Q & A
What will my session consist of?
My work is a blend of different types of massage & bodywork, but the approaches I use most commonly are Swedish or deep tissue massage, and Cranio-Sacral therapy. I often blend these styles, but am also happy to do only massage, or only Cranio-Sacral therapy upon request.
What happens when I arrive?
When you arrive, you will fill out a brief health intake form. We will chat about your goals for the session, how you are feeling, and whether you have preferences for any specific types of bodywork. Based on an initial conversation and assessment, we will agree on a general plan for the session. This is also a good time to ask any questions and let me know anything you'd like me to know about you, your health, previous injuries, preferences for types of bodywork, etc.
Do you deep work? Will it be painful?
People who like deep work tend to enjoy my massage a lot. However, I have a few people who only tolerate very gentle work, who also love my massage! I aim to tailor my pressure to your unique needs and encourage you to be vocal in your feedback about pressure. Cranio-sacral therapy involves very subtle pressure.
It is ok if you feel mild discomfort during a massage. However, when people feel pain, the body tends to tense up, and that actually makes the work less effective; it is also possible to do harm by working too deep or beyond your pain threshold. It is is important that you tell me if you feel any pain or aggravation of other symptoms, so I can adjust my technique.
How does draping work for a massage?
After a conversation and initial assessment, I will leave the room so you can undress to your level of comfort and get on the massage table, under the sheets and blanket. Swedish/deep tissue massage is usually done using oil directly on the skin, so clients will usually choose either choose to undress completely, or leave their underwear on. Either way, you will be covered underneath the sheets during the massage, except for the area currently being worked on. When the session is over, I will leave the room so you can get off the table and get dressed.
If you prefer to remain clothed, that is totally ok too! It will just mean that the style of the massage will be a little different, in that I won't use oil or working directly over the skin. Your comfort is of utmost importance, and massage can be done regardless.
What do I wear for a Cranio-Sacral Session?
Cranio-Sacral sessions are traditionally done with the client fully clothed. If you would like a full session of Cranio-Sacral therapy only (and no Swedish or deep tissue massage), it is ideal to wear comfy, stretchy clothes for your session. If you want to receive a combination of Swedish or deep tissue massage and CST, we can do things the same way as a typical massage, where you are asked to undress to your level of comfort beneath the sheets.
How much conversation happens during a session?
Some clients prefer no conversation, while others feel more calm and comfortable when there is some talking. I generally fall in the middle; I tend to have some conversation at the beginning of a session, and then both of us settle into silence as you relax and settle into receiving massage. Your total relaxation is my goal, so please let me know what works best for you if you need total quiet to relax, or if you feel more comfortable when there is periodic conversation.
Cranio-Sacral sessions facilitate a deeper, more meditative mind state. If you are quiet and allow your eyes to close, you may notice sensations and small shifts your body, experiencing a deeper level of consciousness where your very day thoughts drift away. I will check in with you every now and then during the session to see how the work is feeling, and your feedback is welcome at any time.
What if emotions or trauma arise?
Our bodies hold a rich emotional history, and it is common to experience strong or surprising emotions when you are receiving bodywork. I am committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space to experience whatever might come up for you. If you become aware of and acknowledge the feelings and history your body holds, this simple act of acknowledgement has the potential to transform and to heal. So in general, I encourage you to vocalize what you are noticing. There can be a sense of "moving through." If, however, the feelings that come up are overwhelming, I will invite you to let me know what you need in order to feel grounded and present. We can always take a break or do something different. If you could benefit from counseling, I will provide a referral since that is not within my scope of practice.
Most people have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives. If you have a significant trauma load, it's more likely that receiving bodywork might be challenging at times. I understand that, and I invite you to let me know if this is something that may come up for you. I will always encourage you to let me know what you need. I will communicate attentively, be present with you, and keep the lines of communication open to ensure you have as safe and comfortable an experience as possible.