What can you expext
When scheduling an appointment — whether by phone or email — please send me a short information about your general health condition (please see the “contraindications and precautions” section below). This will allow me to plan and prepare for our individual session. Our meeting begins with a herbal tea and a short conversation in which I will explain our session’s schedule. The massage takes place on a wide mat placed on the floor. It is performed through thin, loose clothes. I do not use oils (apart from facial massage, for which I am using scent-free jojoba oil). The session ends with some time to relax and awaken, then you will be served some herbal tea again and invited for another short conversation to evaluate the session’s immediate outcome. Thus, it is a good idea to add half an hour to the planned massage time.
Before the session
Learn about the contraindications (please see below) and keep me informed about your health condition as well as about your preferences or any specific issues you would like us to focus on during our sessions. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or doubts.
Do not eat for at least an hour before the massage. Take a change of comfortable, loose clothing with you (without any zippers, buttons or straps), such as a pair of leggings, tracksuit bottoms or pyjama pants plus a t-shirt or a long sleeve.
Right before the session:
Take off any jewellery (wristwatch, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc)
Turn your mobile phone off
Use the toilet if you need to
If you have to leave at a certain time, please let me know so that I can end our session right on time.
During the session
Take a deep breath, relax. Now for an hour or two try to forget about everything and everyone, enjoying the time you have made for yourself. This will allow me to get to work and will allow the session to be effective, while your body can open for change and the release of blocks. Do not try to “help” me. Try to stay loose in your body (like a doll), even in stretching and more dynamic positions.
Breath in your own rhythm. If it comes easily to you, you can try to synchronise your breath with the rhythm of the massage (breath in when the pressure is applied, breath out when it is released). This can support my work and create a nice harmony to the session. But do not worry if it does not seem to work for you — just make sure to breath in a way that feels good to you. If we are working on an area that feels particularly painful, do not stop breathing. Try to imagine you are directing your breath specifically to that area and feel how with each breath out you are helping it loosening up and releasing the block.
On a 1-10 pain scale, the massage should not exceed 7. If you feel that some technique is unpleasant of painful and you want me to loosen the pressure or stop it, say so. If you feel that you would like some more pressure (whether it is as a general rule for your massage or just for a specific area) — tell me so. If at some point you feel something important or pleasant is happening in your body, let me know as well so that we can give more consideration to that area.
After the session
Keep your eyes closed for a few more minutes, remaining in a relaxed position (like the “child pose”). Give yourself some time to fully awaken. In the meantime, I will prepare some herbal tea for you.
It’s best to arrange a session on a day when you don’t have a busy schedule or any meeting to attend to afterwards. You might feel a bit dizzy after the massage, relaxed or even a bit sleepy. The massage can also make you feel slightly more distracted or irritable as a result of an increased sensitivity to excess stimuli such as noise or crowd. If you can, retreat into a calm and silent place after the massage, which will allow you to best integrate your session. Parties, markets and other lively environments can be pretty intense and it is best to avoid them right after the massage.
Remember to drink a lot of water on the day of your massage, it’s very important. The act of releasing blocks consist of the physiological elimination of toxins from the muscle and tissue where they were clustered. It is these toxins that produce rigidity and pain. Through the motions of the massage, they are released into your bloodstream. By drinking a lot of water and urinating, you will eliminate them from your body. If you forget to drink water, instead of experiencing the desired bliss you might wake up with a terrible headache on the following morning.
Contraindications and precautions
Cases in which the massage should not be performed:
– Acute illnesses i.e. cold, flu, sore throat, diarrhea etc.
– Severe ache and pain related to nerves or when it’s unclear whether the pain is related to muscles or to nerves
– Abdominal conditions (if not diagnosed)
– Embolism or thrombosis
– Contagious skin diseases
Cases in which the massage can be performed with extra caution only:
– Pregnancy (if without complication)
– Headache (if it is not migraine)
– Injury or inflammation of muscles (the area must be avoided)
– Bone fracture or joint dislocation (the area must be avoided)
– High blood pressure, varicose veins (the area must be avoided)
Cases in which the massage is advisable with physician approval only in cases of:
– Post surgery
– Heart condition, diabetes, stroke, chronic illness conditions
If there is anything else that I should know, please let me know about it.
If you have any doubts or questions – please don’t hesitate to ask!