is my first professional massage. How should I prepare? What can I expect?
We love introducing people to massage therapy! The short answer is "Don't eat
a lot beforehand, disclose all medical conditions, and expect your preferences (pressure, areas to focus on, areas to skip)
to be respected." The long answer:
(a) You will likely be most comfortable on a somewhat empty stomach (but don't arrive starving...have a snack!). No need to shave or shower first.
(b) Complete a health history upon arrival.
(c) The intake conversation is an opportunity to discuss specific concerns
(e.g. lower back pain) and convey any areas that you want us to avoid. The therapist will advise which
position to start in (face-up, face-down, or on your side) and then leave so that you
may disrobe in privacy. We use a wider range of techniques if you disrobe completely;
However, we will
accomodate any clothing level and have worked with clients who remained fully clothed. Please remove jewelry (rings and stud earrings are ok).
(d) You will then get under
the sheets before the therapist returns. Sheets and towels will drape you throughout, exposing
only the areas that are being massaged.
(e) It is essential to communicate
any discomfort as witholding feedback could result in
injury. Massage doesn't need to hurt to be effective; Please don't "grin and bear it" if the pressure is too deep!
Many people choose not to chat, but some find it relaxing. The
therapist will follow your lead.
(f) Your therapist will quietly let you know when the
massage is over and leave the room. Please rest and relax before
slowly rising from the table to
(g) Did everything
meet your needs? Are there changes that could be made to improve your next massage? Let us know how we did!