Touch Matters Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Practiced in Both Gentle & Deep Modalities

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner 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 will take place in a warm, clean, comfortable, quiet room. You may request music. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort. On the other hand, structural integration sessions take place both on and off the table, on a bench, or with standing movements.

Must I be completely undressed?

MASSAGE THERAPY - NO. While most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed or wearing panties/briefs, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION - For KMI Structural Integration sessions, dress is typically bra/panties for women and briefs for men. In cooler months, the room will be warmed to a comfortable temperature.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
No. The practitioner leaves the room to give you privacy to undress. For clients with disabilities requiring assistance, this can be provided.

Will I be covered during the session?
Yes, you are properly draped at all times, as required by NC laws and regulations.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
MASSAGE THERAPY - A typical full-body session includes the back, scalp, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet. Hip and abdominal work may be included. In an orthopedic/sports/clinical session, focused areas receive extended work, while other areas may be treated in additional sessions. Prior to the session, we will discuss together your needs and preferences.

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION - Some sessions focus on lower body (low back, hips, legs, feet); others on upper body (torso, neck, head, arms). The myofascial connective tissue is the "organ of shape" that receives each session's attention.
 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
MASSAGE THERAPY - A relaxation massage is the baseline for some clients.This type of session may start with broad, flowing strokes to calm the nervous system. As the body relaxes, techniques are applied to ease specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Jojoba oil (really it's a plant-based wax) is used sparingly to decrease excessive friction. Jojoba also helps hydrate your skin, but leaves no greasy feel. You should communicate immediately if you feel uncomfortable in any way. The gentlest of touch may be more appropriate and effective for some people.

With deep tissue/orthopedic/clinical work, moments of discomfort are sometimes felt. Clients may say it "hurts so good. but please don't stop!"

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION - Want to be active in the therapeutic process? This bodywork may be for you! It should not hurt, though it can sometimes be appropriate to have moments of discomfort. Communication is key.
 

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
Yes. Here are some of the techniques used: holding, gliding, kneading, vibration, rocking, friction, movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. I can safely use warm stones, cool stones, pressure bars. You and I 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. KMI sessions lead to long-term positive changes in postural and movement patterns.

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. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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