First massage? Here's what to expect.
Updated: Mar 16, 2019
Is this your first massage, or has it been a while since you've had one? Read on to get an idea of what to expect!
What to expect
When you arrive at the office, I’ll have a brief intake form for you to complete for your first session. Please try to arrive about 10-15 minutes early, so you'll have plenty of time to fill out the paperwork, ask questions, and share what you're hoping to get out of the massage. We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax?
I’ll show you the massage room and walk you through the massage process. I’ll leave the room so you may undress, get on the massage table, and get comfortable under the draping sheet & blanket.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear is entirely up to you. Professional draping is used throughout the massage to keep you comfortable and protect your modesty. In other words, you will be properly and safely covered by the sheet and blanket, and only the leg, arm, back, etc. that I'm working on will be uncovered at any time. That said, whatever clothing boundaries you prefer to keep will be honored.
Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, I may start the massage on your back, neck and shoulders, or feet. If we're doing a lymphatic drainage session, I will likely start with some abdominal work and deep breathing. I use a light, unscented hypoallergenic lotion to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. I am glad to incorporate scented essential oils into your session, but will never use them without your prior permission. I also often use hot towels to relax the muscles.
During the massage
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work! This takes practice.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.
I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music!
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please call me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.
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I hope you enjoy your massage! You can schedule online here anytime.