Annie Brock, LMT Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

State Licensed in Michigan

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the possible benefits of therapeutic massage and bodywork?

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

Are there any medical conditions and wellness care programs that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Do children/minors benefit from massage therapy and/or Reiki?

What are the possible benefits of therapeutic massage and bodywork?
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decrease anxiety
  • Deep relaxation and stress reduction
  • Relieve muscle tension, stiffness and spasms
  • Improve posture
  • Greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhance sleep quality
  • Vital energy
  • Boost athletic performance
  • Deeper and easier breathing
  • Improve concentration with calm thinking and creativity
  • Increase circulation of blood and lymph fluid
  • Calm high blood pressure
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Satisfy the need for caring and nurturing touch
  • Better self image and mind-body awareness

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Lessen depression and anxiety
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling
  • Reduce spasms and cramping
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller
  • Relieve migraine pain

*Massage therapy and bodywork are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. 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 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.

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 stretching. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you.  You should undress to your level of comfort, and underpants are worn at all times.  You will be properly draped to keep you warm and comfortable, and only the area being worked on will be exposed.  A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, head, neck, and shoulders.  Reiki sessions are performed with the client fully clothed.

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? 
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.

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.

Are there any medical conditions and wellness care programs that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes.  There are health conditions and wellness care programs which advise against (contraindicate) massage therapy and bodywork.  Whether that caution is for the whole body or local regions depends on the condition and the type of bodywork.  Any bodywork performed must accomodate for those possibilities.  Your therapy session is tailored to you!  Appointment cancellations on-site are rare, but are necessary in certain situations.  If you have questions when making your appointment, please ask!

That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, you answer 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.

Clients with disabilities need to be assessed prior to every massage.  Please provide written medical clearance or approval from a health care provider or doctor.  Clients are unable to be lifted or moved from a wheelchair or other equipment.  If a health care aid is needed, s/he must be available during the full duration of the massage in case assistance is needed.

Do children/minors benefit from massage therapy and/or Reiki?
Yes.  The parent/guardian must sign the in-take consent form and participate in a pre-massage interview.  In addition, it's preferred that a parent be present for the first session.  Parents and legal guardians must also be available in the building to assist during the massage if needed.  Shorter sessions are recommended, usually 30-45 minutes. 
Note: Children must wear underpants/briefs during the massage, no exceptions.

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