HELPING YOU ALONG YOUR PATH TO WELLNESS...
Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help create a relaxing atmosphere. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort, with clean sheets and essential oils being diffused into the room and heat on the table can be adjusted to your level of comfort.
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, allowing you to relax onto the table and cover yourself with a clean sheet.
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.
Will I be covered during the session?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, glutes, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Please let your therapist know if you have any areas you don't want addressed or are uncomfortable with.
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, light to medium pressure will be used to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. In a Deep Tissue Massage pressure will be heavy and strong. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil 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. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
Don't eat just before a massage session. Let your body digest your meal first. Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax and your massage session may be shortened so as to not interfere with the next massage appointment. Please take time to shower before your massage session.
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will 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.
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.
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, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
3501 S. Mason St., Unit 4
(Inside Emerge-Vitality, Healing & Movement Center)
Formerly Fusion Health Center
Fort Collins, Co. 80525