Get the Most from Your
Therapeutic Bodywork/Massage Session
The following information will help you enhance the benefit of any bodywork session you receive:
Before your session:
For effective and pleasant bodywork, a clean body is essential.
Please shower or bathe during the day before your appointment.
It is advisable not to eat a large meal for approximately
1 - 2 hours before your session.
Please note that alcohol and recreational drugs block the
benefits of this work. Services may be denied clients who
consume drugs or alcohol prior to the scheduled appointment.
Arriving early or on time will take the stress out of getting
to your appointment. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state,
it will take longer for you to become relaxed.
Use the restroom to avoid getting up during your session.
It is important that you feel comfortable during your session,
so please discuss any apprehensions or concerns you have with
me before we start, or during your session. I am glad to answer
any questions you have.
Inform me of any changes in your health condition and any areas of pain.
During your session:
Ask any questions that arise about your session.
Report any discomfort whether related to the massage
(amount of pressure, speed of movement, etc.) or the
environment (room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.).
When receiving deeper work, it is necessary and important
for both the client and practitioner to communicate in order
to determine the appropriate degree of pressure. I listen to
and respond to your body's messages, but please share your needs
with me as they arise so that we may make the most of the time
together. I will be responsive to your communication about your
well-being and wish to help you feel comfortable and relaxed!
Relax into the experience. Tightening up (contracting the muscles
or the body) during a massage is counterproductive.
After your session:
It is better to get up slowly and not to rush. You will have
several minutes to come back to an ordinary activity level and to dress.
It is a good idea not to plan any vigorous activity or exercise for
the remainder of the day. If you can, give yourself time and space
to relax. Allowing some quiet time after the massage helps you integrate
or absorb its effects. Taking a gentle walk after a massage can be a
relaxing and beneficial activity.
For the next 24 hours, drink extra water as any form of bodywork
loosens toxins in the body which need to be flushed out of your system.
Give the session 24 - 48 hours to work inside your body. For Polarity Therapy,
movements of energy may sometimes be experienced for up to a week. It is unusual
to experience discomfort after a session, but please feel free to call me if you have concerns.
Note: Receiving massage and bodywork on a consistent basis is more beneficial
than receiving it infrequently. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative.
Thus, the more frequently a person receives a massage, the better he or she will feel
and the more quickly the body will respond. Regular bodywork sessions also provide a
way to learn more about specific body needs and tension patterns to prevent health
problems from occurring. The increased relaxation typically leads to a feeling of
well-being, better mental and physical performance, and increased enjoyment of life.
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