Asian Bodywork Frequently Asked Questions

How should I prepare for my treatment?
It is recommended that you eat about 60 minutes or so prior to your appointment so as not to have either an empty stomach or a full belly. We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing that does not pinch or bulk around the waist. Also come prepared to provide and discuss current issues, including a list of any current medications, if applicable.

What can I expect from my treatment?
Treatments are typically performed with the patient fully clothed, lying on a massage table. The practitioner may need to do some physical tests to better assess the situation and source of pain. The area of the body treated and time spent on the various areas of the body treated depend upon the issues presented and the request for treatment. Sometimes only one area is focused on (e.g. the back), while at other times, various areas may be treated (e.g. the neck and shoulders and head), up to the entire body. In general, 90 minutes is required for a full body treatment.

Most patients leave treatments feeling a sense of ease, relaxation and relief. However, there are some instances where a client may also feel a bit tired or even a bit sore for a day or so after treatment as unwanted energies are being released and new energies are being encouraged to replace the old, requiring body energy to process. Typically after this brief healing period, patients feel much better overall.

What should I wear for my treatment?
We recommend that you wear loose, comfortable clothing that does not pinch or bulk around the waist. Because you will be lying on a massage table and turning from time to time, many clients find that a t-shirt and sweat pants tend to work best.

How is Asian Bodywork different from massage?
Unlike massage, Asian Bodywork is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture and therefore is medically based and incorporates acupressure and channel theory into the treatment. Like massage, the practitioner uses his or her hands and arms to help release blocked energies and to relieve pain. However the hand techniques are different as rolling, grasping, kneading, pinching and other methods intrinsic to Tuina ("twee-nah") are used.

How is Asian Bodywork different from acupuncture?
Asian Bodywork is based upon the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture so the foundation is the same, only Asian Bodywork uses the hands to treat rather than needles.

NOTE: Acupuncture and Asian Bodywork are not mutually exclusive. The treatments are often combined to treat various issues.

What types of things is Asian Bodywork good for?
Asian Bodywork is good for a wide variety of issues including, but not limited to:

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