Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
We understand that the needs of a child will be different for each individual. Taking this into consideration we have formualated the option to work in office or in the comfort of a families home.
What does a therapy session involve?
Typically the first session will consist of building trust with therapist and child and involve demo massage on caregiver, education on techniques to use for specific behaviors and symptoms, and a massage routine for parent to use that week.
My child may not want you touch them what will you do?
Establishing a relationship with your child is crucial to them being able to receive touch. My training has given me tools to build repore slowly so when given permission by them I am able to move forward with touch.
What would the first session be like?
After getting to know a little bit about your child and their individual needs I can better aproach them in a setting to offer massage. I may have a few sensory toys or something like a puppet to use as an approach to aid in massage. We can use a story to draw pictures and paint a visual onto their back. I understand it may take time in some situations so knowing the first appointments may be more about learning and care for parent.
How will you approach my child?
We recognize how completely individual each child can be and are ready to adapt to all behavior and reaction. The most critical element is permission so until we have established trust we may not see massage treatment in the first sessions. I will use things like toys, puppets and demo on parents as to what touch will look like.
Will me or my child I be undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed on skin unclothed; however, all of my pediatric massage is performed on children fully clothed in comfortable loose fitting attire. The massage I provide for caregivers should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session for adult will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Glutes and abdominals may be incorporated as well.
For pediatric massage short massages on different areas like back, arms, hands, legs, feet, head, face and scalp are administered.
What are general 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.
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, 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.