Many people aren’t sure what to expect when they schedule their first massage. But be assured, there is nothing to be nervous about! Although no two massages are alike, there are some things that are typical to each session. Your massage will take place in a quiet, warm, comfortable room. It may be dimly lit and soothing music is often played to help you relax.
Your Massage Needs Will Be Assessed.
You will be asked why you are seeking massage therapy, and about any injuries or medical conditions you may have. You will also be asked to fill out a brief confidential health questionnaire to gather information that can help improve your overall experience and so that your massage can be designed to best suit your needs. Your honest and thorough answers will help ensure that you have you have the most pleasant and successful session possible. Please discuss any concerns you may have.
Communicate What You’re Feeling
After the initial assessment you will be given complete privacy to so that you can remove jewelry and disrobe to your level of comfort. You will then get on the table – either face up or face down – under the sheet/covers or provided. During your session, you will be draped (covered) at all times, and only the area being worked on will be exposed. A typical full body session includes your back, arms, legs, glutes, feet, hands, head, face, neck, and shoulders. Abdominal massage is given when requested. You may also request that additional time or less time is spent on a specific area, or an area is avoided completely. Oil or lotion is used, so be sure to communicate if you have any preferences or sensitivities.
Please also communicate how you feel during the massage. Is the pressure too light, too deep? Are you warm enough, too warm, etc? Always feel free to comment about your comfort. This is your time and your massage…it’s all about you!
Finally, take a deep breath, relax and let your body and mind unwind.
When your massage session is complete, you will be given complete privacy again so that you can get dressed. Sit up slowly and take your time getting dressed.
After Your Massage
Make sure to drink plenty of water. Book your next session.
Over the next few days, you may experience soreness if you requested a deep tissue massage. To alleviate discomfort, apply an ice pack to the area and consider requesting less pressure during your next session.