“Where Will My Massage or Bodywork Session Take Place?”
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
“Must I Be Completely Undressed?”
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
For reiki and reflexology services, the session can be provided with the client fully clothed.
“Will the Therapist Be Present When I Disrobe?”
The therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax on the table, and cover yourself with the provided table linens.
“Will I Be Covered During the 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 Massaged?”
You and the therapist will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female). If breast massage is requested as part of a therapeutic or body contouring session, a written consent form must be completed by the client and therapist.
“What Will the Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?”
It depends on the technique, but the Jera Therapeutic session will start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A light lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lotion also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
“Are There Different Kinds of Massage and Bodywork?”
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. See the descriptions on the Services page for more information.
“What Should I Do During the Massage or Bodywork Session?”
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the therapist any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The therapist 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. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask the therapist.
“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.
“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 muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being. Click here for more details on the benefits of 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 therapist asks general health questions. You will be required to complete an Intake and Consent form. It is very important that you inform the therapist 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. Your therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
“What Can I Expect in a Reflexology Session?”
Foot reflexology sessions last about an hour. First sessions can take longer as you’ll need to complete a “Client Intake” form with questions about your medical history and overall health. You will be given an explanation of Reflexology and a review of the benefits and reactions you may experience. You will be required to remove your footwear. While on the table the Reflexology Therapist will gently relax your feet and proceed to work through all the reflex areas by applying pressure using thumb walking, finger walking and pressure pointing techniques. The pressure will be adjusted to your level of sensitivity.
“What Are the Benefits of a Reflexology Session?”
Reflexology is used primarily to improve circulation and reduce stress. Medical doctors agree that many health issues today can be linked to stress. By stimulating the reflexes in the feet, Reflexology interrupts the pattern of stress. By reducing stress and tension, Reflexology improves blood and lymph circulation, strengthens the functioning of the immune system, improves assimilation of nutrition and elimination of toxins, and calms the nervous system. In these ways, Reflexology facilitates the body’s natural healing processes and thereby helps to influence homeostasis in the body.Reflexology can identify where stress and tension is located in the body.
However, Reflexology is not a treatment or diagnosis for any specific medical condition. Reflexology is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Reflexology creates a healing response by persuading the body to biologically correct itself, promoting better health and well being. Reflexology Therapists are not licensed health care providers and do not diagnose, prescribe or treat a specific symptom or illness.
“Can Reflexology Make a Condition Worse?”
Reflexology is completely safe. It simply relaxes the body, which allows it to function more effectively. However, if you do have a medical condition and are under the care of a physician, it is important that you discuss the consequences of any therapy (including Reflexology) with your physician before you commence treatment. This is particularly appropriate if your condition involves an organ transplant, an implanted device (pacemaker), or, is acute.
Reflexology is essentially harmless. Because the therapeutic relaxation that Reflexology produces facilitates the body’s release of toxins, its possible this release of toxins may bring about perspiration, a nauseous feeling, a headache, or a bad taste in the mouth. These minor discomforts are evidence of the body’s healing process, are very temporary and are not serious. It is recommended to drink plenty of water after your session to assist the body in the detoxification process. Most people enjoy pleasant, relaxed and/or energized feelings after a Reflexology session.