What should I Expect From my first massage session?
Your massage will take place in a warm, comfortable,
quiet room. Soft music will be playing to help you
relax. The practitioner will leave the room while
you undress, relax onto the table, and cover
yourself with a sheet. Most massage techniques are
performed with the client unclothed; however, you
may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to
wear for your own comfort. You will be properly
draped at all times. Only the area being worked on
will be exposed (i.e. the sheet will be folded back
to massage your leg and then covered up again). You
will not be touched on or near your genitals (male &
female) or breasts (female.)
A typical full body session will include work on
your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head neck and
shoulders. A light oil will be applied to permit
your muscles to be worked on without causing
excessive friction to the skin.
What Should I Do During the Massage Session?
Make yourself comfortable. Massage is most effective
when your body is not resisting. The practitioner
will either gently move you or tell you what is
needed throughout the session (such as lifting your
arm). Most people close their eyes and completely
relax. Others like to talk during their session.
Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about
massage in general or about the particular technique
you are receiving. DON'T FORGET TO BREATHE,
long, deep cleansing breaths. Give feedback about
the pressure and/or the techniques.
The session will start with broad, flowing strokes
to calm your nervous system and relax exterior
muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed,
pressure will gradually be increased. You should
communicate immediately if you feel discomfort.
What Do I Do When the Massage Session is Over?
The practitioner will quietly leave the room at the
end of the session. Relax for a few minutes. You may
feel a bit "woozy" if you jump up immediately and
get dressed. If you need help getting up, please let
your practitioner know.
In the 24 hours following the massage, it is
important to drink at least 2 quarts of water to
flush the toxins that were released during the
massage. Otherwise, you could get a "toxic"
Be sure to include massage as part of your wellness
program and schedule your next massage session.