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Awakening Touch
Massage and Bodywork by Danielle DeLizzio, LMT
Frequently Asked Questions

Must I be completely undressed and will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Do I have to have the typical "massage music" playing during my massage?
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?
Do you do outcalls?


Must I be completely undressed?
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. No, I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel. For Thai Massage sessions you remain fully dressed. 

Do I have to have the "typical massage music" playing during my massage? 
No, you do not. The massage music I play is far from your typical spa music but if you want something different please don't hesitate to ask!  All music is played via Pandora so if there's a particular station or artist that you would like to hear just let me know. 

Will I be covered during the session?
You have your choice of either the full top sheet draping or minimal draping. Top sheet draping means that you will be completely draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. Minimal draping consists of a towel over the chest and pelvic area {pelvic area only for men}.  This is a better choice for those that do not want to be completely covered during the massage. 

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, glutes, legs, feet, abdomen, chest, hands, arms, neck, and shoulders. Scalp and face via request only.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage 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. I used a massage gel because it reduces excessive friction to the skin while leaving you feeling less greasy than typical oils.  Also, the oil/lotion combination in the gel helps to 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. Massage should not be painful but it is important to understand that in some cases, deep work can be a little uncomfortable. The phrase "hurt so good" is used a lot by clients.

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, stretching, 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 the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I 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. Do not feel obligated to talk during your massage, this is your time, however, I'm happy to converse with you should you want to. 

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 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.

Do you do outcalls?
I only do outcalls for the following: Pet Massage, Chair Massage, or if the person is elderly and/or physically unable to come to my location. Outcall fee applies.

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