What should I wear to my appointment?

Always arrive in comfortable clothes, whether you are coming in for a wellness consultation or bodywork. You are welcome to dress in active wear (leggings/yoga pants/sweatpants etc) or any clothing that you feel cozy in. During a bodywork session you will undress to your comfort level, some clients prefer to wear an undergarment and some go without, its completely up to you.

Are there any contraindications to bodywork?
Any medical conditions that make bodywork inadvisable?

Yes, there are. The intake form you fill out before your session will cover any and all medical condition that would be contraindicated for bodywork. It is important to keep me updated with any changes in your health before every session. If you are under a physician’s care, depending on the condition, approval from your physician may be required.

How much time is allotted for each session?

The length of your bodywork session will be either 60, 90 or 120 minutes, depending on the session you have booked. Your bodywork time starts when I re-enter the room, and you are on the table. There is time for you to undress to your comfort level, get on the massage table and then dress at the end of our session with allotted time to show you stretches, talk about aftercare and other tips that can help you maintain your level of stress reduction, improved muscular health and improved range of motion.

The length of your wellness consultation will be either 30 or 60 minutes depending on the session you booked. In this time we will go in depth with stretches, exercises and daily routines to help you maintain your level of stress reduction, improved muscular health and improved range of motion. The consultation time can be broken down to be on either end of a bodywork session as well, depending on the session you have booked.

What is your cancelation policy ? Late or short notice rescheduling?

24 hours notice = No charge

Under 24 hours notice = deposit charge not refundable

No-shows/Late arrivals = No refund, full charge This also applies to gift certificate holders.

Late arrival - In respect for everyone’s schedule, late arrivals will still be charged the full rate with no extension of scheduled treatment.

How often should I receive bodywork?

Bodywork frequency will very based on goals you have for your body and wellbeing. Biweekly to monthly appointments are generally recommended. During your first session we will discuss your goals and decide on a plan best for you. Injury recovery scheduling may be frequent initially then lessen as your body rejuvenates. If you are training for an athletic event we may want to schedule intermittently while you train and then frequently after the event for recovery. Bodywork is as unique as your body and we can plan for that accordingly.

This is my first bodywork session, What should I expect?

Your first bodywork session will be 90 minutes, which is 30 minutes of consultation and 60 minutes of bodywork.

I will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your wellness goals. I will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your Bodywork outcome, this information will help me structure the session to achieve your wellness goals.

After the consultation aspect of our session I will leave the room and so you can undress to your comfort level and lie on the massage table underneath the sheet, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged. I often play soothing music during our sessions, however if you prefer silence or specific music please feel free to communicate this. I will check in with you regarding pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you're uncomfortable at any time, Please tell me. Open communication is very important.

Remember to breath normally as we work, oxygenating the muscles is vital to the work we’re doing. I will utilize varying techniques during our session, to asses and release areas of tension and soreness as well as soothing work to minimize stress levels. After the session I will give you privacy to dress then we will go over aftercare and asses when your next visit will be. The benefits of bodywork are cumulative and a customized plan will ensure we meet your wellness goals.

**If you have allergies to any lotions or oils please let me know, especially essential oil and nut

What do I do during session?

During a bodywork session you will breath, and relax. I recommend not having caffin2-3 hours before a session to make the relaxation part a bit easier.

How will it feel?

Generally bodywork is perceived as relaxing, soothing and rejuvenating. However, there are moments when pressure on a tender muscle will be less comfortable, this is an important time to communicate with me. We want to stay at a 7 on the scale, 0 being no pain and 10 being painful. We will never exceed pressure that surpasses your threshold.

*Pain versus Discomfort* Muscles naturally react to any sort of pain. When your muscles feel that your body is about to be injured the reflex to deflect the pain is stimulated. If I am ever applying too much pressure, your muscles tighten together to naturally counterattack the force, and that is not a great way to relax. Bodywork is meant to relieve the tension of your muscles so if you feel as though I am

applying too much pressure for comfort, just ask them to use less pressure. Seriously, I prefer open communication. Don’t go into the session thinking there won’t be any discomfort at all though. Pain and discomfort are two different things. People usually describe discomfort as a “good hurt” - especially in reference to getting a bodywork. Everybody has different tolerances for pain, so a bodywork that is painful for one person may not be painful for you. If you find that I am not working between your tolerance levels for pain, then it’s important that you say something. Bodywork should almost never cause you physical pain and very rarely is it okay for you to be left with marks on your body afterwards (unless its post cupping or gua sha sessions).