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Ask as many questions as you need to bring you comfort before your appointment. We've compiled some of the most common ones we hear.
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room on a massage table with fresh linens unless otherwise specified. Soft music and white noise machines are used to help you relax. There is a separate waiting area and rest room, but no shower facility available.
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 and 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?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. If you would like work on the abdomen, please request it. No work will be performed in or around genital areas.
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 are 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.
Is massage covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, in the state of RI, insurance does not cover massage services. We hope that as massage becomes a more widely accepted form of care, more and more companies will embrace the benefits of it and it will begin to be covered. Until then, we do accept most Health Savings Accounts that are set up by your employer.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your massage takes place on a massage table especially designed for your comfort, equipped with a heating device to keep you warm. If you would prefer, you can request that the heater be turned down or off. The Massage Therapist will tell you what position to lie in on the table. The table may have some extra attachments or cushions, such as a face rest (which allows you to lie in a face down position without turning your head and neck). If you don't like using any attachments, ask the Massage Therapist to remove them.
We recognize that the LGBTQIA community faces tremendous challenges every day with social, political, and personal injustice. We believe that all people deserve to feel safe and cared for; especially when trusting your body and mental well being to another person. Here at HOHM, we will meet you wherever you are, and provide a safe and supportive sanctuary for you to be comfortable being 100% your truth. Our bathrooms are singularly private and omni-gender supportive. Our intake form offers you the space to inform us of your pronouns. If there is anything that we can do to make you more comfortable, we will support you in every way possible. Always, always email or call if you have any questions. Thank you.
Cancellation Policy: Out of respect for our therapists and other clients, we ask that we receive at least 24 hours notice for all appointment changes and cancellations. While we are aware and empathize that emergencies occasionally happen, we will charge a 100% service fee for any missed or late change appointments that have not given the required notice. Thank you so much for understanding.