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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. Can I have a "deep tissue" or "sports" massage?
  5. Will my treatment hurt?
  6. Will I hurt after a treatment?
  7. My back (neck, shoulder, knee, etc.) didn’t hurt until you touched it. What happened?
  8. I was referred to you for Craniosacral Therapy, but will you please work on more than just my head?
  9. Can bodywork fix my illness (or injury, insomnia, tinnitus, etc.)?
  10. Can you treat 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 remain covered by sheets and 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?

    Please tell us if you could be more comfortable at any time. You can request additional blankets and heat, or a lighter cotton sheet and no blanket.  A comfortable temperature is necessary for relaxation to occur.

    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.  Some clients sleep. Occasionally, a client likes to talk.  It’s your time. It’s up to you.

    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.  Gently direct your attention to wherever we’re working, and experience each moment.

    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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  7. Can I have a "deep tissue" or "sports" massage?

    We specialize in gentle massage for soothing and relaxation. Clients seeking especially firm work might prefer a different practitioner.

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  9. Will my treatment hurt?

    Our work tends to be gentle to medium pressure, not firm.

    You are in charge of the level of pressure and the techniques used in your treatment.  If you feel discomfort, please tell us right away.

    Some  bodies respond best to very gentle work.  Others benefit from pressure at the edge of discomfort, sometimes called “hurts good.”  However, therapeutic pain never creates the urge to pull away, clench your jaw, or tell your therapist to stop. If you feel those urges, please say something.

    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 I hurt after a treatment?

    Some clients might feel tenderness or mild soreness for a day or two after a treatment, even with the gentlest techniques.  The body makes changes for days or weeks following a treatment.  It might similar to the soreness you feel after exercise.  But if you feel sharp pain or uncomfortable sensations that do not resolve within a couple days, please call us.

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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 discover that they simply hadn’t been paying 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. I was referred to you for Craniosacral Therapy, but will you please work on more than just my head?

    Craniosacral Therapy is a full-body treatment.  Your treatment 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 bony area of your spine below your lumbar (low back) vertebrae and 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 (or injury, insomnia, tinnitus, etc.)?

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

    Stress is a well-documented factor in pain, illness, and overall health. The symptoms of many conditions may improve with bodywork. The only way to discover the improvements you might get from bodywork is to try it.

    Sometimes getting results takes two or three treatments.  If a condition is caused by daily activities, such as chronic illness, driving for several hours a day, repetitive motion, or other chronic stressors, treatment may need to be ongoing.

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  19. Can you treat 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 seeking stress reduction through Craniosacral Therapy, Message Therapy, and Foot Reflexology might well notice improvements with the symptoms of underlying conditions.

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

    We do not specialize in medical massage or orthopedic massage, which is far more targeted in addressing specific areas of complaint. If you need medical or orthopedic massage, or a practitioner who takes insurances, we will be happy to refer you to a qualified colleague.

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

    All our services are geared tower relaxing the entire body, which also relieves specific areas. Sheryl got professional training in Foot Reflexology after discovered that receiving foot massage relaxed her back more effectively than receiving back massage.

    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.  It takes practice!

    Demanding that the body relax can actually increase stress, create fear of failure, and put relaxation out of reach.  Instead, we encourage you to show up exactly as you are and to observe without judgment how you are feeling. Together, we’ll create the conditions that foster relaxation.

    We offer a comforting environment in which to do relax.  Clients who bring the desire and intention to relax observe that, with practice, over time, the benefits of bodywork begin lasting longer between treatments.

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  25. Do you do energy work?

    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?

    • Craniosacral Therapy does not include the use of products.
    • In Massage Therapy, the main oil we use is pure, unscented, organic jojoba.  It is soothing and moisturizing for the skin, hypoallergenic to nearly everyone, and in our experience doesn’t stain clothing. We ask whether you would like us to use essential oils or prefer unscented only.
    • A Foot Reflexology session begins with an optional warm soak in a foot bath. Essential oils are optional as well. The treatment continues with organic cream or jojoba oil.
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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 that we like and that we 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 another practitioner or modality would better meet your needs.  We will do our best to refer you to a professional more compatible with what you seek.

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

    We are as human as you. We are just as vulnerable to illness, stress, aging, 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 (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 your treatment time 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 save money by purchasing five treatments in advance at a discounted rate, and enjoy having several treatments awaiting them.

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