What to Expect

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 aid you in relaxing. You will
relax on a table especially designed for your comfort.


Who Will Perform The
Massage Or Bodywork?

Your session will be conducted by a professional
massage therapist who has received proper training in a
variety of techniques. Some massage and bodywork
practitioners are licensed by the state, while
others are locally regulated. Although no two
massages are exactly alike, you may request a certain
technique or modality. At Essential Kneads we have both
male and female therapists to ensure your total comfort.


Must I Be Completely

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally
performed with the client unclothed;
however, you may decide what amount of clothing
you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You
will be properly draped during the session. 


Will The Practitioner Be Present
When I Disrobe?

The practitioner will leave the room while you
undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself
with a clean sheet or towel. 


Will I Be Covered During The

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?

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. You will not be touched on or near
your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).

 Will Lubricant Be Used?

A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your
muscles to be worked on without causing excessive
friction to the skin. The lubricants used should
hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed.

 What Will the Massage Or
Bodywork Feel Like?

It depends on the techniques used. In a general
Swedish massage, your session may start with
broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm
your nervous system and ease exterior muscle
tension. As your body unwinds, pressure will
gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific
areas of muscular tension. You should communicate
with your practitioner 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 reeducation, application
of pressure to specific points, and more.
Ask the practitioner about the methods she uses. 

You may also visit our Massage Descriptions page!


 How Long Will The Session

The average full-body massage or bodywork session
lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour
appointment only allows time for a partial massage
session, for instance the neck and shoulders,
back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- or 90-minute
session for optimal relaxation.
Always allow relaxation time prior-to and after
the session.

 What Should I Do During The
Massage Or Bodywork

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.