Susie Garton - Shiatsu & Massage Therapy
Shiatsu & Massage @ Towncrest and Solon

Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect when arriving during Covid-19 pandemic?
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?

What to expect when arriving during COVID-19 pandemic? 

Before you arrive, the therapist will rigorously disinfect and sanitize all surfaces in the treatment room, waiting area and bathroom. The therapist will take her temperature that morning.  Any signs or symptoms in the previous 24-48 hours  will be shared with clients and appointments rescheduled if necessary.  A mask and face shield will be worn. The therapist will change tops between each client and put previously used linens in covered containers.  A HEPA air purifier will be used. Lotion and oil bottles will be sanitized each time.

When you arrive, please wait in your car or outside until therapist waves you in. Please leave unnecessary personal items in your vehicle. The waiting room will not be available for use, so please come alone or have your person wait in the car.    A mask will be mandatory by everyone.  The therapist will be responsible for opening of all doors. Your temperature will be taken at the door with touch less forehead thermometer.   Please make use of the hand sanitizing station or wash your hands in the bathroom.  Please remove shoes outside the door.  Once in the room, there will be a plastic container for your clothes that is disinfected between each client.  Please keep conversation to a minimum. Once session is over,  please open door with paper towel, but remain in the room. If payment is by check or cash, there will be an envelope to place it in.  The therapist will put on new gloves for credit payment after thoroughly washing hands. 

 

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork 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.

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. Shiatsu can be performed through comfortable clothing.

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?

During a strictly Shiatsu massage, no oil or lotion is used. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension.  With integrative massage 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 and different pressures  which includes basic gliding strokes, 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.

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.