What to expect in a massage session?
Your therapist will perform a general intake prior to your session and will explain how to get on the table. You're undressed to your comfort level (down to underwear or no underwear) but covered by a sheet and blanket at all times. Only body parts being worked on are exposed at a time. The therapist will check in for the right amount of pressure a few times during the treatment and might use aromatherapy, hot stones, hot towels or cups with your permission.
What to expect in a reflexology session and how is it different from a foot massage?
You remain fully clothed for reflexology - unless you prefer an integrated session that includes massage as well.
The main difference between reflexology and a foot massage is that massage views the foot just as a foot, but reflexology sees the foot as a vehicle to connect to all the organs, joints and muscles in the body via the reflexology foot map. In general massage will use flowing movements, whereas reflexology uses a specific technique called thumbwalking, fingers or even a wooden stick. This focused, pulsing thumb technique is said to sooth the nervous system and ease pain. Reflexology does not require any oils, while massage uses some oil, lotion or gel to lubricate the skin.
Will I be able to enjoy reflexology with ticklish feet?
Absolutely. Reflexology uses steady, firm and slow pressure, so you're not set off by fast and superficial movements. Most clients - even with generally ticklish feet - are able to deeply relax during a reflexology session.
What to expect in a cupping session?
Your cupping session will start with warming up the tissue but eventually cups will be incorporated. The sensation cups provide is very different from what you ever experienced before. Mild discomfort can occur depending on the type of fascia and the level of tension you have but most people describe it as a quite relaxing experience. Cupping creates what we call negative pressure - while a regular massage creates positive pressure -, so instead of compressing down on tissue and muscles, we decompress them.
The biggest misconception about cupping are those dark cupping marks that people like to call 'hikkies'. Cupping marks mean that you have stagnation over those areas that the cups bring to the surface. Your lymphatic system will take over from this point and removes all that extra debris, waste material (lactic acid, environmental, medicinal toxins etc.). Staying hydrated can't be emphasized enough before and after your cupping session, otherwise your lymphatic system can get congested which will make you feel possibly sick or tired.