Friday 15 December 2017

Your First Visit

Never had a massage and unsure of what to expect? Here lie your answers.

  1. YOUR ASSESSMENT

-For your first appointment, arrive 15 minutes early to give you enough time to fill out paperwork before your massage time begins.  This paperwork is designed to address any current or past conditions that you may have.  You will list all surgeries, medical conditions, and medications that may influence your comfort during the massage.  This ensures that you get the most out of your session.

-Five minutes before the massage begins, you and your therapist discuss your paperwork, your massage pressure preference, and what you hope to get out of your session.  This is also when you discuss whether  you are looking to relax or address a specific issue, have a full body massage or partial body massage.  Please do not hesitate to address your therapist with any questions or concerns you may have.  Remember, this is your session and we want you to be comfortable and relaxed.

2. YOUR MASSAGE

-The therapist will then take you to the massage room and give you a quick tour of where to put your belongings. The therapist will then leave and give you some time to disrobe to your comfort level.  Some clients are comfortable taking everything off, while others are more comfortable with partial clothing removal.  Either option is fine, it’s whatever you are comfortable with.

-You will then get under both the soft, clean sheet and blanket and wait for your therapist to knock on the door for permission to enter.  This is where you can discuss your preference on music, lighting, or temperature.  There is a table warming device that is adjustable throughout your session.  A lot of people like to get into a warm bed, but get hot during in the session.  Please do not hesitate to vocalize any concerns. Again, this is YOUR massage.

-The therapist will then apply gel, lotion, or shea butter to your skin and begin the session.  They will ask how the pressure feels throughout the massage. Please be honest in your preferences, you will not hurt our feelings:) Proper draping ettiquette ensures that during the massage, every part of your body is covered by the sheet except the section that is being worked on.

*tip: PROPER BREATHING TECHNIQUES ARE IMPORTANT. Especially during a deep tissue or neuromuscular massage, breathing through a tender trigger point allows the muscle to release faster.  During a good stretch, your body’s natural reaction is to tense up and hold your breath, which can be counterproductive during a massage.  Breathing deeply through the stretch, can ensure a faster muscle release, which allows you to get the best result from your session.

-Some people like to talk during a massage, others don’t. Some talk a little then concentrate on the massage. It isn’t uncommon to have an hour of complete silence during a massage.  This allows for both parties to concentrate, so don’t feel obligated to entertain your therapist. We are here for you.

3. AFTER YOUR MASSAGE

-When your hour is over, the therapist quietly makes you aware then leaves the room.  Take this moment to relax a while longer and take your time getting up.  After a massage some people can feel a little light headed, so this time is important to relax and recoup.

-Your therapist wil be waiting outside of the door for you with a bottled water, ask how you are feeling, then give you some follow up tips. You will also discuss any plans or recommendations that they have for your future wellness.  Following up on this advice is crucial.  Whether it be stretching at home, proper hydration, an excercise regimen, or healthier eating habits, taking care of yourself outside of the massage room is just as important.  Take this post massage discussion seriously and ask questions. We are here to answer them to the best of our knowledge.

*WHY IS HYDRATING AFTER A MASSAGE SO IMPORTANT? During a massage, minerals and toxins are released from the muscle into the bloodstream. Drinking water after a massage flushes these out of your system, giving you better results and making the most out of your massage.

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