Kara Anne Smith LLC

A Healing Touch

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will you be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage 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?

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Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? 

Your massage will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. I can play soft music to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most 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. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

Will you be present when I disrobe? 
I will always 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?
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?
In a typical full-body massage, I will work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. I can also custom create a plan based on your needs. 

What will the massage feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is a popular baseline for clients. In a Swedish massage, your 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 muscle tension. Often, I use a light oil or lotion to allow your muscles to unclench without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should say something right away if you feel any discomfort. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

You can also relax with a hot stone massage, melting away your tension and stress. 

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are many ways to coax your body into the results you need. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I 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 anything. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the how it feels, please speak up.

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.

Don't forget to drink plenty of water afterwards to flush out remaining toxins from your body.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy can help release chronic muscle 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 before you begin your session, I will ask questions about your overall health. It is very important that you inform me 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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