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What will my first session be like?
You’ll complete a health history form and address any of your concerns and goals with your Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Once the treatment has been determined, the LMT will leave the room to allow you the privacy to get onto the table and make yourself comfortable. Before re-entering the room to begin the treatment, your therapist will knock on the door.
If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
What will I be wearing?
This is up to you, the client, based on your comfort level. You can receive a massage with loose fitting, gym type attire, though most folks choose to remove clothing to allow for a more complete massage and use of lotions on the body. At a minimum clients need to wear their underwear, and of course clients will be draped.
***If you are coming in for a medical massage you will need to be in gym type attire, to enable your therapist to perform several muscle assessments.
Will I be covered?
This is known as draping. Once you are undressed (must be wearing underwear) and on the table under the sheet/blanket, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.
The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered.
If the therapist is going to work on a woman's abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
Stress relief and associated conditions
Headaches and migraines
Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
Repetitive strain injury
Circulatory and Respiratory problems
Pregnancy and labor discomfort
Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
And many other conditions.
Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you'd like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience.
In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.
The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you - speak up! It's OK!
It’s not uncommon to feel some muscle soreness after a massage. Massage triggers a release of lactic acid, proteins, and other metabolites stored in tight muscles, which can create a temporary feeling of soreness.
The good news? Many people enjoy post-massage heightened energy levels and an increased range of motion.
TRY: using HEAT-COLD-HEAT Therapy (20 minutes each and then Range of Motion stretches.
Make sure you drink fluids. Remember your circulation has been increased, so be careful about the amount of caffeine and alcohol.
Be careful if you head to the gym, your muscles have been relaxed. They need proper time to rest.
With the appropriate pressure, massage can have a direct effect on the circulatory system, which helps reduce inflammation and helps relieve pain. You are encouraged to communicate with your LMT about your pain/comfort level at any time during your massage.