Zensations Healing Touch & Massage 517-740-2215

Frequently 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 massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client mostly unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You will be covered with a sheet and/or a blanket for warmth and privacy. You should undress to your level of comfort. Be aware that although your therapist will always give you the best service that they can, working through layers of clothing make it more difficult for the therapist to identify issues and therefore reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. This is less of an issue with many types of energy work. In all instances you will be properly draped during the entire session.

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 or towel.

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.

How do I know what type of massage or bodywork I need? 
Most people need a combination of more than one discipline or service. Your physician may specify the type of service. Your therapist will be able to assist you in selecting the best service. 

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. However the practitioner may adjust your massage based upon your preferences and the issues your body is having.  

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. 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. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

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 do I prepare for my massage? 
To receive the maximum benefit from your session, you may want to warm up and relax your muscles first – with a warm shower or gentle stretching or yoga. it is recommended you drink plenty of water in the 6-12 hours prior to your massage to help hydrate your muscles and other tissue.You will want to wear comfortable clothing when you leave because you will be very relaxed. If possible, it is best to schedule your massage after any heavy or strenuous work that you must do. 

How will it feel? 
If the therapist works in an area of injury or chronic pain, you may experience discomfort for a few moments. Your therapist will work with you to reach your comfort level by adjusting the pressure or technique to allow a relaxing session. it is recommended you drink plenty of water in the 6-12 hours prior to your massage.

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.

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.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking even if you think they are minor or unrelated. 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.

Why do I need to drink water after a massage? 
Water helps remove toxins that have been released. Water will facilitate the increase in circulation as well. Since your muscles are more than 90% water, they need the water for continued cellular metabolism to keep them in your newly relaxed state!

How often should I have a massage or bodywork treatment? 
This will depend upon your current health status and your need or reasons for massage. You may require frequent visits if you are a competitive athlete, recovering from an injury, on your feet in a stressful position, or suffering from certain chronic illnesses. You may enjoy a massage every 4 to 8 weeks if you are in good health, or want to treat yourself. For optimum health benefits, a massage once each month is great!

 

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