How should I prepare for my treatment?
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will allow us access to your body.
Be sure to eat a snack or small meal an hour or two before your appointment.
If possible, avoid strenuous activity or exercise after your treatment.
Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine before and after.
Do drink plenty of water before and after your treatment.
What does the treatment consist of?
Together we will review your medical history, health concerns, appropriate orthopedic testing, and current medications, including a discussion of your main concern and any related areas that may help get a clear picture of your current and past health history.
You will be asked to undress to your comfort level for your massage. Whether face up or down, you can expect to always be comfortable. There are many ways a massage therapist can adjust with pillows, bolsters, and draping to make you more comfortable to accomodate your body's size and range of motion. Please know that when you are face down that your sinuses may act up after 15 to 20 minutes, so please communicate clearly with your practitioner. During your treatment lotion or oil is used to reduce friction during the massage, make sure to communicate any allergies you may have. Bodywork works on various levels in the tissues, so clients are encouraged to provided feedback on pressure.
What about after?
As with most modalities, the effects vary among individuals and is based on your sensitivity as well as the treatment strategy itself. Muscular pain and tension should be decreased and similar to other forms of bodywork you may continue to feel the work unravel tensions up to 24-48 hours after the session. It is always good to drink extra water or if you enjoy baths, take an Epsom salt bath after your treatment. Your practitioner will make a professional recommendation for a treatment plan, potentially including self-care, as follow up work may be needed and regular treatments are encouraged every 4-6 weeks to maintain your body's innate wellness.