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.
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 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.
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
Most massage and bodywork techniques 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.
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner 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 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.
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
A relaxing Swedish massage (Cool- Out) 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. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps 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.
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.
No, however, we can provide you with a receipt if you would like to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
Although tipping is an amazing gesture for your therapist's service, tipping is not mandatory nor is it expected. If you choose to tip the amount and/or frequency will be left up to your discretion. There are also other ways to show appreciation by leaving a review or referring a friend.
Currently Our policy ask that clients enter the office 5 minutes before your appointment. If you arrive earlier, we ask that you please wait in your car.
We ask that you please be courteous to us and others who are in our space and reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well. If you come in sick, then we may get sick and our clients depend on us being well.
We currently do not do massage for any minors. All patients must be 18 years of age or older.
Please note that when booking your next wellness experience you are now required to pay a security deposit. All Wellness Warriors are expected to practice cleanliness and safety when visiting HandWritten Massage & Wellness. This is to include showering/bathing before session, washing your hands prior to session, and properly wearing a face covering. Mask are still MANDATORY regardless of vaccination status. Please read all service descriptions as some require consultations first. For FAQ & more view HWMW Policies and Procedures.