If you haven't had much experience with massage therapy, you might have some questions about what to expect. When you come in for your visit, you will be asked to fill out new client forms. It's best to arrive 5-10 minute early to fill out the forms and discuss your goals for the massage session. This information is necessary for your therapist to know for your session. It also helps the massage therapist know what your expectations are for the massage. Lastly, it helps the therapist decide what techniques to use and how to efficiently use the time of the session. Communication is the key to achieving your goals during the massage session. Please let the therapist know if you are seeking a relaxing massage, or if there are any areas that needs special attention or focus.
After discussing your expectations and needs, your therapist will leave the treatment room to provide you time and privacy to disrobe, remove jewelry and anything else that might disrupt your session. Only disrobe to your comfort level. Once you have undressed, lie on the massage table in the position that your therapist instructs you to. Cover yourself with the sheet and provided optional blanket. A heating pad on the massage table is used during your session, so if at any time you become too warm or overheated, please instruct your therapist to turn down the temperature of the heating pad. However, if you tend to be cold-natured, additional coverings are available upon request. The sheet is used for draping during the massage and to ensure modesty, the massage therapist will only uncover the area of the body that is being massaged. The massage therapist will insert a cushion at your feet when lying face down, and one at your knees when lying face up. Warm towels are used during the massage for help you reach further depths of relaxation. And for you to reach optimal relaxation, you will be asked to silence your phone, unless for urgent reasons. You should expect a tranquil and comfortable setting for your massage.
Soft, relaxing music is played during the massage, however, if you prefer to have complete silence during your massage, simply ask the therapist to turn off the music. The lights may be dimmed during your session.
After the massage is finished, a warm towel will be provided to wipe away any excess massage oils or lotions. Your therapist will leave the treatment room to provide you the privacy and time to get dressed, gather all your items, and meet your therapist in the office area. Your therapist will offer your a water to drink on your way out.
Some people may experience nausea or a feeling of intoxication after a massage, this is due to the release of toxins and lactic acid build-up in the muscles that is released into the bloodstream during the massage. Remember to drink water after your massage to help flush these out of your system. You may also experience some tenderness and/or soreness after your session. This is normal, especially if you this is your first massage, or if you don't regularly receive massage. This side-effect is similar to the soreness that you might feel after visiting a gym or starting a new work out routine after a long period of inactivity. Stretching sore muscles and placing ice pack on these areas will help to alleviate these symptoms.
Overall, I strive to provide you with the best massage experience possible. Please feel free to ask any questions before, during, or after your massage session.