Floating Lotus Wellness

Health Through Wholeness

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions come up most often for first-time clients, so please take a moment to review anything you are interested in. I will be happy to go into further detail at our first session, when we will take the time to determine your needs and how we can make your session be of benefit.

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will you 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.

Chair massage may take place in either private or semi-private locations (offices, beauty salons, etc.) and you will be seated on a specially-designed chair equipped with a headrest. Appropriate sanitary measures are always observed - a disposable face cradle and armrest cover are provide for every client.

Must I be completely undressed?
Some massage and bodywork techniques are normally performed with the client unclothed; traditional Chinese medical massage (Tui Na) is performed with the client fully clothed. Your massage experience is tailored to your own needs. If you wish to have a traditional Swedish-style massage, you should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

If you elect to have an Asian style-massage (Acupressure, Tui Na or Reiki), you may remain fully clothed; you should wear comfortable loose clothing and will be asked to remove footwear and jewelry only. You may choose to have a blanket for warmth while on the table.

Will you be present when I disrobe?
I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet.

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.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. It is also beneficial to work the gluteal muscles in a full session. The choice of where I work is entirely up to you - please tell me in advance if there are areas where you are uncomfortable being touched, or that are trigger points for you.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is a baseline for clients. 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. A light oil or lotion is normally used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin; it 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.

If you select an Asian-style massage, you will remain fully clothed. Long, flowing strokes and kneading allow me to assess where work is most needed, where energy is not flowing smoothly or where you are experiencing discomfort. Targeted work on acupressure points may be direct point work with a single digit providing pressure, tapping, rubbing, or an energetic quiet hold on several points at once. Tui Na will include joint mobilization, moving limbs and stretching.

Reiki can be pure energetic work, either hands-on or above the body. My experience is that the Asian modalities blend seamlessly - Reiki energy is present and doing its healing work while I am doing Tui Na movement or acupressure point or meridian work.

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 will be most appropriate and effective for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session; I'll ask you for your preferences regarding music , scents and specific areas you would like me to work on. During the massage, your only job is to immediately let me know if anything is uncomfortable - temperature, movement, pressure, or anything emotionally triggering. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as resisting my movement to assess muscle tone).

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.

It often takes 24 - 36 hours for deeper effects to be felt. If you have an on-going condition that we are addressing together, I may ask you to check in with me the day following your appointment, and to contact me immediately if you have any questions or concerns about effects you may experience.

If you have obligations immediately following your appointment, please let me know when you arrive, and I will finish your session with work that will re-energize you for any demands while still allowing you to enjoy all the relaxing therapeutic benefits of 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. A more inclusive list of benefits can be found here.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. Before you begin your first session,  I will ask you to complete a form with general health questions. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking, and we will investigate together to insure massage is indicated. If you are under a doctor's continuing care, I strongly advise 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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