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 completely answer your health history on the intake form or advise your practitioner of any updates. 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.
Will I be covered during the session?
That will depend on what treatment you are receiving and your level of comfort. During a Myofascial Release session you may be asked to get up and move around to see if there is a change in your body. This is one of the reasons why you wear your undergarments or clothing. It also depends during a Lymphatic Drainage Massage as to whether your are receiving a partial treatment or a full body treatment. We are happy to comply with whatever you wish to have and your level of comfort.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
As we have a very small office, the practitioner will be present, but you will be behind a curtain that separates the reception and treatment area. We will not enter the treatment side until you tell us you are ready and comfortable on the table.
Where will my session take place?
Your session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be playing and you will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
What should I do during the session?
Prior to your session, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the session, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session. Many people close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanker, 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.
Must I be completely undressed?
While most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed, in this office it depends on what type of bodywork you are receiving.
For Myofascial Release, it is not necessary to completely undress. We recommend that you bring loose shorts, if you are not comfortable in your underwear. Ladies, bras are fine as long as they do not have underwires; otherwise, please bring a sports bra or loose tank top to change into for your session. It is also important for a Myofascial Release session to have your skin free of bodily oils, lotions, or other moisturizers. You may bring them along and apply them after your session if you wish to do so.
For Lymphatic Drainage, it depends on whether you are having a partial treatment of your face and neck, or a full body treatment. For a face and neck treatment, there is no need to disrobe as long as I have access to your face and neck down to the clavicles. If you are receiving a full body treatment, then yes, you will need to disrobe to your level of comfort.
Natural Nurturing Client Intake Form
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Frequently Asked Questions
Myofascial & Bodywork Therapies
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
In a nutshell, yes. There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movements, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.