Got Questions? I've Got Answers

Do I have to be an athlete to come here?

Absolutely not.

I work with a lot of athletes because I spent many years as one myself. I understand the competitor’s mindset, I have had my fair share of injuries, and know what it is like to come back from them.

I also enjoy working with people from all different walks of life. If there is something that I may be able to help you with, let me know what it is so we can get it resolved.

What is Bodywork? Is that different than massage?

Massage is one form of bodywork. I combine massage with fascial stretching, triggerpoint therapy, structural integration, Active Isolated Stretching, and anything else that will help me customize the most effective solution for you.

You could go to a therapist who uses the same technique on everyone, but why would you? Would you take your car to a mechanic who only used one wrench?

Do I have to take my clothes off?

That depends on two things. First, is your level of comfort. You should undress to the level you are comfortable. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that’s fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session

The second factor, is the type of bodywork you are getting. Triggerpoint work, A.I.S.S., and Zen Bodytherapy are done with the client most commonly wearing gym attire, athletic shorts for men, and shorts and a sports bra for women.

If you are unsure about any of this, or have further questions, please ask.

Do I have to be covered by a sheet/blanket?

The short answer: Yes

Massage clients who undress for their session are required to be draped, or covered. This not only ensures that you are not exposed, but also that you are relaxed and kept warm for your session. If it is too hot, or too cold, let your therapist know. Every attempt will be made to ensure your comfort.

Can I talk during my session?

Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss.
In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.

The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you – speak up! It’s OK!

Do we have to listen to frogs and flutes?

No we do not.

For classic relaxation treatments like “The Vintage” a very mellow soothing soundtrack is usually in order. Other forms of bodywork that are not dependent on the bliss factor, have a little more freedom. Some clients like jazz, a few are partial to Pink Floyd, let me know if you have any requests. It is your treatment after all.

Will it be painful?

Pain is different for everyone. Many people come to see me because they are in pain already. Some forms of bodywork may be a little intense. Sometimes there is some discomfort. However, you should never be so uncomfortable that your body clenches or you find yourself holding your breath. At any time, if you would like less or more pressure, do not be afraid to speak up. The key to having a good bodywork experience is communication.

What if I have to go to the bathroom?

Sometimes Nature calls unexpextedly.

It is a good idea to use the restroom before your session begins. In the event you have to interrupt your session to use the facilities, just say so. I will leave the room and let you do your thing. It is right next to the massage room. I even keep an extra sheet on hand to wrap yourself in if you would like.

What if I get an erection?

Sometimes it happens. Yet, many men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed.

Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection.

An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue.

Should I do anything special afterward?

Immediately after your session is finished, it is not unusual to feel a little bit out of sorts. Get up slowly. After getting ready, if you still feel lightheaded or a little off, let me know. There are some things we can do to bring you back to Earth.

I suggest drinking plenty of water unless there is a medical reason not to, soaking in an epsom salt or detox bath solution, and getting a good night’s sleep. If you have any questions, or something seems like it is not right, please contact me.

How often should I get bodywork?

As often as possible!

Seriously, as often as you would like. For injury treatment or chronic issues, a lot of people come in once or twice a week. If there is a performance goal you are trying to reach, weekly sessions, or at least every other week, are recommended for best results. As injuries heal, and flexibility increases, it is not unusual to shift to a monthly maintenance schedule to stay on top of things.

In the end, it is up to you and what you find works best for you.

When should I not get bodywork?

There are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection. That’s it.

There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn’t mean you can’t get massage. But its always better to err on the side of caution.
Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.

Should I get bodywork before or after an event?

YES!

There are benefits to both pre and post event bodywork. I have even worked on clients during events, and it shows up on the podium. If you have questions about how this might pertain to your specific sport or situation, let me know. I’d be happy to discuss it with you.

Isn't massage just for relaxation?

Massage is definitely effective for relaxation, but that is not all it is good for.

Professional bodywork can be an excellent choice for injury treatment, pain management, addressing postural deviations, and much more.

Isn't massage just for rich people?

That is a misconception that is fortunately becoming less and less common. Why should only rich people get to experience stress relief, pain relief, and the quality of life that comes with receiving regular bodywork? While pretty much everything has gotten more expensive over time, massage prices haven’t changed much. Bodywork for the people!

Can children get bodywork?

Absolutely.

My son started getting massage as an infant. As children get older, and get more athletic, there is even more reason to consider bodywork for younger people. Any minor child will have to have a parent or guardian sign a consent form. If desired, a parent or guardian may stay in the room during the session. They are required to be in the room for anyone under sixteen years of age.

What if I have to cancel/reschedule my appointment?

Please let me know as soon as possible. Time is valuable for all of us. I do require 24 hours notice, or you will be owe half of the cost of your appointment. A no show will be charged full price for the missed appointment.

I don't see a day or time that works for me on the schedule

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right day or time that works for your situation. If nothing is available on the online scheduler, please contact me and I will do my best to make something work for you.