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CranioSacral Therapy · Massage Therapy · Foot Reflexology

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What should I wear to my treatment?
  2. What if I’m too cold/warm?
  3. What should I do during my treatment?
  4. What if I fall asleep?
  5. Will my treatment hurt?
  6. Will it hurt after a treatment?
  7. My back (neck, shoulder, knee, etc.) didn’t hurt until you touched it. What happened?
  8. My doctor recommended Craniosacral Therapy, but will you please work on more than just my head?
  9. Can bodywork fix my illness/injury/insomnia/tinnitus/etc.?
  10. Can I get bodywork for my disease or medical condition?
  11. Can you fix my frozen shoulder, neck spasm, low-back injury, etc.?
  12. What if I have a tough time relaxing?
  13. Do you do energy work?
  14. What kinds of products do you use?
  15. What if I don’t like the music?
  16. What if working with you isn’t helping me?
  17. You must be so relaxed all the time and never get sick.
  18. What if I need to cancel my appointment?
  19. How soon can I get in?
  20. How far in advance can I schedule my appointments?
  1. What should I wear to my treatment?

    • Craniosacral Therapy clients wear loose, comfortable clothing.
    • Massage Therapy clients disrobe in private (underwear may be left on if that’s more comfortable) and are fully covered by sheets and, if they want, blankets.
    • Foot Reflexology clients wear comfortable clothing that’s easy to adjust for access to the feet and lower legs.
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  3. What if I’m too cold/warm?

    During any treatment, please tell us if you could be more comfortable. You can request additional blankets and heat, or a lighter cotton sheet and no blanket.  Your body’s comfort with the temperature is key to your ability to relax.

    One of the primary functions of your muscles is to keep the body warm, which they do by clenching to generate heat – most likely the opposite effect you want when you work with us.  Please let us know if you are too cold or too warm.

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  5. What should I do during my treatment?

    A client may relax and drift off during the session.  Another may tune in to the work and the body’s responses to it.  Another may sleep. Occasionally, a client likes to talk.  It’s your session to use as you will.

    If you’re not sure what to do during your session, we invite you to tune into your breathing, observing it without trying to change it.  Tune into the sensations of your body.  Bring your attention to meet us wherever we’re working, and experience each moment.

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  7. What if I fall asleep?

    Many, many people are sleep-deprived.  Sometimes falling asleep during a session yields the deepest sleep a client will get that week.  We’re grateful to be able to offer that space and time to someone who needs it.  Your snoring is a compliment to your practitioner.

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  9. Will my treatment hurt?

    You are in charge of the level of pressure and the techniques used in your treatment.  If you feel uncomfortable, please tell us.  Some clients’ bodies respond best to a treatment that creates no pain at all.  Other clients benefit from “therapeutic pain,” which “hurts good.”  Therapeutic pain does not create the urge to pull away, clench your jaw, or tell your therapist to stop.

    Your body tells you when the work is right for you and when it isn’t. Please tell us – it’s the only way we’ll know.

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  11. Will it hurt after a treatment?

    Some clients might feel tenderness or soreness for a day or two after a treatment, even with work as gentle as Craniosacral Therapy.  The body makes changes for days or weeks following a treatment.  Sometimes the response to this is a feeling which might be like the soreness you feel after exercise.  If you feel sharp pain or sensations that concern you, please call right away us and let us know.

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  13. My back (neck, shoulder, knee, etc.) didn’t hurt until you touched it. What happened?

    This really is a frequently asked question! We are careful to avoid causing harm.  Most often, clients who ask this question realize that they simply hadn’t paid attention to an area of the body that needed attention. However, if you feel sharp pain or other sensations that cause concern, please call us or your medical provider.

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  15. My doctor recommended Craniosacral Therapy, but will you please work on more than just my head?

    Craniosacral Therapy is a full-body treatment.  Your session may include work on the back, hip, shoulder, and other areas.  “Cranio” refers to the cranium, or skull.  “Sacral” refers to the sacrum, or the area of your spine just below your lumbar vertebrae and just above the coccyx (tailbone).  The word “craniosacral” describes the foundation of the work, but the bodywork occurs wherever you need it.

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  17. Can bodywork fix my illness/injury/insomnia/tinnitus/etc.?

