Bodywork for Peace

Mobile in Hemet, CA | 5-mile radius of 92543

Benefits of Massage and FAQs

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Links to research websites, articles and books in bodywork and mental health:

Body Therapy Institute: Articles About Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Therapies


How, Exactly, Does Massage Therapy Work? The Anatomy of Happiness. 2012. Nelson, D.
Body-Oriented Therapy in Recovery from Child Sexual Abuse: An Efficacy Study. 2005. Price, C.

Ideas for the Use of Healing Touch in Dysthymic Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. 2005. Fitzgerald, S.
Connective Tissue; the Connecting Spirit and Structure of Tissue. 2007. McNeur, L.
Chronic Pain and Personality Disorders: Implications for Rehabilitation Practice. 1998. Sadigh, M.
The Value of Massage as an Adjuncy to Psychotherapy in Community Health Settings. 2007. Collins, T.
Bulimic Adolescents Benefit from Massage Therapy. 1998. Field, T., et al.
The Effect of Counselor Touch in an Initial Counseling Session. 1981. Hubble, M.A.; Noble, F.; Robinson, S.E.

Books (print only):

Compassionate Touch: The Body's Role in Emotional Healing and Recovery. 1999. Ford, C. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Body, Breath and Consciousness: A Somatics Anthology: A Collection of Articles on Family Systems, Self-Psychology, The Bodynamics Model of Somatic Developmental Psychology, Shock Trauma, and Breathwork. 2004. Macnaughton, I. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Bodymind. 1986. Dychtwald, K. New York: Penguin.

Books (with online previews):
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences. 1997. Levine, P.A.
Massage Therapy—The Evidence for Practice. 2002. Rich, G.J.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
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 are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

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.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

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 circulatory (Swedish) massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general circulatory 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. For more details on the specific modalities I perform, see my page, "Services and Rates" on this website.

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 will 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 me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I 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. I welcome feedback!

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. Visit "Benefits of Massage" on this site for links to websites, articles, and books on the benefits of massage.

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, you answer general questions about your health. It is very important that you inform me 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. Please also come to your session with your paperwork filled out, available at "Client Forms."

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