Spirit-Mind-Body Massage & Reiki
Pain, stress and physical rehabilitation management and health education
Frequently Asked Questions

   

Persistent Chronic Pain and Stress Relief 
Through MyoFascial Release Therapy

Where will my massage or Reiki 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 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?   


Namaste, Dusty Rhodes, MS, CMT, CMMP, OMPP
MyoFascial Release & Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Health Educator 

email: RRhodes9@SMBmassage.com
CAMTC # 67448
NPI # 1477098572


Where will my massage or Reiki session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music might be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort. 

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Must I be completely undressed?
No, you will not be undressed.  Nonetheless, many styles of bodywork are best done in shorts and sports bra.  You should undress to your level of comfort, but need go no further than shorts and sports bra. You can be draped for privacy if you wish. 

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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. 

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Will I be covered during the session?
If  you wish, you can be draped for privacy, and to keep you warm and comfortable. If draped, only the area being worked on would be exposed. 

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What parts of my body will be massaged?
Medical, clinical, sports and orthopedic massages will include many areas of the body, in addition to the body area where the pain and dysfunction are.  A typical full-body relaxation and therapeutic session will include work on your back, belly, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. 

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What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Medical, clinical, sports and orthopedic massages will include light to medium pressure, stretching and rubbing moves, depending on the pathologies presented, and the stage of treatment.

A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for therapeutic and relaxation massages. In a general Swedish massage, your session might 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 to relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is often used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction on 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. 

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Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques use different strokes, including rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, kneading, stretching, and more. We will discuss which methods might be most appropriate for you. 

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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). There will likely be a dialog to help guide the practitioner give guidance to the client. 

Many clients just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, Kleenex, 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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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, medications you are taking, or surgeries. 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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