Have you ever had a massage before? Many people haven’t and are nervous about what to expect.
“Do I have to prepare for a Massage Session?”
It is recommended that you prepare adequately for a Massage session. However, these are little changes and are very easy.
- Drink Water. Avoid caffeine or alcohol if possible. Both of these dehydrate and can make your body less receptive to the massage.
- Try to stretch a little before you go in. Some Massage Therapists can perform stretches with you while on the table if your body needs it. Note: Ask your Massage Therapist if you think your body needs to be stretched out.
- Dress comfortably. Many people come in wearing casual clothes. Note: Uncomfortable clothes and shoes (such as heels) can cause the body after the massage to tense up.
- Use the restroom.
- If you are New Client for this particular therapist, come in early. This allows time for paperwork to be filled out, and you have a longer time to talk with the Massage Therapist.
“What happens during the massage?”
Every massage session is different, depending on your health, the training of the Massage Therapist, your time limit, etc.
A typical 60 minute Swedish Relaxation Massage is supposed to be a calming experience and it’s usually what most people have for their first session.
Personal Note: This is what happens in my sessions. An experience may differ depending on whether the massage session will take place in a spa, hair salon, doctor’s office, or a rented space from a Massage Therapist.
- After the health intake form is filled out and the therapist has gone over it with you, you will be asked to “dress down to your comfort level.” Note: Taking off your shirt, bra, and pants will make the treatment easier. However, if you’re uncomfortable about disrobing, let your therapist know. Also, removing jewelry will make the session smoother.
- If you want a quick run down of what the therapist is going to do, ask. Most therapists will tell you what their plan is for the session. If you’re uncomfortable with any part of the session, ask to change it.
- After you change and get on the table, try to relax and focus on the touch of the therapist.
- A 60 minute swedish relaxation massage consists of back, shoulder and leg work while face down. Then neck, arm, and leg work again while face up. Note: During this, tell your therapist if your uncomfortable, in pain, hot, cold, or you want to change the music in the room.
Massage Therapy is a great way to relax and help your body heal from everyday life. Give yourself that time to destress.