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What should I expect during my first massage
Your massage therapist will require you to fill out
a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will
begin by asking you general questions to establish
what areas you would like worked on, if there are
any conditions needing to be addressed and to
determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your
massage therapist may perform certain assessments
and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see
if you have any presenting complaints.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in
a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be
played to help you relax. You will lie on a table
especially designed for your comfort.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique your therapist
uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full
body massage, most people undress completely.
However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your
massage therapist will give you privacy to undress,
and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at
all times except the area being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants
you to adjust your position, she or 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.
How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many
massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage,
which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a
general Swedish massage, your session may start with
broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will
help calm your nervous system and relax exterior
muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed,
pressure will gradually be increased to relax
specific areas and relieve areas of muscular
tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to
allow your muscles to be massaged without causing
excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to
ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort
so that the massage therapist can use another
approach or technique.
Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage
oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to
certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to
the massage therapist's attention as most
practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions
Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would
make massage inappropriate. That's why it is
necessary that you fill out the health history forms
and before you begin your session. The massage
therapist will ask general health questions to rule
out if you have any contraindications to massage. It
is very important that you inform the practitioner
of any health problems or medications you are
taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is
strongly advised that you receive a written
recommendation for massage prior to any session.
Your massage therapist may require a recommendation
or approval from your doctor.
How long will a massage treatment last?
The average full-body massage treatment lasts
approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only
allows time for a partial massage session, such as
neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many
people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal
relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to
and after the session.
How will I feel after the massage therapy
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience
freedom from long-term aches and pains developed
from tension or repetitive activity. After an
initial period of feeling slowed down, people often
experience increased energy, heightened awareness,
and greater productivity which can last for days.
Since toxins are released from your soft tissues
during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty
of water following your massage. Massage therapists
sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that
encourages the release of toxins that may have been
stirred up from the massage treatment.
Do you have a question about the massage
Ask Massage Professional David B. Green. David
has been a chemist for over 30+ years. Graduate from
University of Santa Cruz California in bio
chemistry. Owner of a family owned body and hair
care product company that has been in business since
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Mesucci. A highly recommended masseuse for over 10+
years. Working for a major spa in the Lake Tahoe