Whether this is your first ever massage or your first massage session with me (having received one before somewhere else), I wanted to provide a general groundwork of what to expect about massage sessions in general as well as some particulars at my office.
Your first appointment…
At your first visit, you will be required to complete important paper work regarding your current and past health history. Once the paper intake is completed, I will verbally review the information with each client and we will also discuss your desired outcome for the massage treatment. Feel free to ask questions at any time. If necessary, physical assessments may be performed (to measure joint range of motion, test muscles and movements) which are intended to help design an appropriate massage treatment for your needs. This first appointment takes approximately 90 minutes to complete (sometimes a bit longer). Any future follow up sessions can be scheduled as an hour in length or longer.
Are there medical conditions that would make massage/bodywork inadvisable?
Yes… and that’s why a massage practitioner should ask their clients general health questions before any massage treatment begins. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. In certain cases, your massage practitioner may require approval from your doctor.
Do I need to remove my clothing?
If your session is scheduled as a full general massage, I inform all clients to undress only to their level of comfort but suggest leaving your bottom underwear on. If a session is more movement intensive (i.e. stretching) the client will be instructed to wear comfortable clothing such as shorts and a t-shirt, or a sports bra for women. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress or change, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet. Whether a client is fully or partially disrobed for their treatment, they will be appropriately draped with a table linen. Only the part of the body being treated will be exposed. Clients are not required to disrobe for treatments. You can receive a great massage session fully clothed.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Before each session begins, I ask the client about their desired outcome as this will determine which parts of your body will require massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. I will explain the massage procedure to you and ask for your consent to work on these body areas. You may refuse treatment on any body area. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female). An oil, lotion, or cream may be used to allow your muscles to be manipulated without causing friction to the skin. The lubricants hydrate the skin and are readily absorbed. I use hypoallergenic products.
What should you do during the session?
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.
How will you feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. You may also experience relief from 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.
People wonder about if and how much to tip. Of course I appreciate knowing you think I’ve done an exceptional job. May I suggest that instead of a gratuity, the best form of acknowledgement you can give is when you:
- Refer your family and friends to my office
- Share this web site on your favorite social media platforms
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