Basic Information

Fiacco Healing Arts offers many different bodywork modalities and techniques to meet your relaxation and  therapeutic needs.  If there is a specific technique desired or needed that is unavailable through the center, then we would be happy to refer to a like-minded, competent practitioner.

What Is Bodywork?

Bodywork refers to any therapeutic, healing or personal development technique that involves touching, energy medicine or physical manipulation.

What Is Massage?

Massage, often interchanged with Swedish Massage can be thought of as a type of bodywork.  This technique manipulates the superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, and promote relaxation and well-being.

What To Expect:

You enter a warm, grounded and comfortable softly lighten room with your body-worker.  Your first session will last at last at 30 minutes more than a typical session, building in time to get to know your therapist.  You will receive a postural assessment, talk about your intentions for receiving a professional bodywork and discuss noticeable changes as a result of the session.  Before any bodywork is performed, you will be invited to discuss the following topics at your level of comfort:

  • Thorough health history (significant past surgeries & traumas, important medical conditions & current medication usage)
  • Past experience with bodywork and other healing arts
  • Using increased participation and awareness through conscious breathing
  • Any questions or concerns about the session
  • The importance of consistent conscious communication about your needs before, during and after each session.

After the first session, you are asked to continually update any changes in health history & session intentions (hope, wishes & goals) before the next session starts.  After the initial meeting or follow up health history updating and discussion, your therapist leaves the room, giving you plenty of time to undress to your level of comfort, get on the table and cover yourself with the top sheet or top sheet/blanket combination for extra warmth.  Full draping is required for the safety and comfort of both the client & therapist throughout the entire session.  Relaxation sessions typically start faced down on a standard massage table, flipping onto the back (supine position) about half way through in order to balance out both sides of the body.  Your position in therapeutic sessions depends on your needs, comfort and the techniques used.

There is absolutely no sexualization of touch or services rendered by the bodyworker/massage therapist.  Both parties are asked to communicate and end a session in the case of discomfort.