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"I have been seeing Penny Welke for many months for chronic pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis, headaches, stress and overall extremely tense muscles...Since going to Penny regularly, my pain has lessened greatly, I get fewer headaches and range of motion is getting better with time. I highly recommend Penny, and Serenity Massage. I will never go elsewhere!!"
— Karen

"When my stress level is a bit much, I know it's time to call Penny. She definitely takes pride in reducing your pain or stress level. Your aches and pains are no more! She is WONDERFUL and I couldn't recommend her more! Go see her!!!!"
— Jeremy

"With being a client of Penny's for over five years, I feel it's time I lauded her talents as a massage therapist. Nearing 70 years old, I find it takes much longer to recover from physical activity such as shoveling snow, yard work and gardening. The brunt of my discomfort is in my upper back and shoulders along with my calves. Penny concentrates her massage there working out the knots in my muscles. After she provides relief to those areas, she continues the massage with the aim of relaxation. Not only is she successful in relieving the soreness in my problem areas, but her softer massage brings complete relaxation to the point that I've been known to occasionally doze off. I have no reservations in recommending Penny to anyone looking for a therapeutic and/or relaxing massage."
— Terry

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Below are some common questions and answers about massages. If you have another, please let me know!

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Will I be covered during the session?

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 to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

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 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 will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.


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 practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. 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 or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork 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 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 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.

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
▪ Decreased anxiety.
▪ Enhanced sleep quality.
▪ Greater energy.
▪ Improved concentration.
▪ Increased circulation.
▪ Reduced fatigue.

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
▪ Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
▪ Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
▪ Ease medication dependence.
▪ Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
▪ Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
▪ Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
▪ Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
▪ Increase joint flexibility.
▪ Lessen depression and anxiety.
▪ Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
▪ Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
▪ Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
▪ Reduce spasms and cramping.
▪ Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
▪ Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
▪ Relieve migraine pain.

Are there medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, 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.
What is your policy for cancellation, no-shows, late arrivals, etc.?

Cancellation Policy: We understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone's life. In our desire to be effective and fair to all clients, the following policies are honored:

24 hour advance notice is required when canceling an appointment. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to give us 24 hours advance notice you will be charged the full amount of your appointment. This amount must be paid prior to your next scheduled appointment.

No-shows: Anyone who either forgets or consciously chooses to forgo their appointment for whatever reason will be considered a "no-show." They will be charged for their "missed" appointment.

Late Arrivals: If you arrive late, your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours. Depending upon how late you arrive, your therapist will then determine if there is enough time remaining to start a treatment. Regardless of the length of the treatment actually given, you will be responsible for the "full" session. Out of respect and consideration to your therapist and other customers, please plan accordingly and be on time.


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