Whole Body Healing
Therapeutic Massage & John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
9111 West Russell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89148  

Inside Desert Canyon Business Park at Russell and 215.  This sits between the 215 and The Gramercy.  The parking lots do not connect.  9111 is one of the only single story buildings in the plaza.  Look for "Whole Body Healing" on the door.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massages are traditionally performed with the client unclothed and covered with provided sheet; however, you may undress to your level of comfort. The therapist will leave the room as you disrobe and get on to the table underneath the provided sheet and blanket.  You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable.  Only the area being worked on will be exposed.   For myofascial release sessions you will be wearing a bathing suit, swim or gym trunks or sport bra and shorts.

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 you are receiving myofascial release work, it is possible the time will not allow for a full body session.  However because everything is connected with the fascial system, it is possible to have releases in areas that did not receive direct work during the session.  Please let your therapist know any areas you'd like to focus on.

What will the massage feel like?
In a therapeutic 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. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork.  In a therapeutic massage session I combine various techniques, utilize different strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more based on what I find your body needs. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.  If you are having a myofascial release session, please read the page that describes MFR therapy. 

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.  

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that you fill out the intake form provided by the practitioner.  It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking, as well as any recent injuries or surgeries.  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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