Frequently asked questions

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.

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 can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish 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.

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Bodywork—its practitioners called “Intuitive Healers”—refers to tuning in to the body of a client in order to read and interpret the energy that lies at the root cause of illness, disease or life crisis. 

As an Intuitive Healer, Gina sees beyond the obvious and reads the energy patterns in both the body and its auric field. Using her clairsentience, clairaudience, clairvoyance, and abilities as a medium, she is able to tap into the body’s energy patterns and discern when there is a disruption in energy flow. Using the Universal life force enables her to balance the disruption in energy to allow the healing process to begin. Bodywork involves the use of one or all of the following: Reiki, Aromatherapy, Crystals, Sound Therapy or Guided Meditation.

Often when stored energy is released, a client will experience intense emotion followed by peace and balance. The change that takes place energetically allows the body to enter into a more balanced energy flow where healing begins.

Reiki is a Japanese technique of healing that promotes stress reduction and relaxation administered primarily by “laying on hands.” It is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and provides us with the vitality needed in order for our body to work efficiently. Reiki is actually “Universal life force energy.”

A simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement, Reiki can be used by everyone. It has been effective in helping to heal many illnesses and provides a beneficial effect. In addition, it works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

As a Certified Reiki Master, Gina says: “I believe that Reiki is spiritual in nature, but it is not a religion. There are no tenets you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. It is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.”

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.

The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.