This is my first massage, what can I expect?
If you did not fill out an online intake form, your therapist will bring you an intake form to fill out in the waiting area. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the session as the intake form includes health history. You will be greeted in the waiting area and walked back to the quiet, private treatment room. You and your therapist will have a consultation where you will discuss what areas you want to focus on, what areas (if any) to avoid, how much pressure will be applied, and any relevant health history.
For your massage session, you can undress to your comfort level, and you will be completely covered by sheets and blankets the entire session to keep you comfortable. Only areas worked on will be exposed and no areas will be exposed without your consent. You will undress to your comfortable level in the privacy of the treatment room. First time clients will usually have light pressure to start but your therapist will check in with you if you would like to increase the pressure, depending on your service. Your therapist will always make sure you are ok with deeper pressure as massage should never hurt or be extremely painful. You will usually spend time laying on your back and stomach, or depending on your health history, sometimes side lying is needed. Massages are full body (including face, feet, and scalp). Please let your therapist know if you do not wish to have a particular body part focused on.
What should I do following a massage session?
Because massage increases blood flow and releases muscle tissue and fascia, the body feels more relaxed. You may feel sleepy or have fallen asleep during the massage. This is normal and means that your muscles and nervous system are relaxed. Take your time getting up from the table, and feel free to relax in the waiting area before leaving. You want to stay hydrated for the following 48 hours, as massage can leave you feeling dehydrated from the increase in circulation. Otherwise, enjoy feeling relaxed!
Should I try cupping?
Cupping is massage in reverse, meaning the muscle tissue, fascia, and skin are being lightly drawn up in to a cup using negative pressure. Cupping is extremely beneficial for individuals who need therapeutic work but can not take or do not like the heavy pressure of a deep tissue massage. Cupping can help alleviate anemia, anxiety, stress, scar tissue, tight muscles and connective tissue, fibromyalgia, and cellulite. Cupping is not recommended for the following conditions: contagious skin disorders, rashes, inflamed or irritated skin, broken skin, renal failure, cardiac failure, liver failure, severe edema, hemorrhagic disorders such as leukemia and hemophilia.
This is my first cupping session, what can I expect?
You will undress in a quiet, private treatment room. Only areas that will be focused on will be uncovered, and you will be completely draped with sheets and a blanket during your entire session. Your therapist will massage the area and use plastic or silicone cups, place on muscles, and make a suction that will pull the skin, fascia, and muscle tissue up. This suction is not painful and any pain or discomfort should be told to your therapist immediately.
Once the suction is applied, you will feel a slight pull as the cups are either moving (this is called sliding) or one one place (this is called static cupping) for up to 10 minutes at a time. Your therapist will check in with you every time a cup is applied. After the cup is removed, the therapist will massage the area. Once your session is over, you might notice pink/red/purple spots on your skin. These are not bruises. These marks are old, stagnant blood from deep muscle layers brought to the surface area of the skin to be re-circulated into the blood stream. This process floods the area with new oxygenated blood to increase healing, reduce scar tissue, and recovery from injury. After a cupping session, staying hydrated for the next 48 hours is highly recommended from the increase in blood flow.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy. Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. Reiki is great for individuals who are uncomfortable with massage, as the client remains fully clothed during the session (except for a reiki massage). Because reiki increases relaxation, it can be a great tool for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD naturally.
It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance. A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness. Reiki is meant to be a compliment to medical care or as a personal stress reduction or relaxation tool. It is not a substitute for medical care.
What can I expect during my reiki session?
Reiki is offered in 30 or 60 minute sessions. A session can either be hands-on, where a Practitioner will apply a light touch during the session, or hands-off where they will hold their hands slightly above your body. If a client prefers not to be touched they can indicate this to the practitioner before they begin. The session will then proceed with the Reiki Practitioner moving through specific standard Reiki hand positions beginning at the person’s head or feet. A recipient of Reiki might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. The session should be very pleasant, relaxing and invigorating. Take your time standing up, as feeling lightheaded or sleepy can occur. Drink plenty of water the following 48 hours. If feeling lightheaded, food, particularly candy, can be great for grounding yourself. Your body is detoxing, so symptoms may appear. Take time to rest the rest of the day.