Long Life Massage

gentle yet deep massage

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 may be played, if you wish,  to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed. You may choose to keep your underpants on, if you prefer. You will be properly draped during the entire session in any case.

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 or towel. You can signal when you are ready for the practitioner to come back in the room by ringing a bell that is within easy reach.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable, and out of modesty. Only the area being worked on will be exposed - your private parts will never be.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your shoulders, back,  legs, feet, arms, hands,  neck, and head.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Your session will start with very light energy work (polarity therapy), followed by 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. Light massage gel or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The gel or lotion also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort at any time, 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 - each one uses various techniques and  strokes, including kneading, applying friction, putting pressure on specific points,  rocking the body, introducing movement, changing  the positioning of limbs,  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 the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. 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.

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. One side benefit for you women especially, is that you become more attractive as a result of getting massaged: your face softens and communicates an inner glow. 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, diminish stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue,  reduce blood pressure, improve posture, increase mental clarity and bring more joy.  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. Approval from your doctor may be required in some cases.

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