Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort with soft pillows for your support and ease.
Must I be completely undressed?
Since no oils are used during your Trager session, you may choose to be partially or fully clothed. A soft draping will be used during the entire session to keep you warm and comfortable.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session is 1 and 1/2 in length. The Practitioner will guide you through some mindful movements while assessing areas of stress and chronic holding patterns before going to the table. Though you may notice specific areas of chronic tension, your whole body will be addressed during a full session. You may also choose to have a partial session.
What will Trager® bodywork and movement feel like?
Your session may start with a breath and guidance in bringing your awareness inside. Soft, wavelike motions will help calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension and flow through your body. As you become more relaxed, areas of chronic holding patterns will begin to "let go" and a harmonic, resonance of healing energy will flow through your body/mind. These quiet, expansive and elongating motions will go deep into your subconscious and profound relaxation and a peaceful feeling of well-being will restore balance to your body and mind. My intention is always comfort first during your time of "rest and restoring" balance.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes. Your session may also include various therapies: energy work, cranio-sacral, chakra balancing, aromatherapy and Trager bodywork and movement re-education. 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 your upcoming session. During the session, do make yourself comfortable. I will gently tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as taking an intentional breath, focusing your attention on the "feeling" in your shoulder, etc.) 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 and say their body feels much "lighter" and "taller." Some experience a wonderful "freeing ease of movement," a sensation of looseness and increased flexibility, including diminished long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. 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 session, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your session.
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 and clarity, 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 you will complete a health history and assessment before your session begins. It is very important that you inform the me of any health problems or medications you are taking. Depending on the condition for which you are being treated, approval from your doctor may be required.