Amber Wagstaff, LMT, NMT
Licensed Massage Therapist & Certified Neuromuscular Therapist

FAQ's for New Patients

Where will my massage session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage?
What should I do during the massage?
How will I feel after the massage?
What are the benefits of massage?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage session will take place in a comfortable and private room. Music options are available to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage 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 (underwear on or off). You will be properly draped during the entire session. Only areas being worked will be uncovered. Your modesty is a priority to me.

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 sheet and blanket.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, shoulders and hips/glutes (with your consent). You may choose to have all areas treated or just specific areas. 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
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 your comfort level) to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Lotion/gel is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage is most effective when you breathe throughout the massage (don't hold you breath!) and your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage?
There are numerous types of massage; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic gliding 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 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. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm, flexing your knee, etc.). 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 session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Many 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. Some people experience soreness a day or two after the massage. This is common if an area is worked deeply and for a longer period of time. The soreness should resolve within a few days. This is a completely normal muscular response (like working out when you haven't worked out in a while). It's important to increase your water intake after a massage. This will help decrease muscular soreness.

What are the benefits of massage?
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 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 inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, we do a thorough health intake. It is very important that you inform me 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 prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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