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Frequently Asked Questions


Autumn provides massage therapy BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:

M 10am – 8pm
W 10am – 8pm
Th 10am – 8pm
Sa 10am – 6pm
Su 10am – 6pm

Eastern Market Wellness Center was opened in December, 2o15, as a co-working space for holistic practitioners building individual practices in a community environment. We helped each other with business planning and execution, referring business associates and resources, as well as clients. We combined efforts to maintain a high level of business standards in order to promote the best service possible in each of our respectful industries.

After the building was purchased in July, 2018, it was determined that our community would be better served in another location. Until that space is secured, Autumn practices massage therapy in a private studio in the Greater Eastern Market neighborhood, only a half-mile east of the previous location.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

2200 Hunt Street, Suite 103
Detroit, MI 48207

We are located on the first floor of a beautifully restored historic police station, only a half-mile east of Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market District. We’re close to the Dequindre Cut, the Riverfront, and Lafayette Park. Hunt St. is tucked into the corner of Gratiot and Dubois, halfway between Vernor and Chene.

You must have an appointment to gain access to the building.

Parking is free on Hunt and Dubois. Bicycle racks can be found just inside the parking lot entrance on Dubois.

Your therapist will meet you at the front door.

Email me at autumnb@easternmarketwellness.org or call 313-241-6730.

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a comfortable, private studio. Music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a professional massage table, especially designed for your comfort, with clean sheets and a blanket.

We are located in an active co-working space; silence cannot be guaranteed.

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you wear during your session. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly “draped,” or covered with sheets, during the entire session.

Your practitioner will leave the room while you undress and relax onto the table, covering yourself with a clean sheet that has been provided.

You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. Blankets are frequently used and always available.

A typical full-body session will include work on your back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, and head. Some work may include techniques on your stomach, pectoral muscles (avoiding breast tissue and nipples), and gluteal muscles (often referred to as “the glutes”). We will discuss any areas that you are uncomfortable with having massaged, during your pre-session health update, so those areas can be avoided and you can enjoy your massage.

A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general relaxation 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 muscular tension. Usually, a skin lubricant of light oil or cream is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil or cream also helps to 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.

There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic strokes such as effleurage and petrissage, rocking movement, application of pressure to specific points, stretching, posture and movement re-education, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

It is our responsibility to check in with you throughout the session to make sure you are doing well with the pressure and techniques. Trouble spots can be a little tender; however, you should let your practitioner know any time the pressure is too deep. Communication between client and therapist is important to a successful outcome. Don’t let a previous bad massage experience keep you from trying it again. The benefits of a good massage are highly rewarding.

No problem at all. In fact, many people are uncomfortable with some area of their body being massaged. Other common areas include the hands, scalp, face, stomach, and “the glutes”. Make sure to tell your practitioner during your pre-session health update about any area that you are uncomfortable with being massaged, so that those areas may be avoided and you can enjoy your massage.

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask any questions about techniques or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. Your 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, please ask!

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. You are strongly advised to be gentle with yourself for at least 24 hours after receiving any type of bodywork.

Yes. Before your session begins, your practitioner will ask several general health questions. It is very important that you inform us of any health problems and 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.

Tipping is never requested nor required. Most people have different opinions on this topic, and that’s okay! The service industry standard is 20% of the total bill (before any discounts are applied) for outstanding service. Some practitioners do not accept tips; please feel free to ask about tipping policies when scheduling your appointment.

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