New Moon Bodywork and Wellness
What are your professional qualifications?
I am licensed by the State of Maine to practice therapeutic massage. I have completed 500 hours of training at the National Massage Therapy Institute and am certified in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, Thai/Shiatsu Massage, and Reiki.
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room #502 located at 386 Fore Street, Portland, Maine. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table or mat especially designed for your comfort, or be seated in a massage chair. In-home massage may be provided if ALL the following criteria are met:
-You know me personally or you are a frequent, regular guest
-You have a physical condition that prevents you from climbing four flights of stairs to my studio space
-You can provide a clean, smoke free environment with sufficient space to work.
What forms of payment are accepted?
All major credit cards, cash, and some personal checks are accepted. No out of state checks, please.
Do I need to tip?
Prices are inclusive. The occasional gratuity is always appreciated, but it's not the norm, nor is it tacitly expected.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most people undress down to their underwear during table massage sessions, secure in the knowledge that I will keep them warm and properly covered at all times. However, this is completely dependent on your comfort level, and you can leave more on if you want to. Thai/shiatsu massages are provided on a mat, with guest and therapist wearing comfortable, flexible clothing.
Will my practitioner be present when I disrobe?
I 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. If you feel uncomfortable with the sensation of being covered with a blanket or sheet, you may receive your massage while wearing clothing- a pair of shorts at the very least. Private areas ALWAYS stay covered.
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. Longer sessions may also incorporate work on the face and/or abdomen. You are always in charge of which muscle groups we work on during your session. I will ask you which areas you'd like special focus on and if there's anywhere you don't want work. Genital areas are never, ever touched.
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.
Is it ok to get a massage when I am sick with a cold or the flu?
No. One of the benefits of massage is that it greatly increases circulation, but that can also mean circulation of the virus and waste products that are already in your body if you're sick, so you can actually feel worse temporarily. In addition, your cold or flu is a potential health risk to me and to the guests I see after you. Please reschedule your massage if you are sick. If you show up to an appointment with a cough or a severe runny nose, I will most likely send you home to rest and recuperate.
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, I am able to ask general health questions. 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 or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
In addition, if you have any condition that can be transmitted through casual touch or clothing, you should have it treated and make a full recovery before you receive bodywork. If anyone in your home has lice, scabies, ringworm or pinkeye, please postpone your session.
I pulled a muscle yesterday. Should I get a massage?
It's not a good idea to receive massage in the very early stages of sprains and strains when there's still a good deal of swelling, heat, and tenderness. After a few days, though, massage can significantly aid in the recovery process.
What should I do to prepare for my massage?
Hydrate! Massage can be dehydrating, so make sure you have had plenty of fluids. If you come straight from the gym, please shower before you get here, as I do not have shower facilities.
Is it ok to get a massage after taking drugs or alcohol?
No. Drugs and alcohol can alter your perception of pain, and you won't be able to accurately tell me if something is hurting you. For that reason, I will not work on you if you are visibly intoxicated. Some prescription medications can contraindicate certain types of bodywork. Please advise me of anything you are taking so we can decide on a safe and appropriate massage for you.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session? Am I supposed to talk?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. Whether we talk or not during your massage is completely up to you! Some people relax by talking, and some people relax in silence. I will take your lead. It's your massage! Please speak up if you have questions or concerns about the technique being used, find the music I play objectionable or distracting, would like additional pillows or support, if you are too hot or too cold, if something is painful or uncomfortable, or if you want deeper pressure.
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 waste products are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your appointment.
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.