Massage Therapy Oasis is a place where you can come to relax and rejuvenate. You’re comfort, safety, and well-being always comes first. Here is a list of common questions and answers of what you can expect from your massage session. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.
Where Will My Massage Session Take Place?
- Your massage session will take place in a private, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will play in the background to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Who Will Perform the Massage or Bodywork?
- Your session will be conducted by myself, Heidi Sorensen, an experienced, licensed professional massage therapist. I have been providing massage in the Stevens Point area for 9+ years, specializing in trigger point therapy and deep tissue treatments. You can trust you will receive a quality and reputable service.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
- Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed or mostly unclothed. Keep in mind, you will always be properly and respectfully draped with a sheet and blanket. However, you should undress to your level of comfort.
Will the Massage Therapist Be Present When I Disrobe?
- No. I 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?
- You and I will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your head, neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, legs, hands and feet. You will not be touched on or near personal areas such as your genitals, breasts or stomach.
What Will My Massage Feel Like?
- It depends on which techniques are used. I usually begin a session with a mix of light Swedish massage and myofascial release techniques to warm up the skin, facia and muscle. These broad, flowing strokes help calm your nervous system and warm up the muscle tissue. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A light oil is used to prevent any 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 is most effective when your body feels relaxed.
What Kinds of Massage Techniques might I expect?
- I use a variety of different massage techniques, including basic swedish effleurage strokes, myofascial release, posture and movement integration, application of pressure to specific points, trigger point release, and more. I will do my best to answer any questions you may have about the methods I use.
How Long Will the Session Last?
- The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. All times listed for services are actual “Hands-On” time. This means you do not loose any massage time for getting on or off the table.
What Should I Do During the Massage Session?
- Make yourself comfortable on the table. 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 drift off. I will ask you if you need more-or-less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant the massage session to make you comfortable. If you have any questions regarding the session, please feel free to ask me.
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.
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, you complete a brief general health history form. It is very important you list 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. In some cases, I may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor. Your safety always comes first.