Bliss Medical Massage
'The Heart of a Healer; the Hands of an Engineer.'
FAQs

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?

Must I be completely undressed?

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?

Will I be covered during the session?

What parts of my body will be massaged?

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
We have one location with two private rooms for your massage therapy. We are located in Beachwood, Ohio near Shaker Heights on Chagrin Boulevard. We share a suite with Dr. Jessica Shelley, owner of Cuyahoga Chiropractic. Your massage session will take place on a massage table in a warm, comfortable, quiet room with low lighting and soft music. If you have favorite relaxing music - bring it. We are happy to help you relax and maximize your therapy session. We will do our best to adjust temperature and lighting to your preference. 

Must I be completely undressed?
No. This is your massage therapy session and we want you to be comfortable. Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed and draped with a sheet and blanket; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should always undress to your level of comfort.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
No. The therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket. The therapist will knock on the door and ask if you are ready before entering the room.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be draped - covered with a sheet and blanket - at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being massaged will be uncovered temporarily.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, legs, feet, and hands. Medical massage appointments often focus on one or two areas of the body. You may not have a full-body massage is you are choosing a Medical Massage appointment. The goal with medical massage is to address your issue first, then spent the remaining time on the rest of the body. Please talk to your therapist to address any concerns before the session begins. The session is yours and your preferences will be respected at all times. Please inform your therapist at the beginning of your session if you prefer not to have certain areas massaged. 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A therapeutic Swedish massage is the baseline at Bliss Medical Massage. In a general Swedish massage, we begin with broad, gentle flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension. As your outermost muscles becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to deeper tissues. A light massage cream - Biotone Organic and Hypoallergenic Massage Cream - or light hypoallergenic oil is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The sesame and sunflower oil in the cream also helps hydrate your skin. As the superficial muscles relax, they invite deeper pressure to be applied on the underlying muscles down to the skeletal bones. You should communicate immediately to your therapist if you feel any discomfort or tingling or pain so that another approach may be taken. Massage is most effective when your body is not protecting itself from discomfort.

Massage has to hurt to do any good, right? This is a common misconception about massage. Delivering an effective massage is about skilled technique more than digging into deep tissues. If it were all about muscle, massage therapists everywhere would be exhausted by noon and wouldn't come back to work tomorrow. Professional therapists don't work like cookie cutters, doing the same thing repeatedly and going to the same depth with every client, every time. We treat grandmothers with osteoporosis with much less pressure than a young athlete who prefers deep connective tissue work. Female therapists can work deeply, and even if your therapist is a large man, he can give a sensitive, light massage as well.

Massage does not have to hurt to help. You can gain therapeutic benefits from a relaxing massage, which doesn't hurt a bit, or you can seek out more aggressive treatment options, which can cause some discomfort. Trigger point therapy and friction are examples of techniques, which are briefly uncomfortable, but very helpful for many conditions. If you don't want heavy pressure, say so. Massage therapists want to help you. If you're wincing under the pressure and tightening up, that will work against the goals of massage, which is to invite your body to relax, reduce pain, increase well-being, and have long, supple muscles. Massage therapists aren't in the torture business. Let your therapist know what feels good and what doesn't. Recognize that your needs and pain threshold might change with each visit.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
Yes, absolutely. There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes and pressures, including basic friction strokes, rolling and lifting movements, gentle sustained pulling of, say, neck or legs, and application of pressure to specific trigger points. Ask your therapist to describe their techniques and why they are being utilized on a specific area of the body. 

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Relax and breathe! Your therapy session will be most effective when you mindfully breathe with deep abdominal breathes and relax your mind. The therapist will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as moving your head to one side). At any time, you should feel comfortable asking your therapist questions that will help you relax and feel comfortable. 

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 deep relaxation or a meditative state, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released and removed from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink water for the rest of the day. An epson salt bath is an exceptional way to ease sore muscles and deeply relax tissues after a massage. 

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 is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

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, 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.

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