What to wear, or not wear, for massage:
All modalities, except for deep tissue and swedish, can be done fully clothed. You should wear comfortable loose clothing you can stretch in, thin sweatpants and t-shirts are great. if the clothing is too thick it is difficult to work with. Layering clothing is great, as some things are easier worked on when I have direct access to the skin and some thing are better done with a thin layer of clothing between my hands and your skin. It would be great if you wore a comfortable sports bras and shorts underneath. Deep tissue and swedish are usually done undressed and oils and lotions are used. Proper draping protocols will be applied to ensure the client's privacy and comfort.
The posture and tension patterns are assessed by looking at all four sides of the client standing upright, and by looking at gait patterns. This requires the client being in underwear or sports bra and shorts.
To ensure modesty, comfort, and to follow professional protocol the client is draped and appropriately covered at all times throughout the massage.
What to wear, or not wear, for movement:
Lose fitting clothing in which you can move freely. Sweatpants, Yogapants, pyjamapants. T-shirts, sweatshirts. Socks.
No jewelry, belts, shoes. Glasses are ok to wear, but contacts are better.
Wear layers of clothing to adjust for various levels of activity.
The First Session:
The first session begins with a thorough intake interview, where I gather information to assess your goals, needs and possible contraindications. I do muscle testing and various other assesments, such as gait and posture analysis to understand your condition. This can sometimes take up to 45 minutes. Please email me a list of your medications before coming to your session so I can prepare appropriately. After the intake interview I leave the massage room and the client dresses down to their level of comfort in private.
What to wear, or not wear, for Aquatic Bodywork:
Please wear a one-piece bathing suit or a shorts/rashguard combination; clothing that will stay on and will not hinder your movement in water.
Duration of session/time between sessions:
I recommend sessions that are 1 to 1.5 hrs hands on. Longer sessions are not always more beneficial to the body. The body needs time to adjust and process. I recommend leaving 2 to 3 days in between sessions for the body to make the necessary adjustments and for you to follow up with exercises, stretching, movement, etc. Each follow up session begins with an assessment of progress and a conversation about results of previous sessions, or about current issues that need attention.
Do I need movement experience for Dynamic Bodywork of BII classes?
No. No prior experience is needed. The session will be taylored to your ability and classes are geared towards mixed levels and are usually begnner/basic.
Don't be intimidated! It is easy and fun.