The Body Balancer
Linda Becker, BS, LMT
Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I undress?
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 or bodywork session will take place in a comfortable office.

Must I undress?
No, You will wear whatever comfortable clothing you wish. My only suggestion is that you do not wear tight jeans as they may restrict movement.

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.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
For the most part it should be relaxing. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting. As the tension is released from the tissue the body tends to let go of even more tension, thus allowing for greater relaxation. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken.  


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. The methods I employ tend to be very gentle with pressure adjusted to each individual client and condition of the tissue at the time.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. 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 or taking a deep breath, etc.). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating to let me know anything that they feel is relevant to their healing experience. If you have any questions regarding the session feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some feel a bit light-headed when they frst sit up. This is due to the increased oxygen and blood supply to the head. 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.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve breathing and 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.

Is it necessary to get a referral from my doctor to get a treatment from you? 

No, a referral is not necessary. The purpose of the referral form shown on the Forms page is offered as a service. For instance, if you have some condition that you would like your doctor to comment on or offer suggestions of some specific area that they feel they would like addressed.

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