About Your Appointment
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The more relaxed you are during your session, the better your body can receive the optimum benefits of your bodywork. Our goal, as therapists, is to make your session comfortable for you, so that you can fully relax.
Bodywork is most effective when you are an engaged participant-your goal as the client is to relax actively. To increase the benefits of your session, spend your time on the table focusing your awareness on areas of tension, breathing slowly and deeply, and relaxing every part of your body. Your therapist may guide you through some of this, especially during Rolfing. Ideally, you will bring this awareness and relaxation of your body to all hours of your life, in order to reduce tensions and to improve your health and enjoyment.
Finally, your relaxation is also beneficial to your therapist's work. The more relaxed you are, the easier it is for the therapist to "read" your body and discover its structural imbalances and tensions. Then the therapist, with your help, can more easily restore your body to a more balanced state.
During bodywork, especially when you are receiving deeper tissue work, you will probably experience some discomfort. During your session, we want you to feel comfortable enough to experience your body's pain, and yet relax that area of pain and your whole body at the same time. So, please tell us if our work makes part of you hurt too much. (On a pain scale of 1 to 10, 1 being lowest, "hurt too much" means a 7 or 8.) We'll change our pressure or technique, or we will work on another area of your body.
Pain is an indicator of injured and overworked areas and is a sign of structural distortions in your body. Pain exists because your nerve fibers get caught in the spasms of your muscle fibers and the tangles of your connective tissue.
Although we humans generally attempt to protect ourselves from pain in most life circumstances, during bodywork pain can play a healthy role in relieving your body's chronic aches. In this environment focused on healing your body's discomforts, we can use your pains to identify areas of your body that need to be fixed. We will explore your aches and pains and attempt to dissolve them.
Communication with Your Therapist
As your relaxation and comfort is very important to us, we ask that you communicate with your therapist about your experiences during a session. If anything is uncomfortable, such as the pressure of the massage or the room temperature, please tell us.
You know more about your body than anyone. While therapists can perceive much about your body's structure and tensions, only you can experience the internal discomfort. When you share this information with your therapist, we can better understand and treat your body. Verbal processing of your body experience can also help you mentally and physically integrate the changes to your body.
When you have questions about how your body works or why part of you feels the way it does, please ask. We will answer as best we can.
Bodywork untraps molecules of wastes and toxins that were being stored in your body. We ask that you drink lots of water (at least 8 cups) during the next 24 hours to help your body eliminate these wastes and avoid muscle soreness.
We also suggest a bath with a cup or two of epsom salts. Add an equal amount of baking soda to soothe your skin, especially if you find the epsom salt slightly irritating.
Deeper tissue work may leave an area feeling sore. This soreness should disappear after a few days.
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Gift certificates available.
Rolfing practitioners work with their clients in underclothing. This allows the Rolfer to see the contours and movements of the body fully and to work with you in a variety of positions. For men, briefs, boxer-briefs, regular boxers, or workout shorts are all acceptable; for women, bra and underwear or a two-piece swimming suit work well. If you are not comfortable with these clothing options, we can work with you more fully clothed. Please remove watches and jewelry as well.
For full-body massages, we recommend that you undress at least down to your underwear. If you remove your underwear, we can also massage your gluteal muscles. For full-body massage, the therapist will leave the room while you undress and return only when you are ready. Except for the body part being worked upon, you will be covered with a sheet at all times. If you are cold, please ask for one of our blankets.
We will do our best to make your experience safe and comfortable. And, we want our clients to feel comfortable with their bodies during their bodywork sessions. As therapists, we see all kinds of bodies. We are here to work with you and your body as it is.
If you must miss a scheduled appointment, we ask that you cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance.