What is bodywork vs. massage?
Bodywork is considered any modalities that utilizes techniques that manually manipulates the body including traditional massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care.
What should I expect during a bodywork session?
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Who will perform the massage or bodywork?
Your session will be conducted by a licensed professional who has had extensive training in New York State and is currently licensed and following all of the regulations and guidelines according to New York State Office of Professions. Each practitioner is required by state law to keep up on their continuing education credits so they are constantly learning a variety of skills, modalities and techniques.
Must I be completely disrobed?
Many massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client completely disrobed; however, you are ultimately able to decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will ALWAYS be properly draped during the session.
Please check with your practitioner to discuss options and whether or not the need for you to be disrobed is necessary.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will not be in the room while you disrobe. This is your time to acclimate to your surroundings, disrobe to your comfort level, relax onto the table and cover yourself with the sheet and blanket.
Will I be covered during the entire 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 worked on or addressed?
You and the practitioner will have a conversation to discuss the goals and desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of the body will require bodywork. You will never be touched on or near any genital areas or breast area. If you would prefer your hands, feet, face, head, etc not to be touched please indicate that in your discussion with your practitioner.
How long does a typical massage session last?
This relies mainly on what you need to get out of the session. The average session is 60 minutes, however 30 minutes all the way through 2 hour sessions are available depending on the goals you set out for the session.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will gently move you or tell you how to move safely to where you need to be. Many people simply close their eyes and do not speak. Other people talk. Please do what you find comfortable – this is YOUR session. Do not be afraid to fall asleep. The practitioner will protect you and keep you safe. Quite often the body needs to shut down to recharge itself, creating a healthier and more vibrant YOU.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
A variety of feelings can occur. Some feel relaxed. Some feel more mobility. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains. Some feel increased energy, clarity and greater productivity.
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 muscle tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. They are also know to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create and overall sense of well-being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork contraindicated?
Yes there are! It is imperative to tell your practitioner what is going on before the session starts so that they may determine if you can proceed with your appointment. It is very important that you disclose everything that you are experiencing. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any series of sessions.