Jennifer Stelzer, Licensed Massage Therapist
Specializing in Affordable Deep Tissue Massage

FAQs/Benefits of Massage

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?
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?


Must I be completely undressed?


Many people choose to wear their "birthday suit" under the sheet draping, but 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?


No! I will leave the room while you undress to cleanse my hands and arms, while you relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.

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. Please note: Genitals and breasts are never exposed during a massage session. I also perform any gluteal/hip work through the sheet draping.

What parts of my body will be massaged?


I am trained in orthopedic and sports massage, so many of my sessions are treatment based work which focuses on the area of the body where you are experiencing pain or range of motion issues. Some people prefer a "hips up" session where I work the hips, back, shoulders and neck area. Others may choose a session only focusing on a problem area such as their knees. I also provide full-body relaxation massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, shoulders, hips, legs, feet, arms and neck. This type of massage does not allow me to spend a lot of time on one area, so if you are having a significant issue in an area of the body, please let me know & we will tailor the massage to your preference. Also, if you do not want a certain area worked on, please tell me prior to the session beginning.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

This depends on the type of massage you request. There are different massage techniques that I integrate into every session. These include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Orthopedic and Sports Massage. "Deep Tissue Massage" is not the same thing as deep pressure during massage. Deep Tissue is a modality (a type of bodywork) which includes many different techniques to work with the soft tissues to help restore their balance. Deep pressure may occur during Deep Tissue Massage or, with the basic Swedish Massage techniques for relaxation massage. I do some Myofascial Release work during Deep Tissue massage sessions which requires no lotion be used. If you do not like to have any massage work done without lotion, please indicate this prior to your session. Massage does not have to hurt to be good for you. I set my table low so I can use my body weight to counterbalance my pressure. I rarely use my elbows as my hands and arms are quite strong. I work with the tissue, not against it, so I do not drag my elbows up and down along the spine during back massage. This can lead to tearing of the tissue & a build up of collagen (scar tissue) in your muscles. I use advanced techniques which are better for the tissue & provide excellent results without a 'day of pain' post massage. 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.


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). Some 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. Some clients prefer to chat or talk about health and massage related issues during their session. I am happy to remain silent or chat during the massage-it is your experience & you direct the level of communication. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

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 relaxed, people often experience increased energy and greater productivity. Many clients report a better night's sleep after a massage session.  

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?


Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, assist with anxiety and depression, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, and help in relaxing muscles to help improve posture. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduced anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

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 fully complete the health history form. Past health issues may greatly impact your body's current wellbeing. So, if you have an extensive history of accidents, surgeries or injuries, please document these prior to the appointment on a separate piece of paper for me to review. 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 for a heart condition, cancer, nerve pain or recent injury or surgery, written approval from your doctor may be required, dependent on your condition. Please let me know this before your first appointment, to avoid any miscommunication which could affect your health adversely. 

Please call (971) 338-9436 if you have any questions related to massage therapy and how it may benefit your wellness. 

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