FAQ

Why are full sessions three hours long?

Deep, transformative bodywork takes time. Matthew must work slowly and methodically to ensure the complete, full-body release of stagnant energy. He especially needs to allow for enough time to work deeply on problem areas, while guiding you in breathing techniques, to relieve congestion or tension in your muscles, so that your muscles and fascia can ultimately relax. Shorter massages may relieve stress in one area, but the full benefits come with a full session.

What makes Matthew’s bodywork different?
  • The three-hour sessions. This time frame allows Matthew to go deeply into areas of the body which normally are not given enough time. Even those who receive massages regularly often comment on how much more beneficial this type of bodywork feels.
  • The guided breathing techniques. Many people forget to breathe during a massage, Matthew’s gentle reminders help facilitate a deeper level of healing.
  • The healing environment. Matthew creates a space that allows people to escape from everyday stressors and negative thinking.
  • The self-discovery. People learn to live with a lot of physical and emotional pain; they often don’t even know it’s there. Matthew’s sessions remind you what it feels like to be balanced and well—and you’ll likely be inspired to keep feeling that way.
How many sessions do I need?

This is different for everyone. Many people feel powerful changes after the first session. However, when someone really wants longer lasting, transformative effects, they will typically get three to nine sessions scheduled closely together. The first three sessions usually cover the entire body. Follow up sessions may involve several hours of focused work in one area. Results are more effective when sessions are close together because if you wait a month or more between sessions the body can revert back to its former state. After a series of closely spaced sessions, a monthly maintenance session will help to prolong the benefits achieved.

What are some of the known benefits experienced from this style of bodywork?
  • Promotes a feeling of relaxation
  • Relieves chronic pain and imbalances in the body and mind
  • Relieves accumulated stress, so you can feel more at peace
  • Improves flexibility and athletic performance
  • Helps the body eliminate toxins to boost the immune system
What to wear or bring:
  • Shorts that expose the hamstrings. A t-shirt for men and a sports bra and/or tank top for women
  • Please do not wear jewelry or makeup
  • Sandals or socks to use the rest room during your session
  • A bottle of water
Additional instructions

Please eat lightly before your session and drink a lot of water the next day. You may not wish to schedule anything after your session as you may feel very different in your body. It is especially important to not engage in any form of physical exercise after the session or the next day. Please also avoid cold for three hours after your session. This includes drinking cold water, eating cold food and taking a cold shower.

Your body needs time to adjust to the bodywork and muscles need time to recuperate. After each session it is important to drink lots of water and allow your body rest for at least 24 hours. Do not lift any heavy weights or move your body too quickly or erratically. Be kind to yourself. After a deep session, your body will open up and could be more prone to injuries for a day to two.

If you are feeling sore, many clients take an Advil or drink Emergence-C with MSM. A warm bath or hot tub soak the next day is also good post-session activity as it further relaxes the muscles and promotes longer-lasting effects.

Targeted Treatment Sessions

Targeted Treatment Sessions are 2 hours long. These sessions are designed to target only one area of the body. Areas usually fall into Shoulders/Neck/Back, Hips/Glutes/Quads, Low Back/Glutes/Sciatica.

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