What To Expect
Before the Massge
When you arrive at the office, I’ll have an intake form for you to complete to review your health history and unique requirements. This is necessary in order to work safely. We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what you your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need help regaining range of motion? Do you need to relax? Are there any bothersome areas where you would like special attention? This is a collaborative process and we will set up a treament plan together.
After we agree on a plan I’ll show you the massage room and walk you through the massage process. I’ll leave the room so you may use the restroom, undress, get on the massage table, and get comfortable under the draping sheet and blanket. I will always check with you before reentering the treament room to ensure your modesty. Once in the room I will help adjust you on the table for maximum comfort. We may use pillows or bolsters under the knees, head, or other areas as indicated. I will check in with you about the room temperature and we can apply or remove blankets as necessary to ensure your comfort.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear is entirely up to you. You can remove all clothes or no clothes according to your preference. The majority of clients tend to remove most of their clothing keeping their underwear on. Please undress to your comfort level. You will be properly draped and covered throughout the entire massage.
Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, I may start the massage on your face, neck and shoulders, or maybe on your back. I use a light, unscented professional massage cream, lotion, or oil to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin (Unless performing myofacial work where the friction is a part of the treatment). While I have a variety of scented essential oils, I will never use them without your prior permission. Please inquire about the benefits of essential oils if this interests you.
During the massage
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work! This takes practice to let go and allow someone else do the work of moving your body. As you relax more this usually becomes less of an issue. You can close your eyes or keep them open, rest, sleep, meditate, talk or not talk - it is entirely up to you. This is your massage - do what makes you comfortable. I may offer some suggestions, but I will follow your lead. You are in control of your session.
As we work together it’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause you pain. Pain is not okay. Pain is an indication of real or potential tissue damage.There may be a certain level of discomfort and a "good ache" if we’re working on a problem area, however, we do not want to inflict pain or cause any damage. Our goal is to work safely and effectively - this can be acheived without inducing pain. Therefore its extremely important that you tell me about any pain or discomfort so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.
I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music! I will not be offended and will be happy to modify accordingly. Again, this is your massage. I want you to enjoy your treatment and be comfortable. This is extremely important to reap the most therapeutic benefit.
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please call me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.
Following your massage it is important to stay well hydrated by drinking lots of water. This aids in lubricating the tissues and joints that were just worked on and enhances the effects of treatment. It is also a great way to stay healthy and flush toxins from the body. It is recommended to consume roughly 3 liters of water or non-caffeinated beverages per day (12 or more 8 ounce glasses). If possible, avoid alcohol in the first 24 hours following your massage treatment session.
I hope you enjoy your massage! You can schedule online here anytime.