What to expect when you've never had a massage.
If you have never had massage in the past, you may have some questions or be a little nervous about the experience. The following summary may help ease some of your concerns:
What to expect
When you arrive, I’ll ask you to complete a brief intake form. We’ll talk about why you are coming in for a massage and establish your goals for the session. Are you needing to relax? Hoping to ease pain? Recently completed a marathon and seeking post-event recovery? Are you in treatment for cancer?
I’ll show you the massage room and walk you through the massage process, discussing what is typical for the session we’ve determined would best meet your goals. I’ll leave the room so you may undress, get on the massage table, and get comfortable under the draping sheet & blanket. If you are uncomfortable lying on your back or stomach, we’ll talk about options for side-lying and creative bolstering with pillows and rolled towels.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear it is entirely up to you. Simply put: bottom undergarment can be left on or taken off. You will be properly draped throughout the massage.
Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, I may start the massage on your face, neck and shoulders, or maybe on your back. I use a light, grapeseed and coconut oil based cream to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.
During the massage
At the start of your session, I’ll encourage you to let your body relax and sink into the table. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc., I’ll do the work! It might take some practice for you to “let go” and “allow me” to make those adjustments. This should become easier as you become more comfortable with the massage.
If any massage techniques I use cause pain, it’s really important you tell me while we are working. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.
As we progress through the massage, I’ll check in with you periodically. Please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you simply hate the music!
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please call me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.
I hope you’re looking forward to your first massage! If you have questions I haven’t answered here, please feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns.