What should you expect?
Once you schedule an appointment, you will come to your appointment at The Bodyology Clinic, at 995 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR. We are in the little office complex on the north east corner of Circle and Highland (10th), kitty corner from Osborn Aquatic Center. You will see our orange logo on the sign under Windemere Real Estate. Our office will be to your left as you enter the parking lot and you may park to either the left or right unless there is a sign reserving a place.
You will fill out a health history form unless you fill out the one on this site and bring it with you. We will have a discussion about what your goals are and come up with a plan based on that. There is not a difference in price for services except medical massage, so if you aren't sure what you asked for, that isn't important, as your session will be based on our conversation.
What to wear
If you have a particular area of pain we will do some range of motion tests to determine where to focus. In a neuromuscular therapy session you will wear something that allows movement so we can do movement tests, do treatment, then test again for change. In a therapeutic or relaxation session, I will step out of the room to let you undress and get under the sheet and blanket on the massage table before knocking to come in. I will only undrape the area I am working on.
Things I might use in your session include jojoba oil, which is a non allergenic wax which is close to your skin's natural oil. Also hydrocolator steam packs, which provide moist heat. Fascia responds very well to moist heat, and this can speed up bodywork for tight fascia in areas like the IT band along the outside of the upper leg.
How much pressure
In bodywork I like to fly under the radar of pain. It is a fine line which will require communication. If we create a pain response in your body, it activates your nervous system and the muscles will tense up and be less responsive to treatment, so we like to stay at 'working edge', where the pressure feels effective but not painful. I will check in with you. If an area is tender I will just hold pressure until the tenderness gets more comfortable. This is how neuromuscular therapy works.
Close of a session
At the end of the session, after you have gotten dressed and opened the door, we will check in to see if we have reached our goal for the session. We will do any range of motion tests again to see if there is change. Pain that has been present for a while may take a series of sessions to be alleviated.
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