Therapeutic Massage & Foot Reflexology
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Massage Therapy - FAQ'S



 

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?
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?


Note: These answers address a Therapeutic Massage session. To learn more about what to expect during a Foot Massage/Reflexology treatment, please click on "What is Foot Reflexology."

Where will my massage session take place?
Your therapeutic massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a massage table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most therapeutic massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. 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.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, shoulders, head, neck, arms, hands, legs and feet.

What will the massage 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 relieve deeper layers of muscular tension. A light massage lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lotion also helps hydrate your skin. It is important that you 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.


What should I do during the massage session?
Prior to your treatment establish with the massage therapist what you need most from your 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 your massage or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage session?
Most people feel deeply relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term muscle aches 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. Realize that the benefits of massage therapy tend to be cumulative, so increasingly, you will feel improved health and a deeper sense of wellbeing as you get additional massages.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension, improve circulation, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of wellbeing.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. It is important that you inform the massage therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you inform your physician about your intention to receive massage or bodywork before scheduling an appointment with the massage therapist. Depending on the condition, written approval from your doctor may be required.

Cancer patients are best treated by practioners who are specially trained in oncology massage and who know what areas to avoid and which kind of massage is appropriate. To find an oncology massage therapist, go to http://www.massagetherapy.com and click on "find a massage therapist."

 

Lorraine "Lori" Sparks
State Certified Massage Therapist
& Foot Reflexology Practitioner
California Massage Therapy Council
CAMTC Certified/License #6671
Office:
Sixth Street Prof. Bldg.
1454 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone:
510.384.5027
By Appt. Only

 

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