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What to Expect from Your Massage Therapy Session
Before Your Session
Client Record Sheet and Interview
If you are a first time client, you will be asked to fill out a client record sheet in order for the therapist to get some background information, as well as what is presently going on with your body. Your therapist will then interview you in one of our massage therapy rooms to review this information and find out your hopes and expectations. The client record sheet is filled out at your initial visit only, but your massage therapist will discuss your well-being before every session to be sure that your needs for that session are addressed. First time clients, please allow an extra half-hour for this process.
We are more than happy to answer any questions about massage techniques that we discuss with you. We want to address all your concerns so that you can be as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your massage.
Remember, this is your time. Forget about your worries and concerns. Put them aside for the time being and really allow your body, mind and spirit to let go and just be. You deserve it! Take advantage of the opportunity to unwind and it will last well after you leave us.
During Your Session
Once the interview is complete, your therapist will leave the room to allow you to use the restroom and get on the massage table between the sheets. Please remove all clothing, jewelry, and glasses before getting on the table. You may leave your underwear on or off. Either way, a sheet will cover you the entire time.
Your therapist will drape you carefully with a sheet throughout the massage. The only area of your body that will be uncovered will the area being worked on at that time -- abdomen, back or the arm or leg that is receiving treatment at that time.
The temperature of the treatment room should be comfortable at all times during your massage. The temperature is easily adjusted, so let your massage therapist know if you would like to be warmer or cooler.
Each massage therapist chooses ambient music to serve as a relaxing enhancement to your treatment; of course. musical preferences differ, so please feel free to request genre if you like. You are also welcome to bring your own CDs of music you would like to listen to during your massage.
Massage can cause a temporary increase in elimination; sometimes that means you may need to use the restroom during your massage. If this is the case, please let your massage therapist know. A short break will not change the relaxing benefits of your massage.
Your massage therapist may ask you to lay face down on the massage table during your massage. Your face will be resting in a "face cradle", a highly adjustable padded ring that supports your forehead, cheekbones and chin in an open circle. You will be able to see, breath and talk while resting in the face cradle. Your therapist will adjust it to your maximum comfort. If you find that lying face down causes your sinuses to run or clog, let your therapist know if you need a tissue or a whiff of eucalyptus oil to open your sinuses.
Taking full, relaxed breaths will enhance the restorative quality of your massage session. If your therapist is working on a tense area, your full, gentle breathing will help bring in more oxygen and encourage those areas to relax.
If at any time your therapist's pressure feels too light or too deep, please let the therapist know. In some tense areas the pressure may "hurt in a good way", but should never feel truly uncomfortable. Do keep in mind that your therapist is constantly adjusting pressure according to what they are feeling in your tissues. For best results, dialog with your therapist if tense areas are being worked on to get the most therapeutic benefit in the most comfortable way.
After your session
A massage can be extremely relaxing. You may feel a little "floaty" or "out of it" after a massage. Please take your time after your therapist leaves the therapy room. Relax for a few minutes before rising to dress. If you like, you are welcome to sit in our outer room and drink a glass of water before driving.
Massage pulls toxins out of your tissues; this is one of the restorative benefits of massage therapy. Drinking plenty of water after a massage will help flush these toxins out of your body before they have a chance to resettle.
Sometimes you may feel a little sore the day after a massage. If this is the case, you may wish to soak in a warm bath containing Epsom salt. The magnesium and sulfate in Epsom salt helps to relieve muscle soreness. Epsom salt can be purchased at any drug store. This is always recommended after a deep tissue massage.