FAQ's About Massage Therapy
What to expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you.
Where will my massage therapy session take place?
Your massage therapy session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
What do I wear during the massage?
For a full body a massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on. For the safety and comfort of both patient and therapist you will be properly draped at ALL times.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time. No form of sexual misconduct will be tolerated by client or therapist.
How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
How do I set an appointment?
You can often get an appointment for the next day. Same day appointments may not always be available and not always guaranteed. Planning ahead makes it more likely you will be able to reserve the time that you want.
Is massage therapy always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage therapy inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
How long will a massage therapy treatment last?
The average full-body massage therapy treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term 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. It is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
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