    The only way to discover the improvements you might get from bodywork is to try it.  Many conditions respond to bodywork.  Sometimes it takes two or three sessions.  If a condition is caused by daily activities, such as chronic illness, driving for several hours a day, repetitive motion, or chronic stressors, treatment may need to be ongoing.

    We do not believe bodywork “cures disease,” and we refer people needing help with medical conditions to medical professionals.

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  19. Can I get bodywork for my disease or medical condition?

    We are not medical professionals.  We do not diagnose or treat medical conditions.  When someone calls us for a diagnosis, medical treatment, or emergency, we refer them to a doctor.  That said, bodywork helps people living with medical conditions to live more comfortable lives and feel more at home in their bodies. Since stress aggravates all conditions, clients experiencing stress reduction through Craniosacral Therapy, Message Therapy, and Foot Reflexology might well notice improvements in their condition.

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  21. Can you fix my frozen shoulder, neck spasm, low-back injury, etc.?

    We will work on specific areas at your request, and there’s a good chance you’ll feel relief from musculoskeletal discomfort.  Craniosacral Therapy is especially effective at releasing tissue restrictions.

    Our Massage Therapy differs from medical massage or orthopedic massage, which is far more specific to areas of complaint. If you need medical or orthopedic massage and someone who works with insurances, we are happy to refer you to a qualified professional colleague.

    All our services relax the entire body, which brings relief to specific areas, too.  Regularly attaining the relaxation response improves every system in the body, frees up musculoskeletal movement, facilitates more effective immune system function, and improves mental/emotional well-being.

    Receiving bodywork regularly soothes the nervous system and creates a positive feedback loop of better health and wellness. Safe, relaxing touch is protective.  It’s a sensible long-term investment in your quality of life.

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  23. What if I have a tough time relaxing?

    Relaxation is a skill anyone can learn.  Demanding that the body relax can increase stress, create fear of failure, and put relaxation out of reach.  Instead, we encourage you to show up exactly as you are, to observe without judgment how you are feeling, and then together we’ll create the conditions that foster relaxation.

    We offer a comforting space and attitude in which to do that.  Clients who bring the desire and intention to relax can observe what happens, with practice, over time and the increased duration of benefits between sessions.

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  25. Do you do energy work?

    While there is an energetic component to all bodywork, the modalities we offer are interventions at the physical level.  Of course, we humans respond to touch with more than physical responses.  A growing body of research shows that healing touch improves emotional well-being as well as enhancing physical health.   If that’s energy work, then we do it.

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  27. What kinds of products do you use?

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  29. What if I don’t like the music?

    Please let us know if you prefer music other than what we’re playing, or if you prefer to hear no music at all.  We select music we like and believe contributes to a relaxing, healing experience.  We completely understand that responses to music are highly individual. Please tell us.

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  31. What if working with you isn’t helping me?

    Our commitment to clients’ health and well-being includes respecting when someone would be better served by working with another professional or in another modality.  We will do our best to refer you to a qualified practitioner who can better meet your needs.

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  33. You must be so relaxed all the time and never get sick.

    We are as human as you, just as vulnerable to illness, stress, and sleepless nights.  We are committed to our own health and well-being.  As wellness professionals, we consider it a matter of integrity to take good care of ourselves.  We enjoy life more when we exercise, eat healthily, balance work with relaxation and fun, do daily meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices, and, yes, receive bodywork from other skilled professionals.

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  35. What if I need to cancel my appointment?

    We ask 24-hour notice for cancellation. You can leave us a phone message or email us 24 hours a day.

    We value your time and ours. We reserve the right to charge clients (or void gift certificates) for missed appointments when we’ve received no notice. We understand that occasionally something comes up which cannot be missed, and we are flexible with emergencies.

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  37. How soon can I get in?

    Sometimes we can get you in the day you contact us, or very soon after. If you know you want to come in at a particular time and date, it's best to reserve our time with you as soon as possible.

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  39. How far in advance can I schedule my appointments?

    Please feel free to schedule with us as far in advance as you like, months even. Many clients use our pre-buy deals for discounted rates, and enjoy having several treatments awaiting them, even scheduling those treatments at the time.

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