Theresa A. Sawyer, L.M.T., M.M.P.

Licensed Massage Therapist

Medical Massage Practitioner


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where Will My Massage Session Take Place?
    Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room.  If you choose, 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, you may 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 massaged will be exposed.


  • What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
    You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session.  This will determine which parts of your body require massage.  A typical full body session will include work on your head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet and back.  You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).


  • What Will the Massage Feel Like?
    It depends on the techniques used.  Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners.  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 cream is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The cream also helps to hydrate your skin.  You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken.  Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.


  • How Long Will the Session Last?
    The average full-body massage or bodywork 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.  Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.  Hot tubs, steam baths and saunas can assist in the relaxation process.


  • What Should I Do During the Massage Session?
    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.  Others like to talk during their session.  Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.


  • How Will I Feel After the Massage 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 strongly recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.


  • Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Inadvisable?
    Yes.  It is customary that you fill out a medical health information form at the beginning of your first visit.  It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking.  The practitioner will address any medical conditions and/or medications noted on the form prior to the start of treatment.  If you are under a doctor's care, it is standard practice that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session.  Additionally, your practitioner may require a prescription for massage from your doctor.