Appointment Before, during and After your massage.
Before your appointment
Wear comfortable clothing and drink lots of water. Make sure you have any medical history information with you that may be a factor in reaching your goals with massage.
Always arrive early to your appointment, this will give you some time to settle in and start your relaxation prior to your appointment.
Greeting & Intake
Your massage therapist will meet with you, have you complete an intake form which includes medical history, past/present injuries and other physical conditions we should be made aware of. They will want to discus your goals in receiving your massage today, your current physical condition and any specific areas in which you are experiencing pain or want addressed during your massage.
Your therapist will show you to the massage room. They will let you know what to do, and of any special draping is required for your service. Your therapist will let you know if you should lie on the table face up or down. The draping etiquette varies by clients. Some prefer to completely disrobe, while others will remain partially clothed. Either option is fine. Once you have disrobed you will lie on the massage table, under the top sheet. Your massage therapist will prepare their supplies for the service and give you a few minutes to get ready. Your massage therapist will knock on the door to ask if you are ready before entering your room.
During your massage therapy session
During your session, you will always be covered with the top sheet during your massage session and an additional blanket is available at your request. Your massage therapist will only uncover the part of the body they are working on, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times.
You can expect a relaxing and comfortable environment during your massage. The massage table is generally padded and a heating blanket is placed beneath the sheet. This heat can be adjusted to your preference. There will be relaxing music, unless you request otherwise, and the room should be quiet, with no outside distractions.
Some people like to talk during a massage. Some prefer to relax without conversation. Do what feels best. Your therapist will follow your lead.
Top 10 things to make sure you have told your massage therapist
1. Room temperature ok
2. Amount of pressure you want
3. Areas of soreness or pain
4. Type of massage you want
5. Level of music volume
6. Areas you do not want massaged (such as face, front torso, glutes)
7. Areas of focus
8. Table temperature ok
9. Position of bolster, face plate, etc.
10. What is your goal from the massage
Massage therapists are only as good as the information they have been given to guide them. Provide them with feedback so that we may continue to improve on the services we provide to our clients. Over a period of sessions you and your therapist will get to know each other so your preferences will be established with them.
After your appointment
The effects of a massage can last up to 48 hours, depending on the type of massage given. The skin may feel slightly greasy, but the overall effect is one of deep calm and relaxation. It is not recommended to drive or drink alcohol after massage. You may be feeling too sleepy to drive, and some oils can increase the effect of alcohol, making you feel lightheaded after only one drink.
Soreness the day after
Very often, the benefits are immediately noticeable after a massage, but over time, it may be noticed that underlying or long-term problems have also been eased by massage. It is not uncommon to be sore 48 hours after a massage..