Marie Ruxton Therapeutic Massage

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are you a licensed Massage therapist?

Where will my massage or bodywork 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?

 Are you a licensed massage therapist? 

YES License # MSG002015

 

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. Some folks are completely undressed or prefer to wear their undergarmants. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session , always under the sheet and remember that I use hot towels to drape as well.
 
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
No. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel. I will not enter without first knocking on the door to ensure that you are fully draped under the sheet.
                                                                                                                                 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?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Sometimes other areas such as your abdominal area will be massaged. A discussion before we start will establish if any area is sensitive or off-limits  so you can relax and enjoy the session.
                                                                                                                                     What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general 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 muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to 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.The massage that you receive from me will be a combination of techniques that will be customized for your individual needs.   

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; please see my service page for a brief description of the techniques I combine for your customized session. Various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?                                   It is most beneficial for you to quiet your mind and just feel the massage
There is NOTHING you need to do, except let the therapist know if you are experiencing pain or discomfort. 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). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, 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.

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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. My recommendation is to allow time afterward to eat a light nourishing meal, relax for several hours, go sit under a tree or your favorite nature spot, soak in a hottub or take a bath. Some folks will save time to journal their experience after each session for further self awareness and release..

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. You will be required to complete a health intake that will be discussed with you prior to the session. 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 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.

If your question has not been addressed, feel free to call or email Marie Ruxton at Marie Ruxton Therapeutic Massage at 610-965-2500 or email wave313@verizon.net .

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