Is this your first massage?
If you’ve never been to a massage therapist before, you are in for a treat. Regardless of whether you are coming for medical reasons or just to relieve stress, massage can have an amazing curative effect. Therapeutic massage releases chronic tension and pain in muscles, improves circulation and respiration, increases flexibility in the joints and reduces mental and physical fatigue. In addition, therapeutic massage is one of the most effective means available to combat stress.
What is the first appointment like?
You will first be asked to fill out a new client intake form so please come a few minutes early for your appointment. This information helps your therapist to assess your needs and to design a treatment plan that is suitable for your condition. This is necessary since there are some circumstances for which massage is not appropriate. After taking the health history, the therapist may assess your posture, range of motion, muscle strength, ask your goals, and discuss a treatment plan. You will be shown how to lie comfortably on the massage table. Your therapist will leave the room so that you may disrobe and cover yourself on the table. During the treatment you may wear as much or as little clothing as you wish. Patients will always be covered by a sheet or a blanket, uncovering only the area being massaged. We would rather have you fully clothed and comfortable than totally unclothed and nervous. Generally a hypoallergenic, non-scented oil is applied to the skin over the area to be treated. The basic style of massage used is composed of Swedish techniques. The pressure used should be within your tolerance level. Be sure to let your therapist know if it is not. Massage often finds tender points in the body. These are areas that you may be unaware of, but are tender or even painful to the touch. They may even be the cause of pain that is felt in other areas. The therapist is trained in ways of lessening and relieving them. Feel free to ask questions before, during, and after the treatment and give feedback to your therapist regarding techniques, pressure applied, etc. Remember, the more feedback that you give, the better the massage will be for you. Just relax, close your eyes, breathe deeply, listen to the soft music in the background and enjoy your massage treatment.