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What should I expect from my first massage?
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 mind.

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 clothing causes.
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 massage.
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 good?

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 skin
*Increases the red and white blood cell count
*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
*Assists digestion
*Causes release of natural endorphins and promotes relaxation


Can I bring someone with me to my massage session?

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 avoided.
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:

Are pregnant
Wear contact lenses
Have inflammation of any kind
Have any cysts
Are anemic
Have any tumors
Have a hernia condition
Have arthritis/bursitis
Have been diagnosed with varicose veins
Have a skin condition or rash
Have a hematoma
Have diverticulitis
Have had embolisms
Have ever had aneurysms
Have phlebitis
Have edema
Have fever
Have an open wound
Have ringworm
Have paralysis of any kind
Have any undiagnosed medical problems
Have numbness or tingling in any part of body
Are under physician care for hypertension
Have suffered a mental breakdown
Have had seizures of any type
Are under cardiologist care
Are being treated for cancer
Are a hemophiliac
Have arteriosclerosis
Have multiple sclerosis
Suffer from tuberculosis
Have uncontrollable diabetes
Have a gout condition


Is "tipping" 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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