Ki Bodyworks
Where East Meets West
Ki Bodyworks, Frequently Asked Questions

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?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
With Shiatsu and Myofascial Release, you may choose to remain in loose, comfortable clothing, preferably of natural fibers.  Swedish and Deep Tissue Massages are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet.

Will I be covered during the session?
If you choose to undress, you will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. If necessary, Evelyn will also do a bit of work on the abdominal area to release tension and possibly fascial adhesion. However, if you have a specific area of complaint, her focus will be on treating the complaint, while at the same time, connecting it to the rest of your body.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

Even though most of Evelyn's work is focused on treatments, she is skilled at working within her clients' comfort levels & would often use breathing techniques to help them relax.  The pace of her work tends to be on the slow side to allow time for the soft tissues to relax and soften to her touch. .


Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork.  Evelyn offers the following:

Shiatsu:  A Japanese form of massage with acupressure, compression and stretches.  Similar to Thai Yoga Massage.  Perfect for deep relaxation, reducing organic disturbances, harmonizing energetic imbalances and treating neuromuscular dysfunctions.  No lotion or oil is used and clients may choose to remain in loose, comfortable clothing, preferably of natural fibers.

Myofascial Release:  Focus is on separating fasciae (sheets of connective tissue surrounding muscles).  What is commonly called a ‘knot’ is a myofascial adhesion.  It is very effective for treating muscular dysfunctions and increasing range of motion.  Little or no lotion is used.

Swedish Massage:  The most popular form of Western massage.  Good for relaxation, increasing blood and lymph flow, flushing out toxins and enhancing wellbeing.  Deep tissue work is applied where needed.  Only organic oil and gluten free botanicals are used.

A session with Evelyn is usually a combination of Eastern and Western massage techniques, though clients may request a specific modality.  If and when necessary, she will show clients appropriate stretches and body mechanics and give advice on healthy living. 

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

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 slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your 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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