Where will my massage take place?

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

Must I be completely undressed?

The classic Swedish techniques are performed with the client unclothed and covered by both a sheet and blanket. Only the part of the body that is being worked on will be exposed, with proper draping to preserve modesty at all times.

However, Tracy is also versed in both Shiatsu and CranioSacral Therapy, which are traditionally performed with the client fully clothed. If you prefer this approach please wear loose, stretchy clothing like you would wear to the gym (no jeans).

You should undress to your level of comfort. Your wellness goals can be achieved whether you disrobe or stay clothed.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?

Tracy will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

A typical full-body session can include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. The session can be tailored to concentrate on areas you want to have addressed. You can discuss this before you start.

Will it hurt?

Tracy’s goal is to achieve the best results in a pain free manner where you can relax and enjoy the full benefits of the massage. Once in a while there may be a sensation that is a little more intense. With the deep presses in Shiatsu you may feel an ache that “hurts so good.” Occasionally in Swedish there will be a knot or adhesion in the muscle that is tender as it is worked out. CranioSacral is extremely gentle. It feels like floating on clouds while you drool out of the side of your mouth.

If at any time during the massage there is a sharp pain that makes you tense up or hold your breath, please tell Tracy so she can adjust her approach. Massage and bodywork are most effective when you are at ease and your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?

There are a multitude of different types of massage that originated in cultures all over the world. Tracy uses Swedish massage that works with the muscles, Shiatsu that deals with the “channels” or “meridians” of Chinese medicine, and Craniosacral Therapy that focuses on the nervous system. If a client has a preference for one type of massage, that is what is used in the session. If there is no preference, Tracy often uses a combination of all three approaches, depending on what is needed at the moment. We can discuss which methods might be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. Tracy 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. Others prefer to chat as the work is being done. Either approach is fine. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

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.

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. 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.

Keep in mind that conditions that preclude Swedish massage may be acceptable for other types of massage such as Shiatsu and CranioSacral Therapy.



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