Golden Gate Optimal Health, LLC.
An Integrative Health Approach to Optimal Wellness in the San Francisco Bay Area

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 12/5/14


Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place onsite at your office in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will sit in a massage chair especially designed and adjusted for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, I focus on modalities that are ideal for over the clothes bodywork.  Some of my massage tools I use such as the massage dolphin tool are specifically designed to work over clothing and will not work on bare skin unless the skin is oiled.  At minimum, I will require you to wear an undershirt and shorts for the duration of the massage.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room for a moment if you elect to remove your dress shirt and change into an undershirt (tank top) and shorts.  The practitioner will instruct you in the proper way to sit on the massage chair.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be at minimum wearing a tank top and shorts.  If you are not comfortable wearing these, you may add more clothing.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body chair session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, scalp, 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

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 massage therapist any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The massage therapist 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.

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 massage therapist asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the massage therapist of any health problems, past or recent surgeries and over-the-counter/prescription medications you are taking. If you are actively under a doctor's care for a medical condition, 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. 

As a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), are you considered a licensed health care provider in the State of California?:       No.  California does not license massage therapy anywhere in the state unlike most states.  California regulates and certifies the practice of massage therapy through it's governing body, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).  Per California state law SB 577, I am to state therefore that I am not licensed by the state as a healing arts practitioner.  It's not a personal reflection on my training or qualifications, it is simply a fact that California does not license any healing arts practitioners. 

For more info, click on this link to SB 577: 

and subsequent final legislation SB 731:

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
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