Are there any conditions that would make massage, bodywork or training inadvisable?
Yes! If you are under a doctor's care for any chronic condition or orthopedic issue, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required. At your first session, the practitioner will ask general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If any of the conditions below apply to you, it is recommended that your get written doctor approval before your session.
Massage, Bodywork & Personal Training is contraindicated for the following conditions without a doctors approval.
Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Personal Training:
If you have answered YES to one or more of the above questions, consult your physician before engaging in physical activity. Tell your physician which questions you answered YES to. After medical evaluation, seek advice from your physician on what type of activity is suitable for your current condition. Written approval will be required before training.
What is Myofascial Bodywork? Myofascial Bodywork addresses body's soft tissue structural support system. Using techniques that influence the nervous system, it strives to balance the body's tengrisity/anti-gravity system and length-tension relationship of muscles. Slow Myofascial release techniques break up adhesions and encourage hydration to promote tissue glide, while neuromuscular techniques reset the body's proprioceptors.
What is Corrective Exercise? Corrective Exercise is a subset of personal training that addresses the strength side of the body's strength/length relationship. By strategically strengthening weak or inhibited postural muscles, while stretching their opposers/antagonists you can help your body better support it's structure. Stability and Balance work help retrain your propriception to learn healthier and more efficient movement patterns. Corrective exercise is appropriate for those who have been released from Physical Therapy or who want to reduce their chance of injury.
What should I wear? Please wear clothes you can comfortably move in. If this is your 1st appointment, stretchy fitted athletic clothing will enable the most accurate assessment. Athletic apparel is also recommended if you'd like to integrate corrective exercise or personal training into your session. For tabletop massage, you may choose to undress to your level of comfort. It is helpful to have access to skin for myofascial work, but athletic underclothes are encouraged for range of motion work.
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 massage? If you undress, 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, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Many postural patterns are rooted in flexion patterns of the chest and hips, so with permission, the chest muscles, glutes and pelvis may be worked through the sheet. More time may be spent on some areas more than others depending on your treatment goals.
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. Treatment work will often involve moving a limb or body part into a specific position, while having the client assist with light movement. Some manual therapies used will be go gently that it almost feels like we're doing nothing, although the client often feels a wave of relaxation or warm/cool sensations similar to accupuncture. Other techniques are more direct, but should always be in a "pain-free" zone. 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. Abbie typically works through fascia layers by coupling her knowledge of postural patterns and movement mechanics with a collection of manual therapy techniques including neuromuscular techniques, muscle energy techniques, trigger point work, light-touch ligament stimulation, myoskeletal alignment technique and advanced myofascial release.
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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Approximately 25% of clients who receive fascia treatment or deeper work may experience soreness ~12-24 hours after the massage. It will usually abate after a few hours as your body adjusts to your "new normal," but can last up to 2-3 days. At your next visit, please advise your therapist about how your body responded to your last session.
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. Learn more on our Benefits of Therapeutic Massage Page.
Is Pregnancy Massage different?Most expecting mothers will benefits greatly from massage. However, due to how pregnancy affects the body, there are some differences and contraindications for massage of expecting mothers. Please consult with your doctor before scheduling your massage. Mother's in their 1st trimester will require a prescription. Due to increased blood flow and potential for blood clots, some massage strokes may be contraindicated, Finally, pregnancy massage is most often conducted in a sidelying position. Your therapist will explain the positioning at your first appointment.
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. For massage, you will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.