Horizon Therapeutic Bodyworks

Massage & Reiki Treatments {Specializing in Chair or Table Massage Parties}

What to Expect & Frequently Asked Questions

What To Expect During A Traditional  Onsite Table Massage At  Your Home

A typical full body session lasts one hour, to an hour and a half, and includes work on the head, face, neck shoulders, arms, hands, chest (women are draped), abdominals, legs, gluteals, and feet.  Sessions are also tailored to your preferences.  Please allow extra time for set up and breakdown, in addition to the scheduled massage time.


Before: 

Onsite massage at your home or facility, requires enough space for setting up a professional massage chair or table.  Preferably the room or area will be in a relatively non bright, quiet and private area, heated to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Going for a massage requires little in the way of preparation. Generally, one should be clean and should not eat just before a massage.  One should not be under the influence of alcohol or non-medicinal drugs.  Being well hydrated also increases the beneficial effects of massage.  

During:

If this is your first Horizon Therapeutic Bodyworks massage visit, please provide enough space for a massage table and some room to maneuver around it.   You will need to fill out a few forms so the massage can be tailored to fit your body's needs.  Proper draping is always used so that only the area being worked on is exposed.  The massage therapist leaves the room while you disrobe to your comfort level.  Then all you need to do is relax - this is your time.

After:
 
You should drink 2-3 glasses of water shortly after your massage to flush out all the toxins that have been removed from your muscles.  Depending on the session, you may be tired or energized after a massage - this is normal. 

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What To Expect During an onsite Chair or Table Massage Party

Similar room preparation and expectation Before, During and After, as above, except that no oils are used, clients remain fully clothed, except that shoes are to be removed while on the table.  Also, the sessions are abbreviated.  Note that if both a chair and table are set up, allow extra floor space for both. 

The sessions are usually shortened to about 15  or 20 minutes, depending on the number of people worked on during the Horizon Therapeutic Bodyworks agreed upon time.  For example, a three (3) hour visit will allow approximately 9 of your guests to be massaged for approximately 15 - 20 minute sessions.  These sessions are designed as a quick stress reliever for your guests and are perfect  as an introduction to therapeutic massage. 

 No preparation, No waiting, No stress!                                         

 


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Frequently Asked Questions and Information (may not apply to Chair and fully clothed Table Massage or Reiki treatments):

Where will my massage or 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 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?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?


Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
That depends on your facility.  Your massage or bodywork session should 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?
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.

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?
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?
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?
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. 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. 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 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.

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.

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.

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