We know clients can feel nervous or uncertain about massage therapy prior to their appointment - especially if it is their first time. To help ease concerns, we have put together some information of what to expect during your massage therapy session.
Before starting your message, your therapist will ask you some questions about your health history, lifestyle, concerns, and overall wellness goals. This preliminary assessment will help your therapist determine the best treatment plan to suit your situation.
Before the Massage
Before your therapist begins the session, you will be asked to remove your clothing to allow access to the area(s) requiring treatment. You will then lie down on a massage table, covered by a sheet to protect your privacy. Only the area(s) your therapist will be working with will be exposed.
What if I am not comfortable with a stranger touching me?
First-time clients may be hesitant with the personal nature of massage therapy. Most clients lose this apprehension within the first few minutes of treatment. Massage Therapists are trained professionals who respect your feelings and go out of their way to ensure you feel comfortable.
Do I have to take off all of my clothes?
One of the keys to the success of your massage therapy session is your ability to relax and feel comfortable. Therefore, the decision is yours; remove only the articles of clothing that you are comfortable with removing. Traditional full-body massage treatments work best administered directly, without the barrier of clothing on the areas massaged. During a session you will be fully covered with a sheet/blanket, only the area of your body that is being worked on is uncovered. Before and after the session, you will undress and dress alone in complete privacy.
During the Massage
During your massage, your therapist will work with the area(s) to be treated and manipulate the tissues as required. They will also check on any pressure points and ask you questions throughout the process to best assess your comfort levels.
To get the most from your massage therapy session, we recommend breathing normally, doing your best to keep your muscles relaxed, and communicating with your therapist if you experience any discomfort. If discomfort does occur, please let your therapist know. They will adjust accordingly.
After the Massage
Depending on your treatment plan, further sessions may be necessary to improve your condition. You may also feel slightly sore after your massage, but you should not feel like you are in pain. If you experience any unusual soreness following your massage, let your therapist know so they can adjust as needed.
Although it is important to stay hydrated all of the time, it is also important to drink water after your treatment session. Massage therapy treatments increase the circulation of both the blood and lymphatic system. Working out tension in the muscles release metabolic waste. Increased circulation and muscle kneading promotes the pumping of fluid out of the soft tissues and into the circulatory system, where it moves onto the kidneys to be flushed from the body.
Drinking water supports the elimination of waste from the body, aids in healthy circulation, and helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and organs.