FAQ
Mon-Fri 8 to 4:30 (By Appointment)
Call: (218) 235-1732

Why should I choose to receive massage at Blissful Body Massage and Bodywork in Ely, Minnesota?
At Blissful Body, you will be in the care of a professional, who takes your health and wellbeing to heart.  My training has always been above and beyond that required, and I take extra care to make sure your experience is the highest quality.  I schedule my day with time between clients.  This means that you will have time to fill out your intake forms, discuss your goals for the session, receive your full ‘table time’, and leave at a relaxed pace.  You will not feel like you are in a ‘massage factory’.  Also, this pace assures that I am fresh, ready to give you my full attention.


What can I expect on my first massage?
You will fill out a brief health history intake and required forms.  This only takes a few moments, but is important.  It gives me a lot of vital information about you and your body, and helps us define your needs so we can make a treatment plan tailored for you.


What happens during a massage?
That depends on which service you choose.  (see my list of services for a full description)  I have a wide range of services, and each is quite unique.  But, in general you can expect me to be listening to you, tuned in to your goals for the session, and tailoring your experience to your feedback.

Some clients love to have complete silence during their massage, others love to visit as a way to relax, and many will visit for a few minutes and drift off to a state of relaxation.  It is your choice, and I will follow your lead. 


What should I wear?
For Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy, and sometimes Elder Massage, clothing is worn during the session, so wear something that is comfortable and non-restrictive.
Foot Reflexology, if scheduled as a stand-alone therapy, is given with clothing on, but it is nice to have pants that can pull up to expose the calves. 

For Nurturing Massage, Prenatal (pregnancy) Massage, Elder Massage, and Lymph Drainage Massage- lotions and crèmes will be used during your session, so you may want to wear something you don’t mind getting oil on, or bring something to change into.  I use high quality oils that absorb into your skin, and provide a towel for you to wipe any excess off, so there won’t be a lot of oil.  You will be draped with a sheet and blanket during your session, only the part of your body that is being massaged will be uncovered.  You can choose to wear your ‘birthday suit’ or underpants, whatever makes you comfortable.  You will be given privacy for undressing, getting on the table and under the sheet, and dressing after your massage.  I will ask your permission to enter the room, privacy is a priority.

Oils and lotions are used in Infant and Child Massage.  Often children prefer to have a pair of shorts on, something loose and comfortable.  Parents enjoy staying in the room during the massage for their infants and children.  It is an opportunity for the parents to learn some techniques and to be near by as the child experiences something new.

For Trigger Point Therapy, Connective Tissue Massage, and Structural Integration, you need to wear underwear, and if you are a woman, a bra.  These therapies are corrective in nature and often involve posture analysis.  No oils or lotions are used for these methods.


What if I don’t have a perfect body?
No one does.  Professional massage therapists want to help you relax, get in touch with your inner Self, and improve your health.  We have seen all kinds of bodies; we do not judge or critique bodies.  Care is taken to respect and honor all clients. 

Loving your body just as it is supports you developing higher self esteem and achieving your health goals.  Massage has been proven to help clients develop a more positive self-image. 


How shall I prepare for my session of massage or bodywork?
In general, it is really nice to schedule your day so you don’t have to rush to your appointment or to your next scheduled event.  As you can imagine, that would reduce the positive effects of the experience.  If it is your first time coming to Blissful Body, take the time to make sure you know where we are located, there is a map on the contact page, and you can call if you are uncertain.  Scheduling in time afterwards for a hot soak in Epsom salts or hitting the sauna is a great way to release the toxins massage and bodywork have loosened up during your session.
Also:

  • Please take a shower the same day; in fact a warm shower just before your appointment is great. 
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or take pain medication before a massage or bodywork. 
  • Hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of fluids before and after your appointment. 
  • Please do not wear perfumes.
  • If you are having Connective Tissue Massage or Structural Integration, do not wear lotions or oils. 

Does massage hurt?
Some clients want to feel relaxed, uplifted, and experience only good feelings during their massage.  Others like to have issues addressed, and appreciate ‘good hurt’ as those knots and trigger points are massaged out.  And of course, the definition of ‘good hurt’ varies widely with the person!  When you choose to receive massage or bodywork at Blissful Body, your needs and goals are used to formulate a treatment plan.  That plan takes into consideration whether you would like a relaxing experience or a more corrective session.  Your feedback is important throughout the session; I will gauge the depth and intensity of my work to your needs.


What will I feel like after the massage or bodywork?
Depending on what kind of massage you receive and the general condition of your body, you may feel very relaxed, a bit energized, or even a little sore after your massage or bodywork!  As we begin working together, it is a process of us getting to know how your body responds to massage and fine tuning the sessions to your needs. When you are new to massage, you may feel a bit flu-ish the following day; don’t worry, it is just a sign of your body clearing out some toxins.  Drink a lot of fluids before and after your massage for a few days to flush your system. 


How often do I need massage?
If you are new to massage, have a high stress lifestyle, are recovering from an injury, or chronic pain, I recommend that you get massage once a week for starters, if that fits your budget.  As the stress unwinds, the pain subsides, or the injury heals, we can begin to set appointments a little further apart.  Maintenance levels of massage are unique to each individual, and will take some observation to find the best rhythm for you.  At the least, I recommend once a month, but many people do better on weekly, every other week, or once every three weeks.  If you wait until you are in serious pain, it can take a long time to get feeling great again- why not use a maintenance level to stay at your best, most productive health and wellness level?


What are the payment options?
Check, cash, or credit card (visa, mastercard, discover, american express) at the time of service.


Should I tip?
Tipping is at your discretion, not expected, but certainly appreciated.  A tip is a way to show appreciation for service above the standard.


When should I not get a massage?
Even though massage is a fabulous addition to your self-care routine, there are times when it is not advised, including when you have these conditions:

  • Infectious disease
  • Fever
  • Severe cold, especially the beginning stages
  • Systemic infections
  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including pain medications)
  • Recent surgery
  • Skin infections

The therapist can perform massage if you have the following conditions, avoiding the local area:

  • Sunburn
  • Varicose veins
  • Open skin lesions or sores
  • Bruises, cuts, abrasions
  • Fracture, bleeding, burns, or other acute injury
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps, inflammation, or severe pain

It is advised to get a doctor’s recommendation if you have these conditions:

  • Cardiovascular disease: thrombosis, phlebitis, hyper or hypo-tension, heart conditions, pacemaker
  • Cancer
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Edema
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hemophilia
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes

I’ve covered a lot of FAQ’s, but if you have questions that were not addressed, email me and I’ll gladly respond to your concerns.