Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
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, to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
Craniosacral Therapy can be performed while you're completely clothed. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, however. Items like jeans and belts are harder for me to work through.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Each massage is tailored to your current needs and the time available. A full-body session can include work on your head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, chest, abdomen, glutes, legs and feet. If there is any part of your body you would prefer I not touch, for any reason, just let me know.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing, therapeutic Swedish-style massage 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. Usually, 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.
Craniosacral Therapy is very gentle, subtle and relaxing. See below for more information.
Maya Abdominal Therapy can be very gentle- almost energetic, or quite deep- depending on the needs of your body in that moment. See below for more information.
What can I expect from a Maya Abdominal Therapy (MAT) session?
Your first appointment will be scheduled for 2 hours. This allows me time to go completely through a thorough health history form with you, perform the massage, and teach you how to perform the abdominal portion on yourself. Follow-up visits are typically 1.5 hours.
MAT is an external massage technique, focusing on the abdomen (from ribs to pubic bone) and back (from shoulder blades to tailbone), but I will incorporate other parts of your body (and Spirit!) that need to be addressed, as time permits. You will be appropriately draped at all times. I often use Maya Moon Oil (https://www.arvigotherapy.com/rainforest/node/111) for the abdominal portion of the massage, and frequently burn copal resin before, during or after a massage. I use organic carrier oils and pure essential oils (no artificial fragrances). Please let me know if you have any allergies or sensitivities.
What can I expect from a Craniosacral Therapy (CST) session?
You can choose to remain clothed or to undress, depending on your level of comfort, and what other therapies, if any, we will incorporate into the session. You will generally be laying on the massage table, on your back, with a pillow or bolster under your knees, if desired. CST is very gentle and relaxing. You may even fall asleep. It involves very subtle corrections to the bones of the skull and spine, down to your tailbone. I may also incorporate light pressure or movements to other parts of your body (arms, legs, feet) to assist in these corrections. The pressure generally used is described as the weight of a nickel. Unlocking and correcting trauma to the body can sometimes, though not always, allow emotions to come to the surface during or after a session. I will hold space for any emotions that may arise, and support you in working through them. Honoring these emotions in yourself, should they appear, is a vital step in your recovery.
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 more or less pressure, a 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. I don't expect my clients to hold completely still during a massage. Please feel free to shift your body as needed for comfort, and let me know if anything could make you more comfortable!
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.
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, I ask general health questions. 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.
There are specific contraindications for Maya Abdominal therapy which include while you are menstruating, wearing an IUD, or in your first trimester of pregnancy, as well as active pelvic cancer or infection. Medical clearance is requested for conditions such as hernias.