What to Expect at your First Massage
You may have some concerns if you have never had a massage or if it’s been a long time since your last massage.
- General relaxation
- To reduce stress and anxiety
- To relieve sore and tight muscles
- To relieve tension headaches
- To speed recovery from sports activities
- To improve circulation
- As a complement to chiropractic care
- To improve overall health and well-being
On the day of your first appointment, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out a medical history form.
We ask that clients bath before their massage appointment for both the comfort of the client as well as the therapist.
We reserve the right to reschedule the massage if the client is not bathed.
Please express any concerns you have before, during, or after the treatment. We will discuss your concerns before the massage and decide together on an approach that will benefit you.
You have the option of starting the massage face up or face down. Some of your concerns may be:
Why do I have to tell you my medical history?
Massage affects your body in ways that go far beyond your skin and muscles. Massage affects your cardiovascular system and your immune system, and stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response. It is important to determine that massage is safe and appropriate for you. A full medical history can also help your therapist to be aware of any areas that need to be avoided, such as a recent injury site or skin condition.
Do I have to take all my clothes off and will I be exposed?
No. You will get unclothed to your comfort level. For some clients the comfort level may mean leaving the undergarments on. That is fine. Most people who receive massage regularly find it safe to undress completely, allowing the therapist to access the lower back and hip area. You will then get under a sheet and blanket. You will be fully covered except for the area of the body that is being massaged. The genitals and breasts are never exposed or massaged. Getting fully unclothed is beneficial if you need work on your lower back area. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable, so do what feels right to you.
Should I talk during the massage?
Some people like complete silence so they can relax, while others like the social interaction. I will honor your preference. To talk or not to talk is up to you. Please always tell me if something feels uncomfortable. It won’t hurt my feelings. The most important thing is that you enjoy your massage.
Should massage be painful?
If your goal is to relieve muscle tension and pain, you may feel a “good” type of pain during the massage. The “good” type of pain should never cross the line where it doesn’t feel good. Please tell me if this happens so that I can lighten my technique. If you experience delayed soreness the day after the massage, take a hot bath with Epsom Salts and drink plenty of water. Generally people feel deeply relaxed and refreshed after a massage. Massage may reduce aches and pains, increase joint mobility, and improve mood.
Are there reasons why I should not get a massage?
Yes, there are some restrictions.
- Uncontrolled diabetes or blood pressure.
- Recent accidents, surgery or fractures.
- A current infection.
- A fever.
- A cold in the early stages.
- Any contagious disease(s).
- Also, clients taking blood thinners should ask their physicians if it is safe to get a massage.
Some other medical conditions may require the approval from your doctor. Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check, mastercard, or visa. If you need to cancel your appointment, I require 24 hours’ notice. This is so that the valuable appointment time can be given to another client.
Remember the most important thing is that the massage is Time For You to relax and have the focus on you.