Knowing what to expect at your first Massage Therapy session will help to ease any anxiety you may have.
First things first if you need to use the restroom please do so prior to your massage you will be able to relax and enjoy your massage much more……with an empty bladder.
Before your session begins, I will ask you to complete a client information form. The purpose of this confidential form is to maximize the safety and effectiveness of your massage.
I will ask you what your goals are for your massage therapy session. Are you experiencing stress and want to feel relaxed…Do you have knots or tightening in your neck, shoulders, back pain or pain anywhere on your body. Depending on your needs and requests, I will perform a customized full body massage for relaxation and stress reduction and/or focus on specific parts of your body that you have requested.
There will be a padded massage table with clean sheets and a blanket. The lighting will be soft. I will have music softly playing in the background and a lit candle to give the room a light scent.
I instruct you to undress to your level of comfort and then lie under the sheet face up. I will leave the room to give you privacy to undress and knock on the door to re- enter when you are comfortable and ready to begin your session.
When I first come into the room I will make sure you are comfortable and warm. I will place a bolster under your knees to relieve any pressure on your back. I will add a blanket if you need it.
The top sheet appropriately drapes you at all times. Only the part of the body I am working on is exposed.
I start with a gentle contact to your shoulders and I will ask you to take some deep cleansing breaths.
While in the supine position (face up), I will massage your scalp, face, neck, shoulders, hands, arms, legs and feet.
I use a massage cream to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Communication is very important during a massage therapy session; so at any time you feel the pressure is too deep or even too light, please tell me so I can adjust accordingly. After about 30 minutes, I will have you turn on to your stomach (prone position). I hold the sheet in such a way that you are never exposed. A bolster is placed under your ankles to take the pressure off your lower back. Once you are comfortable, the last 30 minutes focuses on your back, legs, shoulders, and neck. Of course, if there are specific areas needing extra attention, I will focus extra time in those areas. At the end of your massage I use heated towels on your back. Ahh...
A typical Massage Therapy session lasts for 60 minutes. I will gently let you know that your session is over and leave the room for you to redress. Some people experience light-headedness after a massage therapy session, so always take your time getting up.
Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.