WHAT DOES MY THERAPIST WANT ME TO KNOW?
This is YOUR session. Let your therapist know what you need. Do not hesitate to speak up!
If you need to change the pressure, position or if you are too hot or too cold ... speak up!
Your requests can change from one session to another. If you had a full body session last time and only want neck/back/shoulders this time, it's ok. Your therapist wants this to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER MY MASSAGE OR REIKI SESSION?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Some experience mental clarity and increased productivity and more energy which can last for days.
You may be slightly sore the next day, as if experiencing a new workout. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness.
Increasing your water intake by a glass or two helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy.
WHEN SHOULD I NOT BOOK A MASSAGE?
You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection.
Most other chronic pain or illness will not prevent you from enjoying a massage. Your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). Please ask your therapist if you have any concerns.
I'M NOT FLEXIBLE, CAN I DO YOGA?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.
This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.-Yoga Journal
HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK SHOULD I PRACTICE YOGA?
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time. If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that’s fine too. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.-Yoga Journal