Frequently Asked Questions


What to Expect With Your Massage
Once inside the building, please be certain to silence your electronic devices and keep your voice level low as you have a seat in our shared waiting area.  Jane will come get you from here.  There are other practitioners and their clients working in the surrounding offices of this old building.

Where Will My Massage Session Take Place? 
Your massage 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. Commonwealth Massage Therapy, LLC's office is located on the first floor of the Shala Center. Please note that there are approximately 8 steps leading up to the main door of the building at the front, and a wheel-chair ramp leading the the front porch along the 8th Street side of the building.

Must I Be Completely Undressed? 
Most massage 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.

Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe? 
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress. Before the practitioner returns to the room, they will knock first to ensure that you are on the massage table and covered under the sheet and/or blanket.

Will I Be Covered During the Session? 
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 Massaged? 
You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female). Both written and verbal consent will be required before your practitioner preforms gluteal massage work.

What Will the Massage Feel Like?
It depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. 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.

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, and more. Ask the practitioner about the methods he or she uses.

How Long Will the Session Last? 
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour.  A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet.  Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation.  Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.

What Should I Do During the Massage 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.

What Are the Benefits of Massage?
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 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. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

Inappropriate Conduct:
Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Massage sessions are not of a sexual nature. Sexual or provocative behavior during a massage session is always unethical and inappropriate. Such behavior will result in immediate termination of the session with payment due in full. Future appointments will be denied.