Ashiatsu by Carol

Peace. Love. Joy. Bodywork that supports peace and personal growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why get massage regularly?
Like exercise, massage does more for you if you engage in it regularly—even a monthly treatment can help maintain good health and keep pesky issues at bay. "Touch is basic to survival," says Elliot Greene, past president of the American Massage Therapy Association. It's true. Isn't that reason enough?


Ashiatsu by Carol massage area copyrighted imageWhere will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the therapist 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 massage or bodywork session will take place in a comfortable private room. Music will be played; usually softly, and always within your comfort zone. For Sacred Lomi the music is a little louder.  You will relax on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you. You should undress to your level of comfort. Your modesty will be protected with proper draping during the session.

Will the therapist be present when I disrobe?
No. The therapist will give you privacy to undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped (as is typical for the style of massage) to keep you warm and comfortable and preserve modesty. Usually only the area being worked on will be exposed. No surprises; draping will be agreed upon before your session starts.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session includes work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
I believe too much pain in bodywork is counterproductive. I always intersperse yummy relaxing work with any deep tissue techniques. In general, massage feels wonderful! A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. A Swedish 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. An absorbable creme or light oil is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. These also help hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. 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.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Close your eyes, breathe and let go. Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the therapist any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If questions come up while you're 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.

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/exercised muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, foster ease of emotional expression and create an overall sense of well-being. We respond well psychologically to bodywork with improved self-image, sense of self-worth, body awareness and body image. Depression, anxiety and touch aversion have all been reported to decrease after massage.
More in-depth information: Benefits of Massage

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 therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. A case in point: cancer. Several common cancer treatments can impact the lymphatic system; if the lymphatic system is compromised, massage therapy must be modified for safety in each person's unique situation. 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 and the massage modality, approval from your doctor may be required.


Why does your massage cost more than at places like “Bodywork Jealousy?”
There’s a world of difference between the experience of a session with me versus a session at a massage chain. To keep this positive, I’ll let you fill in the negative aspects of chains from your own experience. With me, my client is always priority number one. There’s no sales pressure. If you arrive on time, we have enough time. The setting is quiet and private. Plus, I bring 15 years of experience to each session and practice modalities of massage most therapists have no training in. But there’s more.

Why I work the way I do: quality and sustainability.
Have you ever felt the inattention of a bodyworker who’s checked out while working with you? Or worse—have you been mishandled, not heard or even ignored while your therapist goes along his or her merry way? I’ve even heard horror stories of massage “therapists” who chat on the phone while working with their clients! Unfortunately, these are the kinds of things that happen when massage is approached like an assembly-line, sell-more-widgets enterprise. We human beings have limits. And when we don’t respect them, everything we do begins to erode.

Massage is as much an energetic exchange between the therapist and receiver as an application of techniques. In order to maintain high, positive energy to share with my clients, day after day, year after year, I operate more like a small, organic producer/artist than a corporation. This spaciousness supports the quality of my service and pays in consistency—my clients know what to expect when they show up for a session with me: a prepared, energized therapist ready to focus on their needs.

It is my hope and prayer that more and more of us, from all walks of life, will use our power of choice to step outside the assembly-line mindset of the Industrial Age, beyond profit as first priority. Instead may we embrace the concept of interdependent craftspersons building good lives, not just for ourselves and our families, but for all of life.

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