Massage & Reflexology by Katy
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my reflexology session take place?
Must I be 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/ reflexology session take place?
Your  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 undressed? 
All clothing will be removed down to underwear for a massage therapy session; your modesty will be preserved at all times with proper draping techniques utilized. It is only necessary to remove your socks and shoes for a reflexology session.

What parts of my body will be worked? 
A typical massage session begins with intention focused on head, neck, back, back of legs, arrms & hands, front of legs, and chest and stomach if requested.  A reflexology session will include work on your feet and hands if requested.

What will the session feel like?
A general massage and reflexology session starts with relaxation techniques 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. A massage creme is used to allow your muscles and reflexes to be worked without causing excessive friction to the skin. The massage creme also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage & Reflexology is most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage & reflexology sessions?
There are various techniques utilized and a variety different strokes during sessions.  Massage techniques can be taylored to your level of comfort with proper communication.  Reflexology techniques include basic thumb and finger-walking techniques, leg and foot rocking movements, 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/ reflexology session?
Prior to the session, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the session, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your foot or leg). 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 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 session, many people say they try to drink plenty of water following the session to flush toxins from the body.

What are the benefits of massage & reflexology? 
 People report they found massage/ reflexology to have helped release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injuries, and reduce blood pressure. Also, people have reported better sleep, improved concentration, reduced anxiety and an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make reflexology 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.

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