Aldene Etter, MEd, Licensed Massage Therapist

Intuitive Bodywork for Women*...Listening to YOU and your BODY since 2001.


If this is your first professional therapeutic massage, you may have questions about details of a session. Please peruse the list below to find answers. Contact me if you seek additional information.

At your first appointment, we will discuss your health history and other pertinent information.  At the beginning of EVERY session, there will be a verbal and visual check-in during which time you will be able to update me on your health issues and concerns.  Bodywork sessions are currently being offered at the Harmony Room (Jala Yoga) on New Street (211 East New St.) in Shepherdstown.

What does a session entail?  75 minutes means 75 minutes on the table unless you choose to talk more than the allotted check in time (which some people do...choosing to discuss the issues that are in their tissues).  I incorporate Shiatsu, craniosacral therapy and massage in EVERY session AND will use other modalities as needed.  If you are someone who likes to rest on the table after the session, this will be part of your table time so please let me know ahead of time. I endeavor to be on time for YOU and therefore for the person whose session follows.

Payment is expected before or at the time of service.  If you choose to pay with a credit card, please do so online BEFORE your appointment.

Frequency of visits is an individual choice. How often someone comes in is based on what their goals are and the ability to put their resources in support of those goals.  IN GENERAL, a monthly session is a good maintenance schedule.  If someone is wishing to CHANGE habits or change/manage chronic pain, more regular sessions are probably most effective.  It is best to experiment and find out what works for YOU.  I often suggest 'homework'....activities to do at home. These support and deepen the in-office work toward a client's goal.


Frequently asked questions: 

Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What should I do during the session?
How will I feel after the  session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?

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 face down onto the table, and cover yourself with the sheet.

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 should I do during the session?
During the massage, you are 'off duty'. 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, please ask.

How will I feel after the massage 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. Since toxins are often released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage 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 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 is why it is important that you inform the practitioner of any health issues. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required (Heart conditions, some cases of Diabetes, Cancer).  We will discuss you health during the intake.  There are modalities other than massage that might be a better choice: reflexology, shiatsu, craniosacral therapy, etc.


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