Awakenings Craniosacral

Biodynamic Craniosacral and Polarity Massage

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my 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 touched?
What will the bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of bodywork?
What should I do during the bodywork session?
How will I feel after the bodywork session?
What are the benefits of bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make bodywork inadvisable?

Where will my bodywork session take place?
Your bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Clothing remains on during craniosacral or polarity bodywork. However, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should dress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped if you choose to remove your clothing.

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

Will I be covered during the session?
If you remove your clothing 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 treated?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Polarity bodywork helps calm your nervous system and relax. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure may be gradually increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A light oil or lotion is applied to your feet. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Therapeutic bodywork sessions are most effective when your body is comfortable.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of therapeutic bodywork; various techniques utilize light medium or deep pressure, 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?
Prior to your session, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the session, 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. You may keep your eyes open if that helps you feel more  comfortable. 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 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.

What are the benefits of bodywork?
Therapeutic 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. Therapeutic bodywork 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. 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, (for seizure or stroke) it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for therapeutic bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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