What should I expect from my first
How do I prepare for a massage and
what do I do afterward?
To prepare yourself for your massage,
taking a nice warm shower, or a short soak in the hot tub is a
great way to start to unwind and prepare yourself for the massage.
Don't worry about your body type or appearance, massage therapists
have seen hundreds of bodies of all types, we are here to work on
YOUR body, and to do what we can to make this a positive
experience for YOU.
A glass or two of wine is fine, but any
more can seriously effect your bodies ability to cope with the
toxins that will be released with your massage. Most importantly,
just relax, and look forward to this time for your health and
On your first meeting, your massage
therapist will do an "intake" - asking questions about your
general health, specific injuries and whether you are under a
doctor's care. They may also ask you to stand or walk around for
them to do a "postural analysis". Ask any questions you have for
your therapist at this time. The entire process only takes a few
minutes and should not substantially cut into your massage time.
The therapist will then give you
instructions on how they want you on the table (face up/down etc.)
They should be out of the room while you are changing.
The massage room should be clean,
private and quiet. Some therapists use music, candles,
aromatherapy or soothing sounds to assist your relaxation and
enhance your message. If you don't want any of those things you
are free to ask the therapist to stop using them. Also, each
therapist likes to use a special oil or lotion. If you have
something you like to use on your skin, bring it and they will be
happy to use it.
If you are getting a massage for
relaxation, there should be little or no talking. For deep tissue
work the therapist will be checking in with you to make sure you
are tolerating the work and to remind you to breathe and relax.
Sometimes light conversation is used to distract clients during
the deep work.
The client is always in control of the
massage! Whether to talk or not, if there should be music or no
music or different music, whether to use scent or not during your
massage, whether your massage should be deeper or lighter. If you
are uncomfortable at all, always speak up and be honest with your
therapist about your expectations and comfort. However, at any
time the massage professional feels threatened or uncomfortable
with a situation, they can end the session immediately, and you
will be required to pay the entire fee.
Massage is strictly professional and
conscientious body work for relaxation of mind, body and soul.
Afterward, if you are able and
not restricted due to medication, drink plenty of water to help
your body's organs flush the toxins which will have been released
and cleanse your tissues and cells replenishing them with new
fresh blood and nutrients. Allow the effects of the massage to
linger, and just let go, relax and enjoy the release of stress,
soreness and pressure your body has been holding for to long
Do I have to completely undress?
No. However, to derive the highest
benefits of a massage, the client should be disrobed to allow the
therapist to employ techniques without the disruption which
Many techniques are most effective when
performed directly to the body. The therapist will leave the room
while you undress, get comfortable on the massage table and cover
yourself with the sheet he/she will use to "drape" you during the
It does not matter to the professional
therapist what you wear during YOUR massage. They will work to
give you the best massage no matter what you are wearing. You
disrobe to the degree YOU decide for YOUR massage.
If is your first massage, you may be a
little nervous and may want to wear some kind of swim wear or
underwear. Your therapist will understand, so be comfortable and
enjoy your massage wearing what you choose, if anything at all.
Remember that you can wear a suit of armor if you choose to
although your massage will not feel as good and the price is
generally the same.
What does massage do - other than feel
Scientific study has now proven many of
the healing aspects of massage, that some cultures have known for
thousand of years.
Just a few of the benefits of Massage
are listed here;
*Helps rid the body of toxins
*Stretches superficial tissue
*Assists lymphatic and venous flow
*Helps to break up and loosen
subcutaneous scar tissue
*Increases nutrition to the cells and
*Increases the red and white blood cell
*Can help reduce certain types of edema
*Increases respiration to the skin
*Stimulates the sensory receptors
(nerves) of the skin and deeper tissue
*Relieves joint ache and pain
*Promotes good posture and self esteem
*Improves tone and texture of the skin
*Causes release of natural endorphins
and promotes relaxation
Can I bring someone with me to my
Many of our clients have massages along
with their partners, we permit your having someone with you during
your massage. If you have someone with you during your massage,
they should be quiet and non-interfering with the therapists
performance of the massage. Excessive talking, laughter, and being
in the way of the therapist at the massage table are to be
The relationship between the client and
therapist is very important. Your partner will get much more from
the massage experience if the atmosphere is more quiet. However,
feel free to be nearby your loved one, as this is a wonderful
shared experience. If however you would like to sit in the hot
tub, take a shower, or read a book until its your turn, that will
be fine as well. Whatever is best for you and your partner.
Are there reasons that massage might
not be recommended?
Yes. There are several conditions
and situations when massage may not be recommended.
Contra-indications may be temporary or permanent and may require
physician recommendation or approval. Of course, any of the
following are obvious contra-indications:
the therapist expected?
While any gratuity is always at the
discretion of the client, it is customary and welcomed by your
massage therapist. The fee you pay for your massage to the
therapist or cashier belongs strictly to the business. While
tipping is not required, it is most welcome and goes directly to
your massage therapist. It does not matter if the therapist is the
owner, partner or employee of the massage business.
Tipping the person who gave you your
massage is a nice gesture if he/she has given you a good massage.
If you do decide to give your therapist a tip, the amount to give
is entirely up to you.
The average tip is 15-20% of the charge
for the particular service the therapist performed.
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