1. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions
to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if
massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition,
and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
2. Where will my massage 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.
3. What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses,
you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear
underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all
times except the area being worked on.
4. What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist
wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change
your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session;
others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do
not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
5. How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists
use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may
start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) 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. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another
approach or technique.
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6. Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage
oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist's
attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.
7. How long will a massage
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment
only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60-
to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
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.
Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred
up from the massage.