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What to expect

If you have never experienced a professional massage it can be a little uncomfortable not knowing what to expect.

Below are some things you should expect before, during and after your massage.

Preliminary Information

  • Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your health and wellness goals. This may be done through an intake form or verbally.

  • The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome.

  • This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Privacy

  • Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.

  • The massage therapist will leave the room while you undress. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing.

  • Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.

Environment

  • Music might be played. If you find music distracting, tell your massage therapist. The same goes for talking during your session.

  • Your massage therapist should check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you're uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist.

  • The massage table is padded and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie face down without turning your head or neck.

 

Massage Therapy Session

  • Massage therapists often use oil or lotion. If you're allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand.

  • If you're receiving a hot stone massage, make sure you're comfortable with the temperature of the stones, and always tell your massage therapist if you are uncomfortable.

  • Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.

  • Remember to breathe normally.

  • Table massage usually lasts between 30 and 90 minutes.

  • After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.

  • Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.

Follow Up

  • The benefits of massage therapy are cumulative, so work with your massage therapist to customize a plan to meet your health and wellness goals.

What to Expect From Your Massage Session

  • Mutual respect, courtesy, professionalism, confidentiality and dignity between you and the massage therapist

  • Being draped appropriately by a sheet, towel or blanket, with only the area being massaged exposed

  • A licensed professional massage therapist, working within their scope of practice and in an ethical manner. Expect them to be a member of a professional association with a code of ethics.

  • A health intake conversation about your medical conditions and your expectations for the massage

  • The right and option to ask questions of the massage therapist and receive professional responses

  • The right to determine if there will be conversation, music or quiet during the massage

  • An explanation of the nature of the massage and techniques to be used before the start of the massage

  • The right to consent to the massage techniques and approaches, including the level of manual pressure, used in the massage and the ability to request adjustments to pressure at any time during the massage

  • The right to stop a massage and report anything they feel is inappropriate during the massage.

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