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Frequently Asked Questions

In this section is provided answers to the most commonly asked questions about massage therapy, yoga and pedicure's. Enjoy the information and share it with others. If you do not find what you are looking for, don't hesitate to get in touch.

First appointment:

You should come to your first appointment 10 to 15 minutes early to fill out a general health form.  For a full body massage most people undress completely, though you may choose to wear underwear.  Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and during the session you are covered except for the area being worked on.  You will relax on a padded table designed for stability and comfort.  The room will be quiet, often with soft music to set a relaxing mood.  Most techniques require lotion, and for some none is used.  A massage or bodywork session usually begins with relatively gentle pressure to calm your nervous system and begin releasing superficial tension.  Gradually working deeper to address specific areas.


What should I do during a massage?

Make yourself comfortable.  If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, they will either move you or will tell you what is needed.  Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.  Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a session: others prefer to talk.  It's your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax.  Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.  The desire to sigh or take a deep breath is a sign that you are relaxing.  In fact, deep natural breaths can actually help you relax.

How will a massage feel?

Massage on healthy tissue feels good.  The normal response is to slow down, breathe deeply, and relax.  The most effective and deepest massage works with the body's natural responses, not against them.  Working in the area of an injury or chronic pain may at first cause some discomfort, which usually lessens in the first few minutes.  Your massage therapist knows ways to minimize pain, and will work carefully within what feels right to you.  Always tell your therapist if you feel any pain or severe discomfort so they can adjust.

What should I expect afterwards?

Massage and bodywork can be profoundly relaxing, affecting all your body's systems.  Give yourself a moment to reorient before slowly getting up.  After a session, most people feel very relaxed.  Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over months of tension or repetitive activity.  After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days.  Sometimes you may not feel dramatic results right away. Watch for changes over the following days, such as pain relief, increased mobility, or reduced stress.

Yoga FAQ's


Question: Can I Do Yoga Even Though I'm Not Flexible?


Answer: Don't avoid yoga just because you think you aren't flexible. In fact, if you have tight muscles, yoga is just the thing to loosen you up. The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but rather to become more flexible over time while enjoying yoga's health benefits. Yoga is not like gymnastics, in which the most flexible person gets a medal. It is a personal practice, infinitely adaptable to fit your needs.


Question:  What is yoga?


Answer:  The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.

What is commonly referred to as "yoga" can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses.

Asana is only one of the eight "limbs" of yoga, the majority of which are more concerned with mental and spiritual well-being than physical activity. In the West, however, the words asana and yoga are often used interchangeably.

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Yoga Poses

Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement (vinyasa-style yoga) or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect thealignment of the pose. The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the tradition in which the teacher has trained.

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Yoga Practice

Yoga teachers will often refer to "your practice," which means your individual experience with yoga as it develops over time. The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice is always evolving and changing, so it never gets boring. Although the poses themselves do not change, your relationship to them will. Anyone can start a yoga practice, even if you don't feel like you are very flexible or very strong. These things will improve the longer you practice. Another great thing about thinking about "your practice" is that it encourages the noncompetitive spirit of yoga. One of the most difficult, but ultimately most liberating things about yoga is letting go of the ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else. Everyone is just doing their best on any given day.

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Yoga Classes

In addition to practicing the poses, yoga classes may also include instruction on breathing, call and response chanting, meditation, playing of singing bowls, and/or an inspirational reading by the teacher. The variety and amount of this will depend on the individual teacher and the yoga style in which he or she is trained. Typically, a yoga class at a gym will be more focused on the purely physical benefits of yoga, while one at a yoga center may delve more into the spiritual side. Some people find that the physical practice of yoga becomes a gateway into a spiritual exploration, while others just enjoy a wonderful low-impact workout that makes them feel great. Whatever your tendency, you will be able to find a yoga class that suits your style.

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