Natural Wellness for your Body, Health & Life
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 massage 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. Some forms of clothed massage are available, such as Thai Stretching and Chair. Johnann wants you to be comfortable so she is able to work with you at whatever appropriate clothing level that may be.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Absolutely not! The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket. We will never see anything inappropriate and never make you feel uncomfortable.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Depending on the injury or treatment we may suggest abdominal massage or outer hip but you will always be asked and it will be discussed. However, even then, you will ALWAYS be discreetly covered. Johnann is a professional Therapeutic Massage Therapist, she will never tolerate inappropriate touch for or from her clients.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
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, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. 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.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Relax. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner 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.
Do I need to talk or be social during my massage?
No, not at all. This is your time, so don't feel you need to have conversations. However, if you're feeling like talking that's fine too. Johnann will take her cues from you. Depending on certain therapeutic situations, such as working on injuries, or stretching, you and Johnann may need to be communicating for the therapy to be more effective, but even then you will be given time to relax in quiet.
Should I have to suffer or have pain during the massage?
Johnann became a therapist after having several painful massages. She believes there is no reason for painful massages. If you feel pain, Johnann wants you to tell her. There are certain types of bodywork that may be uncomfortable, such as working through scar tissue or trigger point, but even then it should never be intolerably painful. Even deep tissue work should be done in a way that your body is able to adjust to the pressure without intense or substantial discomfort.
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.
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.