Never had a massage before? Here's what to know and expect!
I will ask you to arrive a few minutes early so you may fill out a fairly general health form that will help me in assessing and developing a treatment plan for your session. Typically, this involves disclosing any past accidents or injuries, current medications, what areas are generally bothersome/sore/tense, and what type of session you enjoy. This information is kept completely confidential, as is anything else discussed in our session. Once you finish, we will go over this, and I will ask a few questions to get a better sense of why you came in, and how we can create the most effective session for you.
I will then leave the room so you can get onto the table. Now, when I say, "Get undressed to your comfort level," I mean it. Plenty of people choose to leave various items of clothing on, and some choose to not get undressed at all. Whatever your comfort level is, I can work with it. That being said, skin to skin contact does work best, so I generally will recommend to clients who are not sure that they get fully unclothed. All areas will be fully draped, except the area I am working on at that time. For example, if I am working on your leg, I will use draping techniques to only expose the one leg, then I will re-cover it and move on to the next area.
I will check in with you once or twice about pressure, but it is up to you to let me know if I touch on an area that is more tender. Communication is key - massage does NOT have to hurt in order for you to improve. In fact, often times when you are able to fully relax with the perfect amount of pressure, your muscles and sore spots will let go a lot easier than if you're fighting against a pressure that is too deep, causing you pain. Good communication about pressure and comfort during your session is actually very appreciated by your therapist. :)
Sometimes during your session, I may need to re-adjust a body part in order to better access another area (ie: move your hand away from the side body to better access the side of the hips and glutes) or to move it into a position to work the area in a more productive way. This is something that I am happy to do, and it is often times easier for you to do your best to stay fully relaxed, and not try to "help". :) This will allow you to get the most out of your session.
Once our time is done, I will leave the room so you are able to get dressed. I'll return with a glass of water, and some feedback and discussion regarding our session and what I discovered, along with my opinion of a treatment plan for you to be able to continue your path of restoral and renewal.
I always schedule an additional 30 minutes on top of your session length, so you do not need to feel rushed to get in and out. This allows us to have plenty of time to have a discussion before your session, and to give us time afterward to discuss findings, and for me to show you some self-care exercises that you can incorporate into your life in order to continue receiving the benefits of your massage long after our appointment is over.
Things I just want you to know:
I honestly do not care about the following things: unshaved legs, cellulite, scars of any kind, acne, dry skin, adipose tissue, or your physical appearance in any way. What I do care about is your musculature, how your tissues are responding to a certain technique, whether there is an imbalance between the right and left sides of your body, and how I can be there for you to provide a safe, nurturing environment where you feel comfortable and taken care of.
If you want to talk during your session, that's great! If you prefer to stay silent and "zone out", that's great, too! I go by your lead, because I believe this session is your time. Please feel free to be honest with me about your expectations and needs regarding conversation (or lack thereof) during your session!
I believe everyone would be happier if they made the commitment to themselves to receive massage regularly, and I recommend monthly massage as a great way to improve all aspects of your life. Below is a list of the benefits monthly massage can provide to you: