Inner Sea Healing Arts
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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.  The Inner Sea office is light, airy and has incredible views of the surrounding mountains.  Heat and light levels are adjustable.  Music is chosen for its ability to take you deeply into your inner journey if you chose to be introspective, although talking, processing and therapeutic dialog may also happen during your session.  It's up to you! 

You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort with a wool table cover, sheets and a blanket,hot rocks for a heat pack (offered seasonally), custom aromatherapy at no additional charge!

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 the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.

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?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, face and shoulders. Abdominal and intra-oral work upon request and need.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
If this is your first massage with me I will check in several times to see how the pressure is for you.  Typically most clients come to me for deep tissue work and structural integration, and some clients come for relaxing "feel good" massages. I enjoy and am skilled at both of these styles.  Although I adjust my touch and techniques to meet the preference of the client, my specialty is deep to very deep work.  Deep tissue massage feels great and can sometimes produce a "feel good" pain ... or a "good hurt" as we work through stuckness, holding and restrictions.  Structural work actually pulls apart the myo-fascia and can cause a burning sensation at times.  On the other end of the spectrum I often incorporate energy work and cranio-sacral therapy which is subtle and comforting.  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 relaxed and not resisting, so let me know how things are going for you!

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?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable and let go. I 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.  I want you to be satisfied, comfortable and happy, so let me know what you may need!

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed and sometimes euphoric and blissed out. 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.  If our session consists of alot of structural integration you may feel tender and sore the next day.  If this is the type of work we do I will make suggestions and recommendations of what can help lessen any soreness.

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, increase self-awareness, 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.

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