Acute & Persistent Chronic Pain & Stress Relief Through
Integrated MyoFascial Release, Massage & Reiki Therapies
- 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
CAMTC # 67448
NPI # 1477098572
DISCLAIMER: While the services offered at Spirit-Mind-Body Massage & Reiki contribute to relaxation and an improved state of well-being, they are not intended to replace medical diagnosis and treatment. I recommend first that you consult your physician regarding any illness or injury you might have, and about the complementary treatments provided by SMBmassage. I do not diagnose illnesses or injuries; nor do I recommend diets, supplements, or medical treatments.
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.
Must I be completely undressed?
MyoFascial Release bodywork is best done in shorts; and also a swim top or sports bra for females. You can be draped for privacy if you wish.
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.
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.
Please note that MyoFascial Release works best when the therapist can see major parts of your body so that s/he can observe or feel vaso-motor responses, i.e., sweating, redness, heat, cold, fluttering. These vaso-motor responses provide important information regarding where the therapist ought to work, next.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Clinical, oncology, orthopedic and sports massages can include all areas of the body, in addition to the body area where the pain and dysfunction are felt.
Your therapist is trained in treating women's health issues. Because many women's health issues are centered in the pelvic area, your therapist might recommend internal intra-vaginal and intra-rectal MFR treatment. Other women's issues center on scar tissue resulting from pregnancy, i.e., C-section and episiotomy; and breast surgery, i.e., mastectomy and breast implants & reductions. Such intimate & personal treatments will be used only with your prior written consent & waiver; and perhaps that of your physician.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Clinical, oncology, orthopedic and sports massages will include light to medium pressure, stretching and rubbing moves, depending on the pathologies presented, and the stage of treatment. Oils and lotions are rarely used.
Sometimes a relaxation massage is the best session option. A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for relaxation massages. In a general Swedish massage, your session might start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax surface muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and to relieve areas of muscular tension. A light oil or lotion is often used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction on the skin, and to hydrate your skin.
You should communicate immediately to your therapist if you feel any discomfort so that adjustments or other approaches may be taken.
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 these methods might be most appropriate for you.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the techniques 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, i.e., such as lifting your arm. There will likely be a two-way dialog to 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 techniques 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, medications you are taking, accidents, surgeries, or traumas -- either physical or emotional. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage & energy work prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor might be required.