What to Expect from Therapeutic Massage
Why Are You Getting Massage Therapy?
More and more people are taking advantage of the therapeutic benefits of massage as a natural way to promote health and to enhance the body’s vital energies and restorative powers. If therapeutic massage is a new experience for you, you may have some questions as to what to expect in your first massage session.
First, we recommend that you let us know why you are getting a massage. This information helps us to tailor the session to address any special needs you may have. Here are some of the most common reasons:
- Reduce Stress and Promote Relaxation
- Revitalize the Body
- Relieve Sore or Tense Muscles
- Relieve Headaches
- Recovery from Sports Activity
- General Health and Fitness
- Improve Circulation
- Complement to Other Health Care
What Concerns Do You Have About Massage Therapy?
Second, please discuss with us any concerns you might have about your first massage session. We want you to be comfortable during the session. If you are a newcomer to massage, you may have one or more of the following concerns:
Modesty: In a regular massage session, you will be covered with a sheet or large towel. You may choose to be totally or partially unclothed. Many prefer to wear underclothes during the session. Personal body areas will remain covered throughout the massage. Feel free to express any concerns and let us know what you are comfortable with. Shiatsu and chair massage may be performed with you fully clothed.
Talking: Some people like conversation, others prefer to enjoy their massage in silence. Always feel free to let the massage therapist know about any discomfort. The therapist may occasionally request feedback from you, especially about any specific problem.
Oils: Oils or lotions are optional. Lubricants are sometimes used to enable the therapist’s hands to slide over the skin without causing chaffing or pulling hair. Let the therapist know about any allergies that may be irritated by use of any oils or lotions. Express any other concerns you may have about the use of lubricants.
Pain or Discomfort: Let your massage therapist know about any areas of your body that may be sensitive to massage. Give feedback to the therapist during the massage. Sore or tense muscles may hurt a little when massaged. Taking a hot bath or shower after the massage and drinking plenty of water help remove waste products flushed out during the massage.
Length of Session: Depending on the purpose, a massage session generally last from ½ hour to 1½ hours.
Massage Therapy Restrictions
Persons with unmanageable high blood pressure, heart disease, recent surgery or fractures, phlebitis, fever, and other medical or physical conditions should consult their doctors for any restrictions on receiving massage therapy. In some cases, limited restrictions may apply. In rare cases, massage should be avoided. If in doubt, consult your physician.
Your Health Information
To insure your safety and plan your massage, our massage therapist may ask you about your past and current health. It’s important that you let the therapist know about any health problems you have, medications you are taking, allergies, pregnancy, and recent injuries.
To avoid any misunderstandings, here are some guidelines regarding financial matters:
Payment: Payment is usually due either immediately before or after the session. You may pay with cash, check, or credit card.
Tipping: Tipping is optional.
Missed Appointments: We required a 24 hour notice if you must cancel a massage appointment.
Insurance Coverage: Check with your insurance company first if you are expecting them to cover the cost of therapeutic massage.