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Your Arrival

First, when you arrive at the office space, feel free

to have a seat in one of the chairs at the end of the

hallway on the second floor, directly on your right as

you exit the elevator, or as you enter from the second

floor doorway.  I will be with you as soon as I can.

When we enter the room, I’ll have you fill out a form

which gives me the necessary information that I need

from you to effectively meet your needs. If you have

any questions about the form, feel free to ask.

What Will The Room

Be Like?

Your massage session will take place in a warm,

comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played

to help you relax. Also, feel free to bring

your own soft music on an iPod* or CD.

You will lie on a table especially designed for

your comfort.

*Compatibility not guaranteed.

Must I Be Completely


Most massage and bodywork techniques are

traditionally performed with the client unclothed;

however, you may decide what amount of cloth-

ing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You

will be properly draped during the 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 or towel.

Will I Be Covered During The


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


You and I will discuss the desired outcome of 

your session. This will determine which parts of

your body require massage. A typical

full-body session will include work on your

back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and

shoulders. You will not be touched on or near

your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).

Will Lubricant Be Used?

I use a light, hypoallergenic lotion specifically

designed for massage, to permit your muscles to be

worked on without causing excessive friction to

the skin. The lubricants used will

hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed. 

What Will the Massage Feel Like?

It depends on the techniques used. In a general

Swedish massage, your session may start with

broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm your

nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension.

As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually

be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of

muscular tension. You should communicate with

your practitioner immediately if you feel any

discomfort so that another approach may be taken.

Massage and bodywork are most effective when

your body is not resisting.

Are There Different Kinds Of

Massage And Bodywork?

There are numerous types of massage and body-

work. Various techniques utilize different strokes,

including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement,

posture and movement reeducation, application

of pressure to specific points, and more.

How Long Will The Session Last?

The average full-body massage or bodywork

session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour

appointment only allows time for a partial massage

session, for instance the neck and shoulders,

back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer a sixty-

to-ninety-minute session for optimal relaxation.

Always allow relaxation time prior to and after

the session.

What Should I Do During The

Massage Therapy Session?

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. Others like to talk during their session. Feel

free to ask me questions about massage and

bodywork in general or about the particular

technique you are receiving.

How Will I Feel After The

Massage 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 afterward.

What Are The Benefits Of

Massage And Bodywork?

Massage and bodywork can help release

chronic muscular tension and pain, improve cir-

culation, 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 are also known to promote better

sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety,

and create an overall sense of well-being.

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Are There Any Medical Conditions

That Would Make Massage


Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that before

you begin your session, you fill out your intake form

thoroughly. 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. Many

practitioners may require a recommendation or

approval from your doctor.

What Are Your Qualifications?

Your session will be conducted by a professional

who has received proper training in Swedish, Deep

Tissue, and Neuromuscular techniques, or modalities.

I am also licensed by the state of Alabama,

The National Certification Board For Therapeutic

Massage and Bodywork, or NCBTMB, and a member

of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals,

Stephen A. Wade, LMT, #2390
Massage to Meet Your Needs
1025 23rd Street South
Birmingham, AL, 35205