Trauma-Informed massage therapy is an approach to massage that respects the trauma and healing of clients. It mindfully addresses the body, mind and spirit and hold space for the experience of the client.
Your massage session will take place in your home or office. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will receive massage on a table or in a chair specially designed for massage.
No, you are not required to be undressed at all. It is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You may undress to your comfort level, whether that be wearing nothing at all or leaving all of your clothes on! You will be properly draped during the entire session. During chair massage you will be fully clothed.
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, cover yourself with a clean sheet, and relax onto the table.
You will be properly draped at all times and only the section of the body being worked on will be exposed.
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, glutes, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, chest, and shoulders. Occasionally the abdomen will be massaged as well.
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a 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. A blend of Shea butter and grapeseed oil will be used during the sessions with essential oils for a variety of benefits. 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.
All of Savannah Rose Massage Therapy’s massages are professional massage experiences. Savannah Rose offers Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuro-muscular(Trigger point) Therapy, Pre-natal Massage, Massage for lower back, shoulder and neck pain and The Spa Experience. We also offer a foot soak and mask add on. We can discuss which techniques, style and experience would be most appropriate for you.
When your therapist arrives, expect them to come to the door with their table and supplies. They will ask to be shown the space to set the table up in and get to work setting up. After the table is set-up and prior to the massage, your therapist will go over your intake form with you, ask about any injuries or medical concerns and give you the opportunity to share what is going on in your body. You will also be able to ask any questions you may have at this time. After you and the therapist finish talking the therapist will ask you to undress to the level of your comfort and leave the room to wash their hands while you get on the table. After undressing you will get under the top sheet. During the massage, you are expected to make yourself comfortable and to communicate any needs you have during the massage, ie. more pressure, less pressure, or discomforts. The therapist may manipulate your limbs or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as turning over). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need any adjustments to be made, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
Most people feel very relaxed, even “Massage Drunk”. Some experience immediate relief from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity or increased range of motion. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. After some deep work you may experience soreness for up to 3 days. This is normal and you will often feel much better after the initial soreness wears off.
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 is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being. You can read more benefits here.
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.