Willow Hall, LMT, CYT, CHHC
Combining Therapeutic Massage, Yoga and Health Coaching

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 to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort, or for Thai massage on a soft mat on the floor. Yoga takes place on a sticky mat with blocks, bolsters, straps, and blankets used for props as needed.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most relaxation 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. You will be properly draped during the entire session.  For sports and orthopedic massage you may want to wear shorts or modest underwear. During a Thai massage session you will remain fully clothed, but should wear soft, stretchy clothing, similar to what you wear for a private yoga class.

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

Will I be covered during the massage session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm, comfortable, and modestly covered.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body relaxation session will include work on your back, arms, the top of your chest, but not breasts, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.   Sometimes abdominal work is included in the massage, depending on the results you are hoping to achieve from your session. Orthopedic massage will target the areas directly involved in your condition of myofascial disfunction.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for 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, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing 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 and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Sports and Orthopedic massage require your active participation for stretching, strengthening and targeting myofascial restrictions. This may be at times feel temporarily uncomfortable, but within that range of hurts-so-good. Typically, minimal lubricant is used in Orthopedic massage.

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. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as pressing your shoulder into my hand, or rolling over). 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?
After an Orthopedic massage session, you may feel a little temporary soreness, but clients typically experience an immediate increase in range of motion and decrease in pain.  Often people feel very relaxed or pleasantly energized. Some experience an immediate 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. 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 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, a practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform any 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.