Fit. Well. Fresh.
Massage Therapy, Holistic Lifestyle Coaching and Wellness Programs
Frequently Asked Questions

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?



Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork 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.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel and wait for you to signal when it is appropriate to re-enter the room.

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. The table will have a fitted sheet for you to lay on directly as well as a top sheet and blanket for your warmth and comfort during the massage. Properly regulating the temperature of the body during massage helps promote relaxation of the muscles.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders, but each session is different and is guided by client's goals and current body conditions. I will do gluteal work for athletes or clients with lower back and hip pain upon request. This work is done with a closed fist with a sheet between the practitioner’s hands and clients gluteal area. If there are no focus areas of the body indicated in the intake portion of the session, it will be possible to complete a full-body massage that includes full back, posterior and anterior legs, arms, hands, shoulders and neck in a 50-minute session. When there are focus areas which require additional attention, the practitioner will make recommendations on which areas of the body should be included/excluded during your session. Alternatively, you can choose to add 30 minutes to your session so that the entire body can receive attention. Prior to the beginning of your session, we will discuss what areas will be worked to customize each session to your needs.

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. Biotone oils and lotions will be 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.

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. I specialize in relaxation, sports, deep tissue and therapeutic massage.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner 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 completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. I use a pressure/pain scale of 1-10 during all sessions based on direct feedback from clients to deliver the pressure levels that are best for you. Periodically, I will check in with a client to determine if the level of pressure is appropriate. If you experience more pressure than you would like during the session, you should feel comfortable letting your therapist know so that adjustments can be made quickly. 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?
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, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the 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. Fit. Well. Fresh. does not perform massage on women during pregnancy.

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