Emily Bilodeau, LMT (207) 779-6671

Serenity Holistic Massage

Frequently Asked Questions

Is massage good for . . . ?

The beauty of massage therapy is that it is a non-invasive treatment that can have profound effects on a wide range of discomforts and conditions. However, only a personal conversation with an LMT can help you to determine if massage, polarity or craniosacral therapy may be right for you. I will ask you some pertinent medical questions, and your answers will guide my recommendations. Please be as complete as you can with your answers: although massage is incredibly safe, there is a list of conditions for which massage therapy may put your health at greater risk.

What do I wear?

Polarity and craniosacral therapy are clothed modalities. I recommend comfortable clothes like those you would wear to the gym or to a yoga class. For a massage, you only need to disrobe to your comfort level. Every client can expect that only the area being treated will be exposed, and that the rest of your body will remain draped by linens, warm and private. I take pride in keeping strong professional boundaries with this area of my work.

This is my first massage! What should I expect?

Your session will begin with a conversation. I have some medical forms for you to fill out so that I can craft a session that will match your personal goals and state of health. I will make suggestions, but you make the final choices about where to concentrate the work. Once a session plan has been determined, you will be given privacy to disrobe and get underneath the clean linens on the massage table.

Swedish massage combines a series of lengthening and kneading strokes, for which I will be using an organic massage creme or oil. Your massage may also include stretching, movement or compression on broad areas or specific points, as appropriate. You will always be draped underneath linens, and I will check with you about your comfort level with pressure and technique. All you have to do is relax and let me know if any changes need to be made. After your scheduled time has elapsed, I will leave the room once more so that you can get dressed.

After your massage, we’ll have another conversation about how you feel, and what want to focus on in future massages. I may have some self-care recommendations to help you get the most out of your session.

I’m already in pain. Will this hurt?

Massage does not need to be painful to be effective. Even deep work can be gentle if the body is adequately prepared for it. It’s important that you communicate with me if you need any changes in pressure or technique---this is the best way to ensure that your experience matches your expectations.

If you are still concerned about being uncomfortable on the table, I suggest polarity or craniosacral therapy. These modalities are very gentle, and do not use the same motions or force that you would experience in traditional massage.

Do you have forms for me to fill out?

Yes. I need some basic contact information and a quick wellness inventory before we can work together. The paperwork is brief but important to our ability to make good treatment choices for you. If you have provided me with your email address, I will send you a digital form to complete online (you might have to check your spam folder to find it). Your answers are stored in a HIPAA secure database. If it is more convenient, you may print them to complete ahead of time and bring them to my office with you.

Do you sell gift certificates?

Absolutely!!! Call, and we can put together a gift certificate specially for the person you have in mind. I can ship the certificate to you or to directly to the recipient. I can even take a credit card payment over the phone, or you can order gift cards here on the website.