massage frequently asked questions
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
You will be asked to fill out a health history form. Afterwards, I will ask 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. I may perform certain assessments and tests to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Relaxing music will be played unless you prefer otherwise. You will lie on a heated massage table especially designed for your comfort.
How long will a massage treatment last?
That is determined by you the client. A full-body massage treatment usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. If you want a full body massage and you have specific issues to address, you should book an appointment for a minimum of 60 minutes. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
Shorter sessions of 30 minutes are available if you are pressed for time or just want a brief moment of relaxation in your day.
How should I prepare for a massage?
•Plan ahead so you are able to arrive and leave on time without feeling stressed.
•If there's a particularly relaxing piece of music you prefer, you can bring an Ipod with your own music. I also have a wide selection of music from which to choose.
•Think about any problem areas you'd like to have worked on; write them down if you think you might forget.
•Don’t eat heavily prior to a massage
What do I wear during my massage?
For a full body massage, most people undress to their underwear or you may choose to undress completely. It depends on what makes you most comfortable. You will be given privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except for the area which is being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
The goal is for you to be as comfortable as possible. You don’t have to do anything, but feel free to speak up with any needs you may have. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. Feedback on the warmth of the room, pressure of massage and massage technique is always welcome, as well as any other questions you may have. Feedback helps make your massage exactly what you want it to be. Some people “zone out” into a place between sleep and wake. The experience is different for each person.
How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. During a Thai massage, there will be also be compressions and decompressions and passive stretching techniques used. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that another approach or technique can be used.
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. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your treatment. Sometimes it is recommended to take a hot Epsom salt bath to encourage the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage.