FAQs

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Where will my massage session take place?
What do I wear during the massage?
What do I do during a massage therapy session?
How will a massage feel?
Will the massage oils used make me break out?
Is massage always appropriate?
How long will a massage therapy last?
How will I feel after the massage therapy session?
What is Kriya?
What products do you use?
What forms of payment do you accept?
What are your policies?
How do I make an appointment?


What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. When you arrive you be will required to fill out a health history form. After, together we will discuss what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. I may perform certain assessments to evaluate your condition.

Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort. Depending on the time of year, the table may be heated for added comfort. If you are cool, blankets can be used to cover you. The room is pictured to the right.

What do I wear during the massage?

For a full body massage, most people undress completely. But your comfort level is of the utmost importance, therefore you are asked to undress to a level at which you are comfortable. It is possible to recieve a massage fully clothed, if that is what is most comfortable for you. You will be given privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet or a towel, except the area being worked on.

What do I do during a massage therapy session?

Make yourself comfortable. If I want you to adjust your position, I will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

How will a massage feel?

It depends on the techniques used. Your session may start with long, 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. Coconut oil will be used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that I can use another approach or technique.

Will the massage oils used make me break-out?

The massage oil I generally use for massages is 100% pure organic virgin coconut oil. I do have 100% organic Jojoba oil available for anyone who may have an aversion or allergy to the coconut oil.

This coconut oil is hand processed on a family farm. Coconut oil is antibacterial, food grade and healthy for the skin and hair. It does have a mild natural coconut smell that is pleasant. It is readily absorbed by the skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth, not greasy. It is great in the winter months for nourishing dry skin.

Jojoba oil is more of a wax like substance, than an oil, that comes from seeds. It is most like the skin's own natural oils, so it is less likely to clog poors and does not feel greasy. Jojoba oil can also reduce the effects of dry skin. Because it is a wax rather than an oil, it is less likely to stain cloth, and washes off the skin easier.

Because of these properties it is unlikely that your skin will react. If you have sensitivities, please let me know so we can find an oil that will work for you.

What products do you use?

I research all products before I use them in my practice to ensure that I am using the best, safest quality products on your body. I use products that are all natural coming from plants, many are organic when I can find them.

Is a massage always appropriate?

No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session. I will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform me 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 prior to any session.

How long will a massage therapy session last?

The average full-body massage 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. Most places charge for an hour massage, when you in fact only get 50 minutes. While I try to keep each massage session to an hour, it is not always possible. I let people know that sessions may last anywhere from 50-70 minutes, depending on what is going on with your body at that time.

How will I feel after the massage therapy 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. You will recieve a complimentary bottle of water.

What is "Kriya"?

Kriya Massage™ is a flowing, constantly connected, series of never ending strokes. It lets the client relax so completely that stress in the body and the mind are temporarily on vacation. Kriya Massage™ has the ability to integrate with other therapeutic techniques including, but not limited to Reflexology, Kriya Neuromuscular™, and Deep Joint Release resulting in structural rebalancing. Kriya Neuromuscular™ practitioners use their intuition to listen to and respond to the body’s innate knowledge of how deep to go to create the release of tension without creating more injury. The most common response after a Kriya Massage™ session is a sense of feeling complete, calm and rejuvenated.

What forms of payment do you accept?

The accepted forms of payment are cash, VISA and Mastercard.

What are your policies?

Policies can be found here.

How do I make an appointment?

The first appointment must be made over the phone. You can reach me at
(603) 370-7162. Please leave a message if you do not reach me directly. I may be in session and will return your call as soon as I can.
After the first appointment you can make appointments by phone or by email laura at elementalbodytherapies.com

The information on this entire website is not intended to replace a personal relationship with a qualified health care professional and is in no way intended as medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease, and is not meant to replace medical advice. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and with a qualified health care professional.

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