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Frequently Asked Questions

Where Will My Massage Session Take Place?

Your massage 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. You may choose to receive your massage in my treatment room; your home or office, the type of treatment would be adjusted accordingly.

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Who Will Perform the Massage Treatment?

You will receive your massage from a Licensed Massage Therapist. Massage Therapy in Arkansas is regulated by a division of the state, called the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy. Your massage therapist has been educated and trained to perform a variety of techniques and modalities.

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Must I Be Completely Undressed?

Most massage therapy 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 may wear a swim suit or undergarment. Massage Therapy is most effective when you are fully disrobed. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

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Will the Therapist Be Present When I Disrobe?

The Therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a sheet or towel.

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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.

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What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?

You and the Massage Therapist will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).

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How Long Will the Session Last?

The average full-body massage lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.

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What Will the Massage Feel Like?

It depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. 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.

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What Should I Do 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. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

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How Will I Feel After the Massage?

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.

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Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage 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, medications you are taking, or care you are receiving from your Doctor. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

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