Brandy Tinsley - Massage Therapist
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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?
Your session will take place in my comfortable and quiet studio located in the cottage behind the main building at Salon 121 & Spa.  Soft music will be played during your session to help you relax while lying on a heated table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massages 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.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe? 
I leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.

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.

What will the massage 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. A light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken.  Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic 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.

What should I do during the massage?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about 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).  Many people 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?
Most people feel very relaxed.  Many experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.  After an initial period of feeling relaxed; people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

What are the benefits of massage?
Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental/physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage 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, there are a few medical conditions that are contraindicated for massage therapy.  If you are currently under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised you consult with your physician prior to scheduling an appointment. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.  

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