What To Expect
YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW...
because you are interested in receiving massage, that this therapy can improve your quality of life. After all, the healing affects of human touch have been documented by virtually every medical discipline in the world.
WHY DOES MASSAGE WORK?
The human body has the amazing capacity to heal itself. Therapeutic massage balances the body, providing an environment conducive for this healing process to take place.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I ARRIVE?
Before you begin your session, your massage therapist will ask that you complete a general questionnaire pertaining to your health. It is important that your practitioner be informed of health problems or medications that you are taking. If you are currently under a doctor's care, it may be advisable that you speak to your health care provider and receive written recommendation prior to the session.
MUST I BE COMPLETELY UNDRESSED?
Most often massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client wearing underwear or shorts. However, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your comfort. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax on to the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you secure and warm. The area that is being worked on is the only area that will be exposed.
WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING A MASSAGE?
Feel free to make yourself comfortable. Some close their eyes to relax. Others like to talk during the session. If a particular technique is uncomfortable or especially pleasant, please communicate this to your therapist. Your feedback to the practitioner helps to guide the session work to the greatest benefit for your specific needs.
WHAT WILL THE MASSAGE FEEL LIKE?
A light oil or creme may be used to allow your muscles to be worked on without causing unpleasant friction to the skin. The session may start with broad, flowing strokes to help calm the nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body begins to relax, pressure will be increased to relieve specific areas of muscular tension.
HOW WILL THE MASSAGE MAKE ME FEEL AFTERWARD?
The majority of people feel very relaxed. Many report freedom from long-term aches and pains. After an initial period of feeling peaceful and renewed, people often experience increased energy levels, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for days. Your experience will be unique to you.