Your First Massage Therapy Session
I believe everyone should be able to take advantage of the wonderful therapeutic and stress relieving benefits of massage therapy. I am committed to ensuring that every time you visit, you enjoy a calming and healing experience. If this is your first visit to Calming Wellness or have yet to receive a professional massage therapy session, I thought it would be helpful for you to know what to expect on your first visit.
Meet and Greet
Once you arrive, I will greet you and ask you to fill out a Client Intake Form. The Client Intake Form is where you record any medical history, past/present injuries and other physical conditions I should be made aware of. I will greet you and review the Client Intake Form with you. I will inquire about the reason(s) you are coming for a massage, your current physical condition and any specific areas in which you are experiencing pain or would like addressed during your massage.
The Massage Room
I will then take you to a relaxing, spa-like treatment room where a comfortable massage table dressed with a warming blanket and crisp clean sheets awaits. A small shelf for your personal belongings and a chair are also provided for your use. I will leave the room and wait outside while you disrobe to your level of comfort. Some clients prefer to completely disrobe, while some will remain partially clothed. Once disrobed, you will lie on the massage table, under the top sheet. I will give you a few minutes for this process and will knock on the door to ask if you are ready before entering your room.
You will always be draped with the top sheet during your massage session and an additional blanket is available at your request. I will only uncover the part of the body I am working on, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times.
You can expect a calming and comfortable environment during your massage. The massage table is padded and a heating blanket is placed beneath the sheet, which you can have adjusted to your preference. There will be relaxing music playing, unless you request otherwise, and the room should be quiet, with no outside distractions.
Your Needs First
Before beginning the session, I will ask you to alert me if, at any time during the session, a technique or stroke I am using is uncomfortable. Depending on your specific needs or requests, I will either perform a customized full-body massage (for general relaxation and stress reduction) or focus on the specific parts of your body that you have requested.
Once your massage therapy session is completed, I will leave the room so you may re-dress. I will meet you in the front area when you are finished.
I look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Ten Tips to Get the Most From Your Massage
Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.
Don’t eat just before a massage session. Let your body digest your meal first.
Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.
Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. If you don’t want to remove your clothing, wear clothing that will be comfortable during the massage and will allow the massage therapist to touch and move the areas of your body you expect will need to be massaged.
Communicate with your massage therapist
Before the session, give accurate health information and let the massage therapist know your expectations and reasons for the massage.
Allergies to Oils, Lotions– The therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. If you are allergic to any oils or lotions tell your massage therapist, who can choose a substitute.
- Recorded music is generally played during the massage session. If it’s provided, let your massage therapist know if you have any music preferences or if you would prefer they turn off the music.
Some people like to talk during a massage, while others remain silent. Tell your massage therapist what you prefer.
- During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.
- Give feedback to the massage therapist during the massage on the amount of pressure, speed of hand movement, etc. If anything happens that you dislike or seems improper, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.
- Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It’s important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. Your massage therapist is a professional dedicated to do her best to help you feel at ease.
Remember to breathe normally. Breathing helps facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged.
Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up by contracting or hardening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. Let your massage therapist know this is happening. They may need to adjust the massage technique they use and may also be able to help you relax the affected area. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centered and to quiet your mind is to follow the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels.
Drink extra water after your massage.
Don’t get up too quickly and do allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session. If you’re dizzy or light headed after the massage, do not get off the table too fast. It also may take a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the massage session.
Be prepared to schedule several massage sessions. Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. If you’re getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed.