Common Questions

What services are offered?

Body Beneficial Massage and Wellness offers therapeutic massage services and advanced skin care products such as all natural body lotions, as well as, a variety of other health and personal care products from Jeunesse Global.  To learn more about the company, purchase products, or find out about becoming an independent distributor, click the Jeunesse Global tab on this site or visit my Jeunesse Global homepage at www.bodybeneficial.jeunesseglobal.com

What is the difference betwewen Swedish massage and deep tissue massage?

A Swedish massage, often referred to as a relaxation massage, uses long, smooth-flowing strokes with light to firm pressure applied by the therapist hands and foreams.  Swedish massage is commonly used for its benefits of pain relief, reduction in anxiety and depression, reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, increased lympyh flow and blood circulation, which aids in preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, and improving sleep.  It is common for clients receiving a Swedish massage to fall asleep during the session.

A deep tissue massage or deep muscle therapy focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue through the use of slow strokes, which allows for deeper pressure to be concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and fascia.  Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down adhesions in muscles, tendons, and ligaments caused by chronic muscle fatigue or injury.  Deep tissue massage is commonly used for its benefits of relief of chronic muscle pain, inury rehabilitation, increased mobility, and postural restoration.  It is common for clients receiving a deep tissue massage to experience brief moments of slight discomfort when the therapist is treating areas of the body that are holding tension or have developed myofascial trigger points, better know as "knots".  Immediate communication with the therapist is essential if the discomfort level becomes intolerable so a softer application of pressure or a different approach can be taken.

What parts of the body are typically involved in a massage?

A full-body massage session includes the back, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, scalp, legs, feet, glutes, pectorals, and face.  Both the Swedish and deep tissue massages can be customized to your needs and liking during the initial consultation that will take place prior to the session. 

What does a massage feel like? 

A massage begins with light, slow-paced strokes, accompanied by the application of warm lotion or gel, to reduce the amount of friction on the skin.  This is done to begin the relaxation process of the body through calming the central nervous system, slowing the heart rate, and easing muscle tension.  As the body becomes relaxed, the muscles will begin to "invite" the therapist in allowing for deeper pressure to be achieved.  The client will begin to feel an increase in circulation and body temperature creating a calming or sometimes euphoric effect.

What should I expect prior to the massage?

All new cleints will have an initial consultation with the therapist.  This is the first and most important step in the process of building a strong therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client.  The initial consultation typically last 10-20 minutes, and covers a number of topics such as medical history, current lifestyle, desired short and long range goals of receiving massage, treatment preferences, and general information about the company and the therapist.

Established clients will have an abbreviated 2-5 minute consultation with the therapist, prior to each session, in order to discuss any new illnesses and desired goals for that particular session.

It is recommended that clients arrive at least 15-minutes prior to the scheduled start of the session, which provides ample opportunity to utilize the restroom, turn-off all electronic devices, and start to relax. 

What should I expect during the massage?

The massage session will take place in a dark, quiet area and all electronic devices will be silenced or turned off, with the exception of soft music if desired; thus, allowing the client to relax both mentally and physically.  The client can expect to feel a variety of both soft and firm applications throughout various locations on the body.  Make yourself as comfortable and relaxed as possible, allowing your body to mold to the therapist hands.  You will also experience your neck, arms, hips, and legs being re-positioned during the massage, allowing the therapist to access the different muscle groups from various angles and perform stretching techniques.  To avoid injury to yourself and/or the therapist, it is of utmost importance that you refrain from resisting the movement or attempt to assist in anyway.  A typical massage session will begin, and for the most-part, last with the client lying in a face-down position allowing the therapist to access the largest muscle groups of the body.  The final 15-20 minutes of the session are spent with the client on their back in a face-up position allowing the therapist to complete the massage with stretching techniques and a mini facial.

What should I expect after the massage?

Upon completion of a full-body massage, most clients feel relaxed and rejuvenated.  In the 24-hours following the massage, it is very common to experience some slight soreness in the areas of the body that were experiencing muscle fatigue and tension.  Also post-massage, it is highly recommended that you increase your consumption of water to assist the kidneys and pancreas in the removal of the toxins that were released from the muscles into the bloodstream.

Do I have to be completely undressed during the massage?

Traditionally, most massage sessions are performed with the client completely undressed; however, many clients choose to remain in their underwear to maintain a certain level of discretion.  It is up to each individual client to undress to your level of comfort.  You will be properly draped during the entire session.

Will the therapist be present while I am getting undressed and dressed?

No, the therapist will leave the room while you get undressed/dressed and get on/off the massage table.  I will knock, and wait for verbal confirmation that you are completely covered, before re-entering the room.

Will I be covered during the massage?

Yes, you will be completely covered and kept warm throughout the entire session through a process called "draping," a term used in the massage industry that simply means to be wrapped in a large sheet.  The therapist will only uncover the area of the body being treated. 

It is legal in the State of Texas for a licensed massage therapist to perform a massage on a client without draping if agreed upon by both the therapist and the client prior to the start of the session.  If an un-draped session is agreed upon, the client is required by law to complete and sign the state consent form which will permanently remain in the client's file and kept confidential.  The state consent form is required prior to each un-draped session agreed upon.  Body Beneficial Massage and Wellness reserves the right to refuse to provide an un-draped session to any client.

Are there any medical conditions or circumstances that would prohibit a massage from being performed?

Yes, that is why open and honest communication on the intake form and with the therapist during the initial consultation is vital to your overall safety.  The consultation is your opportunity to discuss all current medical conditions, past medical history, and medications being consumed.  If you are currently under the direct supervision of a doctor for a medical condition, it is strongly advised that you receive a written reccommendation for massage prior to scheduling a session, as some conditions do require approval. 

A list of conditions that prevent the application of massage include: intoxication, post-accident recovery, fever, inflammation, extremely high blood pressure, infectious diseases, open wounds, hernia, osteoporosis, varicose veins, broken bones, skin problems, diabetes, and asthma.  Some conditions, such as varicose veins and skin problems, do allow massage to be performed as long as the affected area is avoided; however, some conditions prevent massage from being performed all together.

Body Beneficial Massage and Wellness reserves the right to refuse service to anyone experiencing a medical condition that is deemed unsafe to the client and/or the therapist.