Your First Session: If you have never had a massage let me explain what to expect. Come about 15 minutes before we are scheduled to begin. This will give you time to fill out paper work and relax. I will review your information with you. We will discuss the goals you want to achieve, “pain relief” or “stress reduction”. The most important thing is that WE have communication. Every session will be unique and will depend on what YOU hope to achieve, we will work as a team.
The next step is physically getting ready for the massage. How much clothes you keep on or take off is up to you, just keep in mind that you will be covered or “draped” at all times. If the temperature is too hot or cold PLEASE SAY SOMETHING. If the pressure is not deep enough or too deep SAY SOMETHING.
About talking: some people like to talk and some don’t I will follow your lead but HIGHLY recommend that you relax and experience the session quietly, taking this time just for YOURSELF.
At the end of the massage I will leave the room to give you time to dress. I will remind you to drink water be cause water will flush out minerals that are released by massage and serve to rehydrate you, reducing potential for soreness.
Customizing Your Session:
How long should your session be? It depends on your goal.
An hour long is perfect for mild stress and relaxation. It is enough time to give a general full body massage.
An hour and half allows time for a full body massage and provides ample time to address ares that are affected by persistent pain and chronic stress and tension.
A two hour massage provides ample time for a full body massage and time to focus in on chronic stress, tension and pain.
Effleurage/Swedish Massage utilizes long gliding strokes as well as circular and kneading motions with moderate pressure. Excellent for relaxation, increases oxygen flow, improving circulation and flexibility.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE is similar to Swedish but deeper to reduce chronic tension and pain. It works on the deeper layers of muscle. It has been related to a DECREASE in blood pressure and heart rate while BOOSTING serotonin and oxytocin two hormones related to boosting mood and relaxation.
Trigger Point Therapy uses isolated pressure to interfere with the pain-spasm-pain cycle. A trigger point is a result of injury, or chronic over use. A trigger point refers pain. For instance, a trigger point in your hamstring can trigger pain in your hip. By using diagnostic palpation (with over 25 years experience I can isolate painful and sensitive areas) and providing steady deep pressure and most importantly communication with you we can “erase” the trigger point.
The most effective sessions are a combination of several techniques. It all depends on what YOUR goals are. Your goals will change from session to session. I look forward to working with you no matter what your goals are.