Frequently asked questions.
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. Some clients prefer no music at all. The choice is yours. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Who Will Perform the Massage or Bodywork?
Your session will be conducted by a professional who has received proper training. Michael is a member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia. As a condition of membership, Massage and Myotherapy Australia verifies the training and credentials of every one of its practitioners. As a member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia, I am required to undertake a certain amount of professional development each year, am required to maintain a current First Aid certificate and to be insured.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
It is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort.
Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room or turn his back while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean towel…..whatever you feel comfortable with.
What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
You and the practitioner 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.
What Will the Massage or Bodywork 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. 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. You are in charge at all times. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting. You will be offered a choice from a range of oils. You may choose from a range of relaxation oils, invigorating oils or a warming sport’s oil. A non-scented massage lotion is also available. At the time of booking your appointment, advise Michael if you are allergic/sensitive to nut products (his oils contain almond oil) so that he can prepare a blend for you which uses olive oil as the carrier oil.
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. Ask the practitioner about the methods he uses.
How Long Will the Session Last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session 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. Two hour treatments are also available. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. Spas, saunas, walks etc can assist in the relaxation process.
Please allow time for set-up, history take, pre/post discussions and pack-up. These times are additional and are not included in your on-table time. For example, a one hour treatment means exactly that. You will receive one hour on the table…..set-up, history take etc are not included in your hour. That means, for a one hour treatment, I will be present for approximately one and half hours.
What Should I Do During the Massage or Bodywork Session?
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. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.
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 and lactic acids 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, 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. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
I am staying in a tent, cabin or caravan with an annex. Does that cause problems?
Generally no. Michael can usually set up in a tent, cabin and annex if there is room for my table. If the client is comfortable, so is Michael. Michael is unable to set up in a caravan or campervan due to limited space. The alternative would be to have a treatment at my treatment room in Port Fairy
Can Michael accommodate groups?
May I burn candles and incense while I have my treatment?
Candles are fine. Michael would prefer incense not be used.
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments?
Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
· Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
· Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
· Ease medication dependence.
· Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defence system.
· Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
· Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
· Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
· Increase joint flexibility.
· Lessen depression and anxiety.
· Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
· Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
· Reduce spasms and cramping.
· Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
· Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
· Relieve muscular headache pain.
A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates int
· Decreased anxiety.
· Enhanced sleep quality.
· Greater energy.
· Improved concentration.
· Increased circulation.
· Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
· Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
· Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
· Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
· High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
· Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
· Pre-term infants have improved weight gain.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat postsurgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.