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What to Expect at Your Massage Session

 

Preliminary Information

  • The massage therapist will ask you to fill out a health intake form to determine your overall health and your desired results from massage therapy. You can download the form here to complete at your convenience and bring to your scheduled appointment.
  • She will assess your needs and explore your motivation in getting massage, including your health and wellness goals.
  • The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome.
  • This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Privacy

  • Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.
  • The therapist will leave the room while you undress and remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing.
  • Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet and blanket, which will cover your body except for the area being massaged and ensure that you are warm and comfortable.
  • All of your personal, health and treatment information will be kept confidentially.
  • Chair massages, which often are offered in public spaces and workplaces, are an exception to the above descriptions. A specially-designed massage chair lets you lean forward and supports the front of the body. You remain clothed and no oil or lotion is used.

Environment

  • Music might be played during your massage session. If you find music distracting, let your massage therapist know your preferences. The same goes for talking. If you prefer to enjoy your session relaxing with no conversation that will be respected.
  • Your massage therapists will check in about pressure and comfort during your session. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, let your massage therapist know.
  • The massage table is padded and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck, and a bolster to support your ankles and knees to reduce strain on your joints. Additional pillows can be provided for support if needed.

The Massage

  • The massage therapist may use oil, lotion or gel, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you have skin sensitivities or allergies to oils, lotions or nuts, tell your massage therapist before your massage begins.
  • Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except for private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.
  • Remember to breathe normally.
  • Table massage sessions usually last beween 30 and 90 minutes.
  • After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. Usually your massage therapist will offer you water after you’re dressed.
  • Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.

Follow Up

  • The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so talk with your massage therapist about a recommended treatment plan to meet your health and wellness goals.