What do I need to do the day of my appointment?
For best results take a hot shower or bath before your massage; the heat will loosen up your muscle tissue and make your body more responsive to treatment.
What do people normally wear for massages?
One of the main goals of massage is to make you feel relaxed. For this reason I ask that you disrobe to your comfort level for a massage. This can mean something different for everyone. The less you wear the easier it is for the therapist to provide a thorough massage but your comfort is the most important thing. Bear in mind you will always be modestly draped for your privacy.
Massage treatment with Point of Balance Bodywork is always a clinical service, sexual advances will not be tolerated.
What is the difference between remedial massage and relaxation massage?
Relaxation massage is a basic form of massage performed by certificate holders and beauty therapists. Remedial therapists can also use these basic techniques but have more extensive training to address dysfunction in the soft tissues of the body. Remedial Massage encompasses a range of techniques including stretching and trigger point therapy. For people with extensive trigger points (knots), scar tissue or fascial binding this can sometimes be slightly painful at times, but afterward the client will usually notice a marked improvement in the overall feeling and function of those muscles.
Are there any times when I should NOT have a massage?
Yes. While massage is a wonderful treat for most of us there are times when it is contraindicated. Having massage at these times can pose risks or exacerbate an existing condition. Here are the most commonly encountered contraindications.