It’s understandable to be nervous or curious if you’ve never had a massage. My goal is for you to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Here is what you can expect at your massage appointment:
- The first step will be a verbal intake in which the therapist will go over your goals and discuss areas that need to be addressed. It is important to inform your therapist of all medications being used and all current and previous medical conditions and injuries.
- The therapist will leave the room so that you can undress to a level that is comfortable to you. It is acceptable to remove all clothing, as well as to leave some or all on. Massage therapists refer to the blanket and sheet as draping. Draping refers to covering the areas of your body that are not being currently worked on. The genitals and breast tissue will be covered at all times.
- It is important to communicate comfort level to your therapist. Pain, level of pressure, and other neurological effects should be always be voiced. The massage is your time and experience, and it is about you and your needs. You will not offend or bother the therapist by asking for a change in pressure or expressing pain. The therapist will check in with you during the massage to assess your comfort level.
- Whether or not you want to chat with your therapist is up to you. The therapist will not be offended if you want to zone out or sleep and will only engage in conversation with you if it is related to the treatment.
- After the massage, there will be an out-take, in which the therapist will ask how you feel, perform any applicable post-treatment tests, or discuss post-treatment suggestions, such as stretching or referrals.
- Visit my FAQ page for often asked questions.
- Check out my blog post for more information about what to expect during a massage session