Frequently Asked Questions
What if I feel “under the weather” before the massage?
Covid has changed some things but, regarding massage, it’s always been the same; If you have SYMPTOMS of ANY sickness that is communicable through the air or touch please reschedule. While getting an occasional cold or flu is inevitable, It's important for me to avoid the possibility of getting others sick.
What do I wear?
Men should be prepared to dress down to shorts or underwear. For women please be prepared to dress down to a sports bra (the less surface area the back strap takes the better) or a regular bra.
Will it hurt?
While some techniques and depth may illicit pain it is not necessarily the goal, and communication is very important. The sensations you feel should be observed and will provide markers on a roadmap during our session. Pain that is intense enough to cause you to hold or shorten your breath should be avoided as it can counteract the goals of the session. If this type of pain arises, we will adjust as needed to avoid it.
What is communication like during the session?
At baseline, I’ll occasionally be asking you for feedback about what you’re observing in your body, sometimes for movement, and to provide explanations for some of the techniques. Both of our breathing is important, and I’ll ask you for focus on different types of breathing at different points, which will limit how much focus you can put into general conversation. But general conversation is sometimes important too and it will happen.
How often should I get a massage?
As often as possible (but also see "When should I not get a massage" below), but for this type of massage what you experience after the massage while using your body in your everyday life is just as important as the massage itself. You’ll want to spend at least a few days integrating changes and observing new experiences in movement. Typically, clients who are just starting their journey with me schedule weekly. Most clients that are just attempting to maintain their current level will come every 2 weeks. Ultimately, it’s up to you and what you feel is best for your body.
How will I feel after my massage session?
Post session effects can vary but immediately after the session be prepared to take a short walk and spend some time reintegrating into your body, especially before driving. Because of the long periods of time lying down, the increased circulation, and the soft tissue changes, you may feel a little “off” and you’ll want to “test” yourself out before operating heavy machinery. This usually just takes a few minutes of movement and normal breathing.
What can I do on my own to help the effects last longer?
Move and observe how it feels! Movement, within your range of pain and comfort, is the best supplement for the work. Our work together will include introducing/reintroducing your body to different options for movement and refinement of the proprioceptive sense, so it’s important to reinforce this by using the movements as often as possible. Whether it be through exercise, sport, stretching or working in the garden, just move. Diet is extremely important as well, as some foods can actually cause more inflammation and exacerbate your symptoms. If you have questions about what works best for you, I suggest speaking with a nutrition professional. Also, drink water.
When should I not get a massage?
In general, there are a few conditions that would prevent you from getting a massage. Of course, do not schedule an appointment if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, cold, or a skin condition that is contagious. The first trimester of pregnancy is generally considered off-limits for massage, as are active chemotherapy or other intensive medical treatments. If you have a serious medical condition and you are unsure if a massage would be safe for you, I recommend that you speak with your primary care provider to get approval first.