- Be receptive and open to your Massage Therapy Session
- Do not eat a large meal before your session
- Be very open and communicative to your Massage Therapist
- Try to arrive at least 10 minutes early to your session, so you are not in a rushed state.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions
- Drink plenty of water AFTER your Massage Therapy session
- Communicate to your Massage Therapist if you are allergic to any lotions or oils
- Be sure to remove all jewelry
- So you are not disturbed during your Massage Therapy session, turn off your cell phone
Knowing what to expect at your first Massage Therapy session will ease any anxiety you may have.
Before your sessions begins, I will ask you to complete a Medical Evaluation Form. The purpose of this confidential form is to maximize the safety and effectiveness of your massage, not to pry into your background.
After our consultation, I will ask you what your goals are for your massage therapy session. Are you experiencing stress and want to feel relaxed…Do you have knots or tightening in your neck, shoulders…Having back pain? Are you a runner with sore calves and/or thighs? Depending on your needs and requests, I will perform a customized full body massage for relaxation and stress reduction and/or focus on specific parts of your body that you have requested.
Leading you into the massage therapy room you will find it to be peaceful. There will be a padded massage table with clean sheets and a blanket. The lighting will be soft. I will have relaxation music softly playing in the background.
I instruct you to undress to your level of comfort and then lie under the sheet face up. I will leave the room to give you privacy to undress and knock on the door to re- enter when you are comfortable and ready to begin your session.
The top sheet appropriately drapes you at all times. Only the part of the body I am working on is exposed.
While in the supine position (face up), your scalp, face, neck, shoulders, hands, arms, legs and feet will receive massage therapy.
I use a light oil or gel to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Communication is very important during a massage therapy session; so at any time you feel the pressure is too deep or even too light, please express that to me. I do however, check with a client several times throughout their session to make sure they are comfortable.
After 30 minutes, I will have you turn on to your stomach (prone position). I hold the sheet in such a way that you are never exposed. A bolster is placed under your ankles to take the pressure off your lower back. Once you are comfortable, the last 30 minutes focuses on your back, legs, shoulders, and neck. Of course if there were specific areas needing extra attention, that would also be my focus.
A typical Massage Therapy session lasts for 60 minutes. I will gently let you know that your session is over and leave the room for you to redress. Some people experience light-headedness after a massage therapy session, so always take your time getting up.
Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
If you should have any questions regarding your first (or any) massage therapy session, please feel free to contact me.
~ What To Expect After A Massage ~
Most people feel relaxed and/or refreshed after a massage. Occasionally, some people experience post massage soreness the day after their massage. This is nothing to worry about. Most people feel a great reduction of their original muscle tightness and/or pain after the delayed soreness resolves itself.
There are several theories, none of them with universal support, about the exact physiological cause of this delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). An old theory suggests that excess lactic acid in the muscle is the cause of this soreness. However, studies conducted by exercise physiologist, Dr. George A. Brooks, have concluded that “lactic acid does not cause muscle soreness, fatigue or the “burn” of intense exercise.” Nor does it cause post-massage soreness. While excess lactic acid is typically present in sore muscles, it is not the cause of the soreness itself.
More research must be conducted before the exact mechanisms can be determined, but it is most commonly believed that post-massage muscle soreness is due to tight muscles having been stretched and realigned, adhesions and scar tissue having been broken apart so new tissue can form and lay down correctly, and/or deep pressure having been applied to an injured muscle to release spasm. All such procedures help muscles to relax and heal. However, they can also cause soreness the next day. This delayed onset muscle soreness is not unlike what a person experiences after intense exercise.
Any time muscle tenderness occurs, place one cup of Epsom salts in hot bath water. Soak for 20 minutes and follow with a cool