Optimizing Presence

Jennifer Hudson, RCSTĀ®, LMT, BCTMB, MNLP

FAQ & What to Expect

Where will my 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 does Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy feel like?
What does a massage feel like?
Are there different kinds of bodywork?
What should I do during the bodywork session?
How will I feel after a bodywork session?
What are the benefits of a bodywork session?
Are there any medical conditions that would make bodywork inadvisable?

Where will my bodywork session take place?
Your 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.

Must I be completely undressed?
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. If you are receiving Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy only you will stay fully clothed, except shoes and belts.

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 sheets and a blanket.

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.

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.

What does Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy feel like?
Your caniosacral session will start with you fully clothed, except shoes and belts, on the massage table under a comfortable blanket. The therapist's touch will be light, and static holds will be placed over appropriate areas of the body from head to toe. Sensations you might feel during a session include, but are not limited to, a warming, softening, spreading, expanding, lengthening, vitalizing, relaxing, and an overall sense of well-being.

What does massage feel like?
Your massage 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. A light lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. This lotion also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach can be taken. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of bodywork?
There are numerous types of bodywork; various techniques utilize energy releases, 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 bodywork session?
Prior to the session, 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. 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 a 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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage and craniosacral work uses electrolytes, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your session.

What are the benefits of 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 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.

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