Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
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 Chair Stone Massage Therapy only shoes and socks need be removed for the foot massage portion of treatment.
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 and/or light blanket.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Geo-Thermal Therapy utilizes warm smooth stones (cleansed and warmed in fresh indigenous waters) and cool gem and mineral stones which are placed in areas of stress or imbalance, applied and sometimes massaged on the skin in the most sublime and energetically effective way for the stones to “dance” and share their healing properties.
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. St8newalker has found after 20 years of massage experience along with her mentorship under traditional tutors in Lakota-Dakota healing arts, that the most effective methods include the use of gentle pressure and temperature of warm and cool gem and mineral stones. Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage, and Aromatherapy are also employed where needed for their added benefits. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, 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 is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
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, that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. You will be asked to complete a form outlining any health issues to help jog your memory so that you may fully inform practitioner of the location of any previous injuries, trauma, or areas of concern or health problem areas. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required, and if you are under a doctor’s constant care for more serious health issues, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session.
What may I expect with Bunny’s Stone Massage therapy that is different from another form of massage?
Bunny Sings Wolf Geo-Thermal Therapy, utilizing warm and cool, gem and mineral stones, is a treatment mentored traditionally (and inspired spiritually) from 7 generations of Lakota, Dakota, Nakota stone walkers (Inyan Pejuta Wiyan Wakan – sacred stone medicine woman). This therapy was practiced for centuries upon these lands, usually beside a mountain spring where cool stones were used, and warm smooth stones beside the stream, warmed by sun, were used to compress and help the fascia to naturally “unwind”.
In today’s science, this therapy is NOW, finally, recognized and known as Myo-Fascial Release, a still little known, but POWERFULL effective therapy for assisting the natural capacity of your bodys’ own inter-active healing capabilities. The stones work directly with the fascia.
Here is a must see utube video that demonstrates the power of the fascia to effect every other viable bodily function to help it best respond to the work it is designed to do for elimination of toxins, inflammation, dis-ease, stress, injury, muscle tension and pain. See for yourself in this brief but informative video how your body works to support you so that you may compliment and enjoy the benefits of a pain-free life.
What may I do to prolong the multiple benefits of Bunny's unique ancient Myo-fascial release wisdom therapy in my daily life?
Here are a few things you can do to compliment and enjoy the benefits of a pain-free life.
If you suffer from intermittent pain or inflammation?
We understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life. In our desire to be effective and fair to all clients, the following policies are honored:
48 hour advance notice is required when canceling an appointment. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to give us 48 hours advance notice a $65 no-show fee will be charged. This amount must be paid prior to your next scheduled appointment.
To secure your appointment time, a Reservation Deposit of $65.00 is required
If you miss your appointment without letting us know in ample time to re-schedule, we miss opportunity to help others who are potentially waiting for your scheduled time slot. This amount will be deducted from the cost of your therapy and is fully refundable if you cancel 48 hours before your pre-scheduled appointment. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.