HOW TO RECEIVE BODYWORK
There are many varied types of bodywork and it can be hard to navigate how to ask for what you want so here are some tips for getting a massage, whether with me or with another therapist.
The most important thing to remember is communication! Your therapist would much rather you say what you want or don’t want rather than try to guess and have you leave unsatisfied if they guess wrong. I like to say “this is your time, this is your massage”, so if you like nice flowing strokes, a firm touch, deep tissue, sports massage, full body, area focus, or a combination of all of the above, just let your therapist know!
Also: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS COMMUNICATION! You are responsible for letting your therapist know about your tolerance for massage pressure and techniques. PAIN IS NOT OK!! PAIN IS NEVER OK!! Intense is fine, intense can be great but not pain. So, don’t try to be tough, if you can’t breathe through it, if you are holding your breath and gritting your teeth and tensing up your brain is saying “nope, this is not working” so listen to your nervous system, tell your therapist to back off a bit, your body and your therapist will thank you.
TYPES OF BODYWORK
Full Body Relaxation: This is a full body massage that can be either light and flowing or firmer, think light to medium pressure. You’re not getting a lot of detailed work in this massage but it can be thorough and a little extra attention can be paid to one problem area. This is best as a 60 or 90 minute massage.
*As a side note: Every therapist you come across would love you to book a 90 minute appointment whether it is focus or relaxation, it’s not about the money, it is about the chance to do a really effective massage.
Deep Full Body: This is deeper work that some can still find relaxing however because the pressure is deeper the therapist has to go much slower as to not injure you or themselves so a 60 minute session will not include detail work if you opt for full body, 90 minutes can include full body and some extra work in one area.
Focus work: This is detailed work to address specific issues such as structure, injury rehab, sports massage, neck/shoulder pain, hip pain, foot pain, etc. Things to remember: Deeper = slower; focus work is therapeutic work,
- 30 minutes: This is good for one area such as forearms for climbers, hips for runners, neck and shoulders for you who are desk bound all day, feet for everyone because feet are our foundation. Please keep in mind that the neck and shoulders are a complex area that often require very detailed work that can take more than 30 minutes if you have significant issues.
- 60 minutes: This is a great time frame for neck and shoulder detail work, foot to hip work, back work, or a fantastic foot and neck massage…who says focus work can’t be relaxing!
- 90 minutes: Again, every therapist you come across would love you to book a 90 minute appointment whether it is focus or relaxation. For focus work 90 minutes is a great way to focus hips to head including arms, it’s a great way to get legs, feet, and hips thoroughly worked. It’s a great way to really address issues your body has.
WHAT IS FASCIAL ALIGNEMNT THERAPY OR MYODETOX?(MDX)
Fascial Alignment Therapy (FAT) or Myodetox (MDX) is similar to Structural Integration or Rolfing with a heavy focus on movement education. The idea is to look at the entire body structure. Good posture should be effortless and the goal of FAT/MDX is to give you that. I look at how your body is organized in multiple planes through postural and movement analysis, including the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) then I move your fascia, a thin full body webbing of connective tissue that holds you in place, to put your body back in to alignment with gravity and help re-pattern your movements to help you avoid going right back to where you were. This is not a one-off technique, FAT/MDX takes multiple sessions to thoroughly address the entire body. Nothing in your structure works in isolation, so a problem in your shoulder may be coming from that hike in your hip, which may be coming from that foot that is rotated and pronated. Everything functions together so the entire structure must be addressed for the work to, you know, work.*
- FAT/MDX is done in viewing clothes such as a bikini, running shorts and sports bra, workout shorts, etc. This is so your therapist can both view and work on your structure.
- Movement education with FAT/MDX ranges from addressing how you sit at work, how you lift (weights, kids, groceries), how your squat range of motion is and how to fix it, how to use those shoulders so they aren’t in pain all the time, and the list goes on and on.
*As with all of my work I am constantly pursuing education and if you have a problem that I don’t think I can work with or do not have enough experience in I have a great referral network of people who I trust can help you and I will always choose your wellbeing over my bank account.
And if you have read this far don’t forget: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS COMMUNICATION!