Marlys Hersey, LMT
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 at my private massage studio, set behind my home. 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 between massage linens during the entire session.

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

Will I be covered during the session?
As is standard practice in massage therapy, throughout the entire session, you will be draped with sheets (and/or towels and blankets) for your privacy, warmth, and comfort. 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, and shoulders.

If you are female and I massage your abdomen or belly, rest assured that your breasts will be draped with a towel, for your privacy.

Your medical history and your preferences for bodywork may determine areas on which we will focus and areas which must be avoided (due to medical contraindications).There is not always time to work on your entire body, especially within a one-hour session, and particularly when there are areas of concern on which I may need to spend more time. 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often the baseline for my 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, I will gradually increase the pressure to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension.

I nearly always incorporate Deep Tissue and Myoskeletal Alignment techniques as needed into each session, depending on what pressure you prefer and what areas of tightness and other holding patterns I find in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Please note that "deep tissue" work does not necessarily mean invasive bodywork, nor should it result in pain; rather, deep tissue bodywork, as I practice it, is simply a way to access the deeper, harder-to-reach musculature and other soft tissues to help break up problematic holding patterns, scar tissue, and other forms of tightness which often cause aches, pains, and limited range of motion and flexibility.

I may also employ techniques from other types of bodywork in which I have been professionally trained: Shiatsu, Craniosacral, aromatherapy, warm and cold hydrotherapy.

I usually use jojoba oil (and sometimes bamboo silk lotion on feet and hands) to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. These lubricants also help hydrate your skin.

You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that I can adjust the pressure or take another approach. Massage is 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, active and passive stretching, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
The short answer: nothing. Really all you have to do is lie there and breathe deeply and slowly. 

The longer answer: During the massage, I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm, turning over, etc.). Other than that, you don't need to do anything but lie on the massage table and breathe. (Yes, it's that simple.) Many people prefer to close their eyes to better relax, and communicate only if/when they need more or less pressure, the table warmer turned up or down in temperature, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session.

Also, during the session, please do not hesitate to tell me if anything is uncomfortable. Otherwise, please don't feel you need to talk, unless you want to. I encourage you to enjoy this opportunity to relax, and to focus simply on breathing slowly and deeply.

If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

If at any time during the massage you wish to stop the treatment, for any reason, just let me know, and we will cease the session.

 

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