Parks Therapeutic and Sports Massage llc
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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?
If you are in the Bloomington area, your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room for full body sessions at True Health Chiropractic and Sports Rehab and Teamwork Bloomington. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table designed for your comfort. If you are coming in for a quick sports recovery massage or a pre/post workout massage, your massage will take place in the corner of the gym at Teamwork Bloomington. Otherwise, your massage session will take place in a quiet, warm room located in the gym. To receive a bodywork session at either of these locations, you do not have to be a client or a member.

If you are in the Indianapolis area, I will travel to your home and provide everything for the massage session. All you need to provide is a space large enough for me to set up!

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, 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. If you are receiving a quick sports recovery or a pre/post workout massage, you can wear your workout clothes.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with the clean sheet. I will return after a short time and enter the room only after knocking and asking your permission.

Will I be covered during the session?
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. If you only want specific work to be performed on a few areas, only those areas will be massaged during your session. 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session 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.

Deep tissue and Trigger Point massage are common choices for clients when they come in with pain of any kind. In a general Deep Tissue and Trigger Point massage, your session with start out with the warming up of the tissues and muscles to relax the body before the deeper pressure and direct trigger point application are used. This particular technique has been called the "hurt so good" technique due to its therapeutic purpose for pain relief.

A lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Please, communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken or pressure can be adjusted. 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. Please view my list of services by clicking on the Services and Rates tab! 

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. I will always discuss the goals for the session and ask for feedback prior to you getting onto the table. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I 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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Drinking water is essential after a massage to flush out those toxins and rehydrate your body!

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 are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being. Click on the Benefits of Massage tab for a more complete list of benefits! 

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before we begin your session, I ask general health questions. It is very important that you inform me 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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