Frequently Asked Questions
Please have a look at the answers to the most commonly asked questions about:
A typical massage therapy session
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer for your own comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
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.
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?
You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
Will oil or lotion be used?
A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lubricants used will hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage 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.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
- If it’s your first time at the clinic arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.
- Please drink plenty of water after any massage this ensures the elimination of toxins.
How does Istvan work?
During my extensive experience working on luxury cruise ships I have developed a unique technique that combines 7 different styles of Eastern and Western massage techniques that has proven very effective for many clients all over the world. My personal touch is something that is beyond technique, I am thankful to my spiritual guides who are helping me touch you in a healing and loving way. A Swedish massage session will start with broad, flowing strokes which will help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, I will gradually increase the pressure to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so I can take another approach. Massages are most effective when your body is not resisting.
What is Deep-Tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
How does Deep-Tissue massage work?
What are the benefits of Deep Tissue massage?
– Chronic pain
– Limited mobility
– Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
– Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
– Postural problems
– Ostearthritis pain
– Muscle tension or spasm
People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.
How will I feel?
How fast will I get results with a deep tissue massage?
It’s important to be realistic about what one massage can achieve. Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won’t happen. In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage. Finally, while Deep Tissue massage is certainly valuable, you should be aware that gentle styles of massage like Swedish massage can also produce profound release and realignment in the body.
Will deep tissue massage hurt?
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain. It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range. There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
”Imagine yourself cast adrift on a sea of luxurious warmth. All the cares and stresses of the day are floating away.”
What is Hot Stones massage?
How does Hot Stones massage work?
Hot Stones massage involves the application of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage.
What are the benefits of Hot Stones massage?
- Poor circulation
- Stress, anxiety and tension
- Muscular aches, pains, sprains, and strains
- Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
How will I feel?
Hot Stones massage makes you feel deeply relaxed, allowing you to let go of all the stress that is held within your body. It is really an amazing experience to have by anyone! The stones are never rough. They are always flat and smooth. The stones I use on the back are about the size of a large egg, only flat. I will always hold the stones first before touching them to your body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot. However, everyone has their own comfort range. Be sure to speak up if the stones are too hot for you.
What is Swedish massage?
Swedish massage is a genre that includes the intentional and systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to enhance health and healing. Joint movements and stretching are commonly performed as part of the massage. The primary characteristics are touch and movement. The massage session can last from 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours. These sessions are generally wellness oriented and aim to improve circulation, relax the muscles, improve joint mobility, induce general relaxation, promote healthy skin and create a general sense of well-being.
How does Swedish massage work?
- Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
- Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
- Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
- Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
- Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping
- Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching
What are the benefits of Swedish massage?
- improved circulation – more oxygenated blood plus removal of toxins.
- reduction in pain – massage stimulates the brain to release natural painkillers
- anxiety reduction – it has been shown that relaxation and anxiety cannot co-exist. This helps the person realise that they can cope.
- relaxation effects – as the body lets go of accumulated tension it is able to work better as there are fewer demands being placed on it.
- healing – touch is healing and certainly the improved circulation already described improves healing time and is why sports people seek massage therapy.
- energy – we tend to have more energy after a massage. Tension tends to ‘trap’ energy; massage tends to encourage energy to flow. The Massage Therapist will hopefully create all these effects which are made even more special by the caring and love given, as well as his / her intent.
What is Life-Energy healing
Acting on the main Causes of illnesses
All physical disorders start first in our energy system, beginning in the emotional or mental bodies, moving down into the etheric (which is the subtle body closest to and permeating the physical body) and then appearing on the physical level as symptoms of mental, emotional, or physical dis-ease. And this is so with animals as well, not just with humans. Feeling around the energy system can disclose areas that feel thickened or sticky, areas where there seems to be little or no movement in the energy flow, where there are bulges or dips in the energy field, where there seems to be a difference in temperature (such as heat or coolness), and so on.
How does Life-Energy healing work?
The Chakra System
The colour frequencies of Chakras and their dream symbols
1st Chakra – Root Chakra: Located at the base of the spine. It contains the primary 8 cells that have all of the knowledge of creation and remain the only cells in your body that do not change in your lifetime. It grounds us in the physical world. The health of this centre dictates how well you manage your physical life and reality. Dream symbols: base/perineum, Earth, survival, grounding, stillness, elephant, earth.
2nd Chakra – Spleen: Located just beneath the navel, and related to our sexual and reproductive capacity. Blockage manifests as emotional problems or sexual guilt. Dream symbols: lower abdomen, water, emotions, sexuality, desire, tears, crocodile, moon.
3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus: Seat of Emotions. Your self confidence and self esteem are associated with this centre. Blockage manifests as anger or a sense of victimization. Dream symbols: solar plexus, yellow, fire, will, power, anger, joy, laughter, ram, sun.
4th Chakra – Heart Center: Seat of the Soul. It is also believed to be the centre of your conscious emotions including your ability to unconditionally love and forgive. Blockage can manifest as immune system or heart problems, or a lack of compassion. Dream symbols: heart, green, air, love, balance, compassion, antelope
5th Chakra – Throat: Tied to creativity and communication. Feels pressure when you are not communicating your emotions properly. Dream symbols: throat, blue, throat, ether, sound, communication, creativity, expansion, excitement, deer.
6th Chakra – Third Eye: Pineal Gland: Your ability to think clearly and gain personal insight, intuition and truth is associated with this centre. Dream symbols: forehead, indigo, forehead, light, clairvoyance, psychic abilities, imagination, dreaming, owl.
7th Chakra – Crown: Metaphysically it is believed to be the centre of your connection to something bigger than yourself. It can be experienced as a pressure on the top of the head. Dream symbols: top of head, violet, top of head, thought, spiritual connection, understanding, knowing, bliss, God.
What are the benefits of Bio-energy Therapy?
How will I feel?The experience is different for everyone, but even if you find that you don’t feel anything very definite, the treatment will still work. Some people feel a sensation of warmth or coolness; others find a limb moves or vibrates; some feel incredibly calm and peaceful. There could also be a sense of relief, joy, and freshness due to the oxygen flowing freely towards every cell of the body. There are people who start accepting everything around them the way that it is and do their work with more enthusiasm, find beauty in all things and experience the true meaning of rebirth and spiritual fulfilment. Many people find that they sleep incredibly well that night!
Bio energy healers will not treat women during pregnancy or menstruation and will not treat the following conditions: people with heart diseases, pacemakers, thrombosis, strokes, and cancer or drug addiction. Alcohol must be avoided during the treatment.