New Day Massage & Bodywork
Jessica Day, CMT, LMT
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not addressed below, feel free to Get In Touch for more information.
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 is your gratuity policy?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques 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. For Thai Yoga Massage, On-Site Massage and Sports Recovery Massage, clients remain fully clothed.

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 clean linens.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. For Thai Yoga Massage, On-Site Massage and Sports Recovery Massage, the client remains fully clothed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, glutes, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Abdominal work may be a part of the treatment. You are welcome to decline touch on any particular part of your body, at any time during the massage.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin.

Deep Tissue Massage need not be painful to be effective, and can feel very relaxing. If the pressure begins to push your level of comfort, deep, slow breathing can help further relaxation and allow the soft tissue to let go of tension.

Thai Yoga Massage and Sports Recovery Massage often include passive or active stretching, so there is more movement involved in the session. The depth of a stretch need not be painful to be effective; you will be stretched only so far as it is comfortable.

For all modalities, you should communicate 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 bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you, and you can read about the different modalities offered by New Day Massage & Bodywork by clicking here.

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.

What is your gratuity policy?
You may show your gratitude by leaving a testimonial, referring a friend, family member or co-worker, and of course, by booking another appointment! As a health care practitioner licensed by the State of New Hampshire and certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Jessica strives to maintain the highest standards of the massage profession. Other health care practitioners such as doctors, chiropractors, mental health therapists, and physical therapists, do not receive gratuities. Every client at New Day Massage & Bodywork deserves and will receive professional, high quality, individualized care, so there is no need to worry about a tip!

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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