What are the benefits of massage?
Massage can help relieve chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental/physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure. Massage 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 inadvisable?
Yes, which is why it is imperative 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 or approval for massage or bodywork prior to any session. (Forms are available for your doctor, if needed.)
What about clothing and draping?
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed. However, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. Your therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table and cover yourself with a clean sheet. You will be properly draped with a sheet during the entire session to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. There are also fully-clothed options in Tui Na and chair massage.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Your therapist will discuss your muscular and emotional needs prior to your session, so that they can create the most healthy and comfortable outcome of your massage. This will determine which parts of your body require more massage and particular attention. A typical full body massage session will include work on your head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs and feet. Christie offers integrated massage, which incorporates all of her techniques into one massage. Because each person is different, she customizes your massage to fit your individual health needs. In addition, as your body changes, her massage technique will evolve to meet your needs from massage to massage. If you feel a certain area needs more attention, please mention this at the beginning of your massage, so that extra time can be spent on that area or technique.
Will oil be used?
A light lotion will be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin, unless you choose a clothed technique, such as Tui Na or chair massage.
Will different techniques be used?
In an integrated full body oil massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes which will help calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension. As your body relaxes, additional pressure and techniques will be applied gradually to relax specific areas of tension, always within your comfort level.
How long will the session last?
Many people prefer a 60 or 90 minute massage for optimal relaxation and tension release. Whenever possible, allow yourself additional relaxation time after your session. Half-hour sessions are also available, but only allow time for a partial massage, such as the back half of the body or a specific area.
What should I do when I arrive?
Make yourself comfortable and remember your massage is for relaxation and release of tension. Be sure to turn off your cell phone. This time belongs to you and nobody else. Take your time. Relax and enjoy.
What should I do during my massage?
Nothing! Your therapist will gently move your body parts, such as lifting your arm. If necessary, they will tell you what is needed during the session. Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. For some people, talking can be a release of stress, but others wish to enjoy quiet and focus within. And some people even prefer to take a nap. Your needs will always be respected. Remember, this time is yours!
How will I feel after the massage?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed over their lives. After an initial period of feeling slowed down and relaxed, people often experience a general calm state, increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity, which can last for days. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water and allow time for your body to relax after a session.
What if I’m pregnant?
Please refer to the Prenatal page of this website.