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Myofascial Bodywork with Abi'l-Khayr, LMT

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
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 bodywork session take place?
My office is located within Heartspace Yoga and Healing Arts, at 747 Madison Avenue in Albany. The room is private and the surrounding space is generally quiet. Your bodywork session will take place in this warm and comfortable room. You will lie on a table designed for your comfort. Music to enhance the relaxed state will be playing softly during the massage.

Must I be completely undressed?
Some massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed, and under a sheet; myofascial bodywork, however, is typically done with the client wearing underwear and without a cover sheet. The work involves direct contact on the skin, and access to most areas of the body. Women may choose to wear a two-piece swimsuit, or running shorts and a tank top, or similar attire. Your comfort and sense of safety is essential.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical session may include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, shoulders, upper chest, hips and abdomen. As the therapist, I am aware that some aspects of bodywork involve touch in sensitive areas, and I observe appropriate caution. 

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
The session will normally begin with gentle holds, a chance for your skin and my hands to meet. There will be some gentle work done around the head and neck to help you move into a relaxed state. Then the work will unfold according to where the restrictions or imbalances are found. The key word in the whole process is gentle.

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. The style of work that I do is primarily myofascial release, described elsewhere on this website. If you are looking for a Swedish style massage, I am not your guy.

What should I do during the bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask 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, a blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the myofascial technique, feel free to ask. It may happen that you feel sensations in areas of your body while I am working on another area. This is quite normal, and it is helpful to mention that to me at the time -- it may be the body asking for work in that other place.

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. 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 inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are currently under a doctor's care, it might be advisable to obtain a written recommendation for massage prior to beginning therapy. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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