Where will my therapeutic massage  session take place?

1722 S Glenstone Avenue
Suite W, Room 106 - Glenstone Square Business Center
Springfield, MO  65804

(Just north of the Glenstone and Sunshine intersection.  Pull in by Coyote's Adobe Cafe or Spring Valley Health Food Store or FedEx Kinkos, and drive to the east side of the building.  Step into Suite W and follow the corridor past the seating area to Room 106.  The restrooms are located across the hallway.)

The office is warm, comfortable, and quiet with soft music to help you relax.  The treatment room is private, so you may relax more fully.

Must I be completely undressed?
Not all modalities require your clothes to be removed during the session.  For lymphatic drainage massage, it is recommended you wear leggings and a soft camisole/t-shirt.    

Massage is traditionally performed with the client unclothed, to their level of comfort.  So even though you may be undressed, you will never feel exposed.  Some clients wear nothing, while others prefer to keep their underclothes on.  Throughout the entire session, you will be properly draped.

Craniosacral therapy and Myofascial release are performed with the client partially dressed.  Your therapist will let you know based on your treatment selection.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
No; the practitioner 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?
Yes; 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. 

Craniosacral therapy typically includes work on your head, neck, shoulders, torso and feet. 

Myofascial Release technique is specific to the targeted area(s) but may include work on other areas of the body.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A therapeutic 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.

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.

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 may be most appropriate for you. 

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. 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, 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 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 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. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.  Forms are available from me for that purpose.