Frequently Asked Questions

How to get the most from your massage

  • Arrive a few minutes early, so that you aren't rushed, and have time to use the restroom.
  • Try not to eat just before your massage.  If you are hungry, take a small snack like fruit or yoghurt.
  • Allow yourself to breath slowly and fully; this enables you to deeply relax.
  • Communication is the key to a great massage:
      • a. Provide an accurate health history.
      • b. Let me know your expectations for your massage
      • c. Tell me about any allergies to oils, lotions, scents.
      • d. Let me know your preferences for music, or silence.
      • e. During the massage, report any discomfort, whether from the massage, the environment, such as the temperature, lighting, or music volume. 
      • f. If anything happens that you dislike or which feels uncomfortable, ask me to stop.
      • g. Don't be afraid to discuss any concerns. It's important that you feel as comfortable as possible during your massage.
  • Don't get up too quickly.  Allow some quiet time for integration and gentle transition.
  • Drink extra water after your massage.

How do I know what kind of massage technique is best for me?
Prior to your massage, I will discuss with you the reasons you want to receive massage as well as any physical symptoms you may be having.  On the basis of this information, I will suggest the type of massage that would best suit your needs.

Must I undress to receive massage?
Some kinds of massage, such as Reiki or neuromuscular repatterning (link to services offered), can be done with clothes on.  For other kinds of massage, such as Swedish and deep tissue massage, oil or lotion is applied to facilitate the strokes.  In this case, the client undresses, but may leave on underwear.  Your feeling of comfort and safety is always of the utmost importance.

Privacy - Will I be covered during the massage?
Clients are draped with a sheet or towel during a massage.  Only the area being worked on is exposed.  I leave the room while you are changing

What parts of my body will be massaged?
The goals and the length of your treatment will determine which parts of the body are massaged.  A therapeutic massage designed to treat a problem area will focus more on that area and the muscles that contribute to the dysfunction.  A relaxation massage usually includes the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands, legs and feet.  For men, a relaxation massage includes the chest and abdomen. The genitals are not massaged.

When massaging a woman, do you massage the breasts?

I provide breast massage to women who request it.  Breast massage promotes the health of the breast tissue.  It increases the flow of circulation, which is often restricted by the pressure of wearing a bra.  Breast massage increases lymphatic drainage, and the release of toxins.

How long is a massage?
At least one hour is advised for most kinds of massage.  This allows the client to deeply relax and enables the therapist to thoroughly address all of the clients needs.   A half hour session is good for treating a specific area, such as the neck and shoulders, or the legs and feet.  Many people prefer hour and a half or two hour treatments.  This works especially well for large people who want deep, specific work as well as relaxation.

What kind of lubricant is used?
The lotions and oils used are designed to lubricate and nourish the skin while providing enough glide to perform the strokes.  They are absorbed by the skin, leave little residue and wash out easily.  In the initial interview, Rezakkah will ask if you have any allergies or sensitivities, and the lotion will be chosen accordingly.

What will the massage feel like? 
It depends on the type of massage.  In a Reiki session, a clothes-on treatment, the therapist gently places her hands on different parts of the body, allowing the body to relax and balance its energy. Both Swedish and deep tissue massage use long, flowing superficial strokes which calm the nervous system, encourage slower, deeper breathing, and reduce muscle tension.  In therapeutic treatments, the therapist gently increases the pressure or focuses on specific points to relieve pain and relax specific muscles.  Stretching and passive movement of the limbs is often included to free the joints.  Should you feel any discomfort it is important to tell me immediately, so that I can modify the technique. 

How will I feel after the massage?
Most people feel very relaxed after a massage; sometimes they experience being slow or “spacey”.  In a little while, after this feeling wears off, they feel revitalized.   Following the release of long-held pain and tension, people often feel energized and experience more freedom of movement.  After an evening massage, clients often report that they sleep very soundly.   Occasionally, a deep massage treatment will cause some soreness the following day, similar to the effects of an intense workout.  Ice and Ibuprofen can be helpful.  This discomfort goes away in a day or so.

What should I do during the massage?
Do what makes you comfortable.  Some people like to close their eyes.  Some people like silence; others like to talk.  Either is okay.  I will tell you if there is anything you need to do, and you are welcome to ask questions.  The most important thing is to remember that it’s your time to be taken care of and receive.  So just relax and enjoy!

Are there medical conditions which make massage inadvisable?
Massage is contraindicated for some medical conditions.  For this reason, it is important that you inform your therapist of all medical conditions and any medications you are taking.    If you have a medical condition, we strongly recommend that check with your physician about receiving massage.  In some cases, your therapist may ask for written permission from your doctor.

Is massage safe for someone who has cancer?
Most health professionals now think that massage is very beneficial as a palliative treatment for people with cancer.  It is a very pleasant, relaxing, and soothing experience.  It can relieve pain due to muscle tension and stressful emotions, and it generates the production of endorphins which promote a feeling of well-being.  Many patients sleep better after receiving massage.  It is also beneficial for circulation in people who can’t move around very much.

Do you take insurance?
Nuance Bodywork is not currently a registered provider for any of the insurance plans.  However, with a prescription from your doctor, many insurance companies will reimburse if you present a standardized receipt and appropriate documentation, which I am happy to provide. 

Many people use a portion of their insurance called a “flex plan” to pay for their massage.  Also, many auto insurance companies will pay for massage following an accident.    With authorization for payment from the claims adjuster, I will accept deferred payment.