Krave Therapeutic Massage

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Freq Asked Questions

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 session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort with an adjustable face rest and a heat option.

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 therapist be present when I disrobe?
No, the therapist will always leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.  She will knock before re-entering the room to make sure you are covered and ready on the table.

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.  If you feel too warm, the blanket can be removed and you will still be covered by the sheet.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, neck, pecs, glutes, scalp and face.  Please note that I always sanitize my hands before touching your face, I try to minimize the amount of lotion/oil that contacts your hair and scalp, and your pecs and glutes are usually worked over the sheet.  Please let the me know if you have any areas that you would like me to avoid.  Note: If you would like your stomach/abdominals massaged, you will need to specifically request it.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Your session may start with some compression over the sheet, then 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.  I will check in with you on the level of pressure.  Please make sure you are not afraid to speak up if you would like more or less pressure.  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, and the therapist will integrate all the modalities that she feels will be best for you, thus giving you a personalized therapeutic massage.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The therapist will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session.  Most therapists prefer you not to try to help unless asked and suggest you to be like a rag doll or spaghetti. Many people just close their eyes and 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, please 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. Sometimes you will feel a little sore from the session, depending on the level of pressure you prefer or need.  Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage, this will help keep you from getting sore and help flush the toxins that were released during your session out of your system.  Along with drinking water, it is also a very good idea to take an epsom salt bath following your session, as it will help draw out the toxins that have been released.

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, alleviate migraines and headaches, and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why before we begin your session, general health questions are asked and before your first session you will be required to fill out a new client intake form.  It is very important that you inform your therapist 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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