Asked Questions About Massage
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What do I need to
bring to a massage or bodywork session?
You don't need to worry
about bringing anything if you are coming for a relaxing
massage. You will be lying on a table, covered by
If you want to have the
sessions in which a postural analysis is done, you will
need to bring a pair of shorts and sports bra or tank
top (women of course). The sessions are done lying on
the table uncovered, to keep aware of what the body is
going through as the sessions are done. Check with your
practitioner to discuss alternatives.
How can I get the
most out of each session?
Please keep in verbal
contact with your practitioner at all times and inform
them of your discomfort or pain. You have control over
what happens to your body at all times. This is not
something we do to you, it is something that you do for
yourself. You can also provide feedback when they are
doing something you like. You also may not want to
schedule anything after your session and enjoy the
feeling as long as possible.
What should I do
after the session?
Each session should be
followed with a bath in epsom salt, baking soda, and sea
salt ( about 1 cup of each) or a bath in apple cider
vinegar ( approx. 1 pint). This will assist the body in
removing toxins and any physical soreness that resides
after the treatment. Also, be sure to drink plenty of
water (enough to make your urine clear) as this also
will clean your system. If you don't drink enough
water, you may feel worse the next day, like a cold was
coming on or very fatigued. This just means that your
body is still cleaning itself out. You may also want to
do this after a massage.
What should I do
if I don't feel good later in the day or the next day
after a session?
Notify your practitioner at
once. Continue to follow up the treatment with drinking
a lot of water- more than you think.
What if I feel
sore after a treatment?
This is common, especially
if there is an injury or chronic pain site. As the
tightness is broken up, the muscles may feel a little
bruised or tender to the touch. You can apply an ice
pack to anything that feel sore to reduce the sensation.
What if I have
bruises after a treatment?
This is also common and is
a reflection of the state of your muscles and tissue.
It indicates that there is stagnation and weakness in
the blood vessels in the area.
Severe bruising may
indicate a nutritional deficiency or other problem. It
is suggested that you take more Bioflavinoids
this. 10,000 mg a day is recommended, which is quite a
lot. You can take straight bioflavinoids or combine
them with other things that are high in bioflavinoids
like bilberry, quercitin, blue green algae. You may
also want to try taking digestive enzymes regularly to
rebuild your digestion. Consult your naturopatic doctor
for best results or if the problem persists.
Why do some areas
feel more tender than others?
The tenderness is a result
of tightness in the tissue. It usually means that the
muscle is not getting enough blood going through it to
clean the area of toxins.
The pain levels should be
reduced as you receive more treatments and relax the
tightness in the area.
Boundaries - Projection
Pictures of my old office (a good example
of how a treatment room should be set up)
notice there is a separate reception area to do general business, a changing
area, the table is clean with freshly pressed sheets and there are extra towels
to provide additional covering for modesty and warmth.