You’re probably hoping to experience the massage benefit of reduced stress, but maybe not knowing what to expect from you first session is actually creating stress. Let’s take out all the guessing about what to expect from your session. If you know what to expect, then you’ll be able to relax and enjoy it.
Before your session begins, I will ask you to complete a History Intake Form. All of the information collected on this form and shared through dialogue with me will always be 100% confidential. The purpose of this form is to open the channels of communication and maximize the safety and effectiveness of your massage session.
During our consultation, I will ask you what your goals are for your massage therapy session. For instance,
- Are you experiencing stress and want to feel relaxed?
- Do you have a chronic or long standing pain pattern and need relief?
- Do you have knots, tightening or pain in your neck, shoulders, low back, etc?
- Are you a runner (any other sports) with sore calves and/or thighs?
- Do you suffer from emotional trauma? (i.e. grief, accidents, witness to horrific injury, etc. )
- Are you looking for mental clarity and expanded consciousness?
Depending on your needs, goals and requests, we will design a treatment of the day to best suited to issues presented. When we are ready to start the hands-on portion session, we will go into the massage therapy room. There will be a padded massage table covered with clean sheets and a blanket if you need.
I will leave the room to give you privacy to either change into t-shirt & shorts/yoga pants. I will knock on the door to re-enter when you are comfortable and ready to begin your session.
It is important that you are warm and completely comfortable during your session. If you get cold, or an area starts to ache during the session, please let me know so we can remedy the situation.
Depending on the style of work and goals of the session, we may work in standing, seated, laying in supine (client lays on back), side-lying, or prone (client lays on stomach). If we are in pre-natal massage or clients with cancer, then we may need to work more in a side-lying position and prop you up with pillows to ensure your comfort. If we are doing Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, the client should plan to wear a loose tank and bathing suit bottoms or light weight loose shorts.
A typical session lasts for 90 minutes. Most clients come to work on releasing deep patterns, which requires a slow unwind to avoid recoil or back lash. When the session is over, I will gently let you know that it is time to get up. Some people experience light-headedness after a session, so we leave time for gently rising back to ordinary reality. If you tend to be lightheaded after bodywork, let me know so we can plan the session accordingly.
Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water before and following your massage.
If you should have any questions regarding your first (or any) massage therapy session, please feel free to contact me.
Massage Therapy Tips:
1. Do not drink alcohol prior to your scheduled appointment. Do not eat a large meal before your session. No Big Gulp-sized sodas/beverages prior to appointment.
2. Do not be afraid to ask questions before and during the session. Give feedback to your Massage Therapist about your comfort and level of pressure.
3. Try to arrive at least 10 minutes early to your session, so you are not in a rushed state.
4. Drink plenty of water 24 hours BEFORE and AFTER your session.
5. Make sure to mention if you are allergic to any lotions, oils, detergents or fragrances.
6. Be sure to remove all jewelry and Turn Off your cell phone.