Monday, April 8, 2013

What Questions Should You Ask Your Massage Therapists?

"It is better to be safe than be sorry."
- Blaise Pascal    

Feel Free to Ask...
Today, with the advent of so many franchise spa and wellness clinic, massage has become accessible to everyone! This has lead to the average individual realizing and understanding the benefits and importance of Massage Therapy to our overall health and well-being! As they begin to go for regular massages, they have really taken a great step not just to pamper their body, but to soothe thy souls as well! However, since many of them is new, they may have a lot of questions for their chosen Massage Therapist.  Which is actually a good thing! This is an opportunity for the therapists to educate their clients! Read on for some questions that you may want to ask your Massage Therapist. It is always good to ask!
1. Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? If it is an out-call, make your place as comfortable to you as possible. You need not modify it for me. Otherwise, your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room in my affiliate clinic. There will be soft music in the background to help you relax. You will lie on a massage table especially designed for your comfort. Eitherway, a massage table, massage oil, cream or lotion, and massage sheet or towels for draping are provided. If you choose to bring your own oil/lotion or sheet, that is fine too!
2. Must I be completely undressed? (See also: Questions 3 and 4) Dry massage, like most Eastern modalities (i.e. Thai or Shitsu) are done with the client wearing loose comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement. Lubricated massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. Undress to your level of comfort, you will be properly draped during the entire session. Your modesty is at utmost importance to me. I have been doing massage for quite awhile and it is almost 0% chance that I may accidentally expose you during the treatment.
3. Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe? No I will not be. I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
4. Will I be covered during the session? Yes you will be. I strictly practice professional draping to all of my clients to maintain boundaries. 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 choose to be minimally draped, or to not be draped at all, I will respect your idea of finding serenity and peace in our own way. It is independent of my professional practice of allowing you to choose, but since in general, nudity has very little acceptance in our society, and even illegal in some states, I would have to ask you to sign a waiver. (See also: Question 5)
5. What parts of my body will be massaged? A typical full-body session will include work on your back, glutes, abdomen, arms, hands, legs, feet, head, neck, shoulders, chest, face, and scalp! You can customized the order according to your needs and I can skip the areas you don't want to have work done. The female breast and the genitalia is NOT included in the massage, even if you choose to sign the waiver in Question 4. The massage will always be Therapeutic in Nature and not in any way, sensuous/sensual/sexual in nature.

6. What will the massage or bodywork feel like? A therapeutic Swedish massage is often a baseline for most of my client. A session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax more superficial muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, I will add pressure that gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension -based on your own tolerance of course. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. But they are not necessarily a prerequisite if you choose an Eastern Modality. You should communicate immediately to me, if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when you are not resisting.

7. Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork? There are more than 100 in existence today, and they are increasing as practitioners develope their own! These various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. I am willing to discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you after an intake.
8. What should I do during the massage or bodywork session? Before the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). If no help from you is necessary, just close their eyes and completely relax, communicate if/when you 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 and speak up me anytime.
9. How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session? Majority of my client states that they are 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. Since waste metabolites are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you remain properly hydrated following your massage.
10. What are the benefits of massage and bodywork? They 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.
11. Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable? Yes, there are many. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, I ask general health questions. 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, I strongly advise that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, I may require approval from your primary health provider.
12. Do you have any applicable cancellation Policy? Cancellation Policy: do understand that unanticipated events can happen occasionally in everyone’s life. It is my desire to be effective and fair to all clients, I enforce the follwing policies: 24 hour advance notice is required when cancelling an appointment. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to give me 24 hours advance notice you will NOT be charged the full amount of your appointment, it is okay, but please don't expect to be rescheduled based on your convenience, time-slots may not be available. Following appointment should be rescheduled based on my availability, if you wish to use this service once again. Multiple cancellation without 24 hours notice of your appointments will eliminate you from making any more future scheduling.
13. What are the housecalls service requirements and procedures? I have been an advocate to my client as always and I advise that you see me in my afffiliate clinic, where you can get more bang for your bucks. But if you have trouble ambulating (getting from one point to the other), requires more time to recuperate after a massage session, lives more than 25 miles from my affiliate clinic, or you want an Eastern Modality that is not offered there, then you may go here to book an appointment with me. My private practice has always been mobile/ out-calls.

There are so many questions that you may have for your Massage Therapist, especially. These are just some of the most commons questions, so might have some of your own. For any type of question you have, we your Massage Therapists prefer if you just go ahead and ask it. That way, we can get your concerns and goals addressed quickly and appropriately so you can go ahead and hop on to our treatment table for the complete enjoyment of your massage.
- Leo Feraer-Oporto     

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