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What Should I Wear To A Massage?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What hould I Wear To A Massage? | Moondance Wellbeing Massage Therapy Reflexology Bunbury[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Or rather, what NOT to wear to a massage!

After your initial consultation, your therapist will leave the room so you can get as undressed as is comfortable for you. They usually recommend removing all clothing except for your knickers, but if you feel more comfortable without them, that’s perfectly fine, too – they are adaptable like that!

A towel or sheet will be provided for you, then you will be asked to place it (usually) on your back and lie on the table with your face in the face cradle (helps with breathing!!). Your massage therapist will knock and check if you are ready before they enter.

To Bra or not to Bra?

It is possible to massage around bra straps, but to be honest – it’s very awkward! Many of the lovely long, relaxing strokes cover the entire back area, so to have straps interrupting them is almost like being cheated out of the topping on the ice cream!

I have had some ladies ask for me to massage just their shoulders and neck, so with permission, the shoulder straps of the bras can be slipped down.

Then of course, there is the issue of the massage oil. Most massage oils these days are water soluble and any oil that comes into contact with clothing should wash out, but there’s not even an issue if you remove your bra!

Your massage therapist will hold up the sheet / towel when it’s time to turn over – you are never exposed! Only the area being worked on is undraped.

Eek I wore my ugly old undies!

Hey, this is actually preferable! Pretty underwear is lost on your massage therapist as they try to maintain your privacy at every turn. So apart from determining where to tuck the cover sheet/towel, they are really not going to see your knickers!!!

In actual fact, your massage therapist would be mortified if they accidentally got oil on your best lingerie, so save that lovely stuff for another day.

At the same time, try not to wear good clothes to your massage – it is so good for your skin to leave the residual oil on your skin instead of wiping it off, so some is bound to get on your clothes.

Boxers or Jocks?

Guys, it’s all about accessibility. Even if you are wearing loose fitting boxers, there are some areas at the top of the hip which boxers make it difficult to get to, but not impossible. What ever is comfortable is the key.

Jewellery / Hair

Your massage therapist will ask you to remove necklaces, bangles, bracelets, dangly earrings and large rings.

If you have long hair, and didn’t bring a hair tie, your massage therapist should have a way of keeping your hair out of the way while they give you your massage.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

I look forward to welcoming you to Moondance Wellbeing, a place where you can feel totally taken care of.  Book online or contact me to talk about the massage therapy and reflexology services offered.


What’s The Buzz With The Hot Stones & Hot Stone Massage?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hot Stone Massage Moondance Wellbeing Angelique Bavich Massage Therapy Reflexology Bunbury[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]What ARE these rocks?

The hot rocks I use during your hot stone massage are basalt rocks – volcanic rock – gathered from a river bed where they were smoothed by running water. Their high mineral content means they have excellent heat retention properties (iron) and are an effective muscle relaxant (magnesium).

The rocks are heated in a special hot stone heater which has a more sensitive temperature range than the ‘slow cooker’ it looks like.

Do they do anything besides feel nice?

Where relaxation is one of the goals of a massage therapy session, the hot rocks used in a hot stone massage certainly add another layer. They feel quite lovely when used correctly, and their heat reduces muscle tension, encouraging the whole body to relax, while calming the mind. Those feel good hormones, endorphins, are released into your body, aiding to that whole ‘floaty’ feel.

And of course, any massage assists in stress relief and improves sleep patterns, as well as increasing lymphatic flow to remove toxins.

The mineral content of the rocks also lends another aspect to their healing properties. They transmit energy and as such can dissolve energetic blockages in your body. They can neutralise negative energies and restore harmony.

How are they used?

Hot stones can be used as placement stones. That is, certain shapes and sizes of stones were chosen to be placed on different areas of the body (usually with a sheet or towel between them and the skin). They warm up the muscles that are then massaged.

The massage therapist then uses the stones as a tool, by gliding the warmed, oiled stone along your skin. Sometimes they are used to massage specific muscles, and to warm general areas.

A trained massage therapist knows the right temperature of a stone before it makes contact with your skin. If it is too hot for them to hold, then it certainly shouldn’t be going near your skin! If, however, you find the stone too hot, please do tell your massage therapist right away.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

I look forward to welcoming you to Moondance Wellbeing, a place where you can feel totally taken care of.  Book online or contact me to talk about the massage therapy and reflexology services offered and if you’ve never had one, why not try a Hot Stone Massage?


Why A Regular Massage Is Good For Your Mental Health

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Massage Therapy Bubnury Moondance Wellbeing Angelique Bavich[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]We all know a regular massage is the staple appointment in our diary, right? But there are more reasons than you think to make this practice a non-negotiable one. Here’s 5 of my reasons why a regular massage is good for your mental health and your physical health.

1. Safe touch – we live in such a clinical world where political correctness threatens to desensitise our human-ness. Receiving touch in a safe and professional environment restores our deeper connection with each other as people and provides emotional balance.

2. Stress, anxiety and depression – our mental health has never been so challenged as it is in today’s society. A regular massage reduces cortisol and adrenaline, as well as increases serotonin and dopamine to reduce anxiety, depression and stress.

3. Not just a luxury – there is no need to feel indulgent and frivolous when receiving a massage. As a simple and basic tool to manage our own physical, mental and spiritual health, a massage is not a guilty pleasure – it’s a means for our overall wellbeing.

4. #customisedmassage – diving straight into a regular massage practice with no prior experience can sometimes add to the stress component you are actually trying to reduce! That’s where a trained massage therapist will do more for your healing than you think.

They will tailor a massage therapy session with attention to lighting (not too dark not too bright), sound (soft music no loud bells) and the length of your session (the first one is only short). It’s GOT to feel safe. Plus, they want you to come back!

5. Confidentiality – you know the part where I said it’s got to feel safe? This is another aspect.

Your massage therapist understands all about confidentiality. While they are not a counsellor or psychologist and will not offer specific advice, they are more than capable of listening. And the best part of this? No judgement.

Your appointment is just that – yours. It’s all about you and making your experience the best it can be so it will become a vital part of your wellness schedule.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

I look forward to welcoming you to Moondance Wellbeing, a place where you can feel totally taken care of.  Book online or contact me to talk about the massage therapy and reflexology services offered.


Welcome To Moondance Wellbeing – Bunbury Massage Therapy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Hi, I’m Angelique Bavich, owner of Moondance Wellbeing.

I’m delighted to welcome you to my website and look forward to supporting your wellbeing goals with a range of complimentary therapies.  Currently I see clients at the Bunbury Natural Health Centre, 12 Prosser Street, Bunbury.  I offer a range of massage therapy and reflexology and will certainly be available to offer additional treatments in the future.

If you have any questions about massage or reflexology, please be sure to contact me as I’m always happy to answer any questions if it means you taking care of yourself and receiving the support you are seeking.

I hope you enjoy the articles I’ll post regularly.  My goal is to answer your questions and help you to better understand massage therapy, reflexology and other self care and wellbeing opportunities open to all of us.

If there’s something you’d like me to write about, be sure to send me an email and let me know and your suggestion may just appear as a future blog post!

If you’d like to know more about Moondance Wellbeing and who Angelique Bavich is, then you can read more here.  For more on my core services visit here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

I look forward to welcoming you to Moondance Wellbeing, a place where you can feel totally taken care of.  Book online or contact me to talk about the massage therapy and reflexology services offered.