What To Expect > FAQs

Do I have to get undressed?
No. Our work could include bodywork with you on the table as well as movement work on the table or in our studio, so please come in clothes that you can move in (exercise clothes such as yoga pants and not too baggy tops so it’s easier for me to see how your body moves).

How should I know what technique to ask for?
The work we do is active and involves you moving in whatever way is the most appropriate for and beneficial to your body. If you are looking for a “zone out”, snooze-inducing and very relaxing massage, I am happy to refer you to some very wonderful colleagues in the area.

Do you know best or do I know best?
You are in your body and you know best what feels good and what doesn’t. Don’t let any practitioner ever tell you that they know better and this is just how it feels. I pride myself in listening to my clients and making them feel heard and respected. This is very important!

How many sessions before I feel any improvement?
Whenever a client asks me that, I will counter with the question of how long have they had the discomfort or pain they came in with. Often times, you will feel improvement (e.g. in the range of motion of a joint that had felt constricted before) during and/or after the first session. Further improvement will happen over time. When you consider how long you might have already had this discomfort or pain and how long your body has already dealt with it one way or another, you will need to give your body enough time to incorporate the positive changes that the bodywork will bring about.

Could it get worse before it gets better?
Yes, it can. Bodywork and movement work is structural work which affects structures and soft tissues (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue (= fascia)). The body doesn’t like changes that feel too much, and how much is too much is sometimes hard to tell. In my work, I try to err on the side of just enough or a bit too little rather than trying to achieve a big change in order to give your body the chance to adjust/adapt comfortably.
At the end of each session, I will point out to you that you might feel a little worse and/or sore within the next 24 – 48 hours, but as long as this discomfort clears up after that time period, it’s ok and just your body’s way of integrating the changes we made.

A warm bath or – better yet – a hot Epsom salt bath can help alleviate this.

If after 48 hours you don’t feel any better at all, please call me at 510.828.3441.

How often should I come back?
That depends on various factors such as

  • your goals
  • your schedule
  • your budget
  • how your body reacts to the work

Consider investing in your body by receiving regular bodywork and movement sessions, and reap the cumulative benefits such as pain relief, eased anxiety and depression, strengthened immunity, enhanced sleep, reduced fatigue, and increased mobility, to name just a few.

An estimated 90% of disease is related to stress – physical or emotional. Bodywork and movement work can help you manage stress, relieve physical tensions and provide a way to achieve emotional balance.
Getting a session can do a world of good, and getting one on a regular basis can do even more! You will benefit from the cumulative effects and get an amazing return on the investment in your health and well-being.

Will you give me advice on stretches, exercises etc?
Yes. I have extensive experience with movement, be it stretching, weight training techniques, pilates, yoga, running, swimming, cycling, etc to be able to come up with just the right drill(s) for you to prolong the effects of the bodywork session. Typically, I give fewer (one or two) rather than several to increase the probability that you’ll actually find the time to do them.

I have foam rollers, The Stick, as well as Pinkie Balls available for purchase in my office. These are my favorite and most effective self-care massage tools.

Do you have a recommended products I could use at home – in-between sessions?
Yes. Indeed: here is a list [to be added soon].

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