Michael D. Giles, LMT

"Move with Ease"

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

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 will be played to help you relax. If you would like to bring your own music on an MP3 player, feel free. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort, with bolsters and other supports to best help you feel at ease.

Must I be completely undressed? 
Many 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 covered during the entire session. I will uncover the areas I need to work, then re-drape that area when I am done working it.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
No. I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet. I will knock on the door after a couple minutes to be sure you are ready.

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?
It's up to you.  Areas you let me know you are not comfortable having worked will be avoided.  A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.  I will ask your permission if I think other areas, such as upper chest above the armpit line, hips/gluteals, face, etc. could benefit from treatment. 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Your session may start with broad, compressive or jostling movements to calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A lotion may be used if techniques that glide along the skin seem helpful.  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 methods, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure or movement to specific points, and more. I use many techniques and am happy to explain the uses and effects of the ones I choose. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session.  You don't need to prepare your body before hand; just make sure your skin is free of excess dirt or odor if you have exerted yourself physically before the massage.  During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I may either gently move a limb or ask you to do a movement (such as lifting your arm, taking a deep breath, or contracting a muscle group) to help your soft tissue restrictions fully release.  Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, a 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. Your level of verbal engagement is up to you; some like to socialize during the session, and some like complete silence. 

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people 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.  If we do deeper work, you may experience some soreness that can last a day or two.  If this is the case, I may advise some cool/cold packs to ease the discomfort and aid the healing.  If you feel any adverse effects, please contact me and I will talk you through your experience and make sure everything is OK.

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.

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 for an on-going medical or mental condition, then depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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