Bodywork: wear comfortable clothes, something you would be comfortable working-out in. For bodywork treatments, you are able to remain fully clothed. Generally no lotion is necessary.
Relaxation Massage: Your massage therapist will leave the room so you can undress and lie on the massage table under a blanket and/or top sheet. You may undress to your level of comfort. Many people prefer to keep their underwear on during a massage, while others choose to be nude. Regardless if you choose to maintain some clothing or not, your massage therapist will ensure that you are always properly covered with a blanket and/or sheet. This is known as “draping”. In accordance with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, we must “Provide draping and treatment to ensure the safety, comfort and privacy of the client”.
You should feel better immediately following your session. Though uncommon after bodywork or massage treatments, it is possible to be sore for up to a couple of days. If soreness lasts for any longer than 1-2 days, it is usually a good indicator that too much pressure was applied during your session. Everyone has different levels of sensitivity to pressure, which is why it’s important to discuss appropriate “good-hurt” pain levels prior to the start of your first treatment.
BODYWORK: Of course, everyone’s body is different. If you are trying to rid yourself of a particular issue, I will typically recommend anywhere from 1-3 treatments a week until you are no longer experiencing high pain levels or severely limited range of motion deficits. Keep in mind, many people experience a significant decrease in pain symptoms immediately following their first session. After your first treatment, I will have a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issue(s). At this time, we will discuss an appropriate treatment plan that meets both your needs and your budget.
RELAXATION MASSAGE: Since stress contributes to so many health problems, preventative maintenance is key. We all need a good self-care routine to maintain optimal health and wellness. Prevention is key. Depending on your lifestyle of course, I would recommend scheduling a relaxation massage every 4-6 weeks. If you are a person who has excess stress and very few ways to rid yourself of negative tension, you may want to consider scheduling more often. On the other hand, if you are someone who has multiple stress-relieving routines already established, you may be able to go longer between your scheduled appointments.
You’ve probably heard it said before, There is a difference between a “good hurt” and a “bad hurt”. It’s true! The short answer to this question is that it should always feel more GOOD than bad. During your first therapy session, we will discuss the idea of “good hurt” versus “bad hurt” to be sure you have a complete understanding of what you should feel during your treatment.