What should I expect from the first massage therapy visit?
You should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your first session, if you haven't filled out our online intake form. Your therapist will ask you some questions to get a feel for what your goals are for the session.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
What should I wear during the massage?
You can undress to your own comfort level, some clients remove everything and some leave on their undergarments. The therapist will give you privacy to do so. You will be draped in a sheet at all times during the session except for the area being worked on. If you feel cold, let your therapist know. We have table warmers and additional blankets.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Relax. Make yourself comfortable. Most people close their eyes to help themselves unwind. Focus on taking deep, conscious breaths. Let the therapist know if you need more or less pressure. If an area feels tense for you, take a few deep breaths and try consciously relaxing the area while the therapist works on it. The therapist will ask you to move or turn over when necessary. Feel free to ask questions at any time.
How will a massage feel?
Depending on the techniques used it can range from feeling light and relaxing to very deep and relieving. During a deep tissue massage, you may feel some discomfort when working in knotted areas. Be sure to communicate with your therapist if it becomes too much.
Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That’s why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
How long will a massage treatment last?
30-90 minutes. If you would like a general full-body massage or treatment on one specific area, a 60 minute session will be fine. If you have some specific areas you need addressed and would also like a full-body session, 90 to 120 minute session would be more appropriate.
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 'out of it' (or massage brain), people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage to continue flushing out the cellular waste products that are released from the soft tissues during your body work. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.