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Massage Questions

Fitness Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
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.

Must I be completely undressed?
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.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

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.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
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.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
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.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
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.

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 slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
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.

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, 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.

What should I wear to fitness session?
Wear comfortable fitted sneakers, sweatpants or shorts with sleeveless shirt.

What can I expect during fitness session?
A typical fitness session consists of warm ups, weight training, calisthenics, plyometrics, balance training and muscle/joint rom stretches.

What's the difference between a personal vs a semi private session?
A personal training session is one on one vs a semi private session where there may be up to 3 clients with one instructor.

How will I feel after a session?
You may feel energized or very fatigued depending on the fitness routine for the day. You may experience tenderness or aching muscles post session. Massage therapy is offered to speed up the recovery process and to optimize muscle/joint health.


I have a very demanding, physical career and get terribly sore, tight muscles in my neck, back and shoulders. I've had many, many massages through the years. John gave me the most incredible massage of my life. I highly recommend him. You won't find a better message therapist in this area. I can't wait to go back ... not because my muscles hurt, but because it was just so awesome!!!!!
– Dawn C.

I am extremely excited. I have been training with John for the last four weeks and I have lost five and a half inches in my waist. John is very professional and educated. I have been telling everyone about him.
– Deborah L.

John is a great massage therapist, he is very professional and well educated. John uses different techniques to relieve my back pain and sore muscles. I would recommend him to anyone whether its for therapeutic or just relaxation. Also he has a great fitness program that he designs individually to help achieve my goals.
– Latchmi N.

I had never worked with a personal trainer before. John did a thorough analysis of my physical condition and tailors my workouts to my particular needs. Because he is a trained massage therapist as well as a trainer, he knows when to push my limits and when I need to stretch or rest. I have never had a massage therapist as knowledgeable as John. I have recommended him to everyone unconditionally. This guy really knows his stuff. He is competent, compassionate, and dedicated to the best interests of his clients. I trust him implicitly. It would be hard to find a better massage therapist and trainer anywhere.
– Debbie M.

I have utilized Mitchell's Advanced Bodyworks, off and on over the past few years. The exercise programs John provides are great, but what is most impressive is the wonderful service that is provided.
– Najemmba D.

John is the best massage therapist I have ever seen and I have seen many, he knows how to get to any problem spots I tell him about and makes me feel just wonderful! I encougrage any and everyone who needs a massage to give John a try.
– Meghan K.

John was great. I am was very tight in a number of places and he did a great job of getting to all of them.
– Brian S.

John is an excellent massage therapist. I will schedule again!
– Debbi H.

Very professional. Better than many other massages I've had!
– Gina H.

Really great work, thank you for the deep work!
– Adrea R.

I have had many massages throughout the Capital District area, NY state, United States and out of the country. John is very professional, he makes you feel comfortable and will put you at ease. He is the best massage therapist in this area and you won't get a better massage anywhere. You will leave feeling relaxed and invigorated. I always look forward to my massages with John and I won't go anywhere else for a massage.
– Joanne N.

First massage ever. I was very pleased.
– Georgia T.

Thanks! You have a marvelous career ahead of you!
– Kathy M.

John used a technique where he worked his fingers between tendons and muscles. That was excellent. He massaged muscles on feet that I did not know I had! Best massage ever so far.
– Christine G.

Great neck and shoulder work!
– B.B.

Great job! John is in the right field!
– Marti M.

John worked the desired areas thourghly. By the end of the session all tightness had been taken care of.
– Greg P.

Great massage! No more shoulder pain!
– G.T.

John did great work! I will see him again!
– Erin M.

Great job! I was nervous with it being my first professional massage but it went very smoothly.
– Kat V.

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