What to Expect

 

What to expect when you get a massage treatment?

If you haven’t received much massage therapy treatments, you might be wondering what to expect during a typical massage session.

 

First step:

Your massage therapist will ask some questions to determine your overall health and your desired results from massage session.

He/she will assess your needs and explore your motivation in getting massage, including your health goals.

He/she 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. 

Depending on the type of treatment you will receive, you may or may not be asked to remove clothing to your comfort level before your massage begins. Your therapist will leave the room while you undress. Lay on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.

 

The Massage.

Your massage therapist may use an oil, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you are allergic to oils, let your her know before your massage begins. Depending on your needs, your 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. It is also a good idea to let your therapist know if the pressure being applied to the muscles is too much or you would like more pressure and he/she can adjust the massage accordingly. The amount of pressure used may be different for each person. Also let him/her know if you are experiencing any discomfort, so you can have a great experience.

A typical table massage session is usually a minimum of 60 minutes and a maximum of 120 minutes.

The end of the massage

The massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. He/she may give you some stretches or exercises that you can do at home or at the gym that can help improve your physical ability. If necessary, he/she may also give you some suggestions on how to improve your posture in your daily activities.

Usually your massage therapist will recommend to drink water afterwards.

 
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