First, a new client will fill out an intake form for health information. This allows the therapist to make sure that the massage gives you the best results and to be careful about any health risks or contraindications to the massage type chosen. This is often the time when the massage specifics will be discussed, to include areas that need more attention, type of pressure, the length of the massage and any other preferences you may have for the best massage ever. You will be asked what type of music you would enjoy during the massage. You can also opt for no music, if you prefer.
Next, the client will be taken into the massage room and given instructions for the massage, such as where to hang your clothes.. The therapist will leave the room while the client prepares for the massage. The client will be asked undress to their comfort level. Most folks disrobe to their underwear, but you may feel more comfortable completely undressed or clothed. It is important to know that you will always be covered by the sheets. Only the body part being worked on will be uncovered, such as the back, legs, or arms.
From here, the client will position themselves face down on the massage table under the sheets.
The therapist will knock and return to the room and the massage will begin. You can opt from many different positioning devices, such as the face cradle for your head and neck, a bolster for resting your ankles, a small pillow for your neck an eyes while face up. Your therapist will guide you through getting you positioned correctly once returning to the massage room.
Once the massage begins you will be asked if the pressure is comfortable. Pressure can be very light to very deep. It’s recommended to begin with a light to medium pressure for your first massage. This will allow you to get familiar with the entire massage process before adjusting the pressure deeper. It is very important to communicate if you feel any pain. You might feel discomfort while a knot is being worked on but this discomfort should be temporary.
Speaking of communication, it’s important to let your therapist know if there is anything that may make your massage experience better. This includes pressure level, room temperature, and noise level. Don’t feel compelled to have a conversation with your therapist. Generally, the therapist will follow your conversation lead. Quiet time may allow you to slip into the relaxation bliss you need.
You can always contact the therapist with questions prior to the massage. You first massage will pave the way for a new way to have better health and stress relief.