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What to Expect From Your Massage

If you haven't had much experience with massage therapy, you might be wondering what to expect during a typical massage session.

Preliminary information

  • The massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your desired results from massage therapy.
  • He or she will assess your needs and explore your motivation in getting massage, including your health goals.
  • The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels and any areas of physical pain.
  • The information gathered in a brief interview will help the massage therapist determine how to structure the session to achieve your desired results.

Removing Clothing

  • Before your massage, you'll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.
  • The therapist will leave the room while you undress and remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing.
  • Keep in mind that your massage will be most effective when the massage therapist can touch your skin in areas they will massage.
  • You will always be draped 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.

The environment

Expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage. The massage therapist may play music during the massage. Some people enjoy the music, and some don't. If you prefer silence or different music, ask the massage therapist to turn off or change the music.

The massage

  • The massage technique used will depend on what the massage therapist determines is best for your massage.
  • The massage therapist will use oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you are allergic to oils or lotions, let your massage therapist know before your massage begins.
  • Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except for private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.
  • Remember to breathe normally.
  • If the techniques causes pain or is uncomfortable, please let your therapist know so they can adjust the pressure.

The end of the massage

The massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.