hones in on areas that need attention with a variety of deep tissue manipulations, gentle kneading movements, stretching strokes, etc. The massages always feel like they are personalized for my needs.

Give Maggie a try, you will not regret it. “

Ting Hammond

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