Frequently Asked Questions
- 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?
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.
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. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire 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.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; 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?
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.
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 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.
Mary Jo listens to you and your body to make the time relaxing while relieving stress and tension where it hurts most.Thank you seems inadequate for the pain relief in my back and shoulders I’ve experienced through Mary Jo’s therapeutic massage. Thank you!
Bellanina facelift massage is a different experience for everyone-even if you are well familiar with the SPA facials at the specialized salons or if you get regular massage therapy. The Bellanina facial uses facelift massage techniques stimulating not only facial muscles but also lymphatic nodes on your face which promotes this lifting effect. There is much more hands-on experience with the Bellanina massage than other facial massage that one would get at the facial salons as a part of the facial treatment visit. Even if you like to use modern “high tech” skin care products and at home SPA tools, like myself-this totally relaxing procedure and natural products will be very enjoyable. It is a great sensory experience and you will smell actual honey, rose, cucumber, lavender-all pure natural ingredients of the products used for the Bellanina. Your feet and hands are also pampered. Mary Jo spends a lot of time with you giving her best experience, energy and love. Try at least once for a very different feel and you will be delighted. Your skin will also look lifted and firm to your touch.
I never consistently got massages until I started coming to Mary Jo. From the ease of scheduling to the individualized massage, she puts your needs first. I always feel comfortable during the massage, and I leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.