This is my first massage. What should I expect?
When you first arrive I will ask you to complete some paperwork. This paperwork will provide me with information about your prior experience with massage including likes and dislikes, medical history, goals for the session and concerns or questions. I will spend a few minutes talking with you about the information you have provided on the forms.
After the paperwork and interview is completed I will leave the room giving you complete privacy to undress and get on the table. You should remove any jewelry or articles that might interfere with the massage. The table will be draped with blankets and a sheet and you will be completely covered. I will uncover only the part of the body being massaged.
Expect a peaceful, comfortable environment for the massage. I play music during the massage. If you don’t like the music playing, ask me to change it or turn it off. I do not expect you to talk during the massage. If you want to talk that is fine, but don’t feel obliged to. This is your time and your massage.
I will use lotion or oil while performing the massage. This reduces drag on the skin. If you are allergic to some oils or lotions be sure to tell me so we can be sure the ingredients in the oil or lotion do not bother you.
After the massage is finished I will again leave the room allowing you a time to slowly get off the table and get dressed.
Most people feel very relaxed after a massage. After an initial period of feeling tired and sleepy most people experience increased energy and awareness. Since toxins are released from your tissues during a massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water after a massage.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage techniques are performed with the client unclothed or wearing underwear. You decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will always be properly covered during the session to keep you warm and comfortable. I will uncover only the body part being worked on.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
This will depend on the desired outcome of the session. This will be discussed prior to the massage. A typical full-body session includes work on the neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs, feet and head.
What do you use to massage?
A light oil or lotion will be used to reduce friction on the skin. All the lotions I use are unscented and free of parabens and chemicals. Please let me know if you have any allergies or sensitivities so we can tailor the session to meet your needs.
What should I do during the massage? Should I be quiet or should I talk?
Make yourself comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and relax. I will tell you what is needed during the session or gently move you. I do not expect you to talk during the massage. If you want to talk that is fine, but don’t feel obligated to talk. I will check in with you from time to time to ensure that you are comfortable and the amount of pressure I am using is ok. Please speak up if at any time you are uncomfortable. It is important to express your needs in order to get the most out of your session. It is never a problem to add or remove a blanket, turn down the music or use more or less pressure. This is your time and your massage.
How often should I get a massage?
This depends on what your lifestyle, schedule and budget will allow. Everyone uses their body differently and has different needs. If you are dealing with chronic pain or have high levels of stress then weekly or bi-weekly sessions are ideal. If you are healthy and have very little pain or stress then every three to four weeks should be fine. The important thing is to set up a regular schedule whether it’s every two weeks or every two months. Remember the importance of self-care!
Are there any medical conditions that make massage or bodywork contraindicated?
Yes. That is why it is imperative that you inform your therapist of any health problems or medications that you are taking.