What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form prior to your first meeting. Upon arrival for your session the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions that need to be addressed, and to determine if and what type of massage is appropriate for you.
It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.
Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?
Once you are undressed and on the table under the drape (sheet and blanket), the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will NOT be uncovered. If the therapist is going to work on a woman's abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
After a massage most people feel relaxed, and a decrease in or freedom from typical aches and pains. Some notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days after the massage.
If you received a deep massage, you may feel sore the next day - like you might feel after a workout. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness.
After your session you should always increase your water intake. This helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy.
How many sessions will I need?
Every body is unique and every condition effects people in different ways. It may take one session to improve, or it may take several. The number of suggested sessions is also dependent on what you are coming in for. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session, when your therapist is able to evaluate your tissue.
When should I NOT get a massage?
You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection.
There are other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt their techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn't mean you can't get massage. But its always better to err on the side of caution, and discuss with your massage therapist.
Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.
How often should I get a massage?
It varies from person to person. If you are simply looking for occasional relaxation, then a 60 minute session every 3-6 weeks could work for you.
However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to come more frequently at first and then potentially decrease to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.
Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your therapist after your treatment once a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues is established.
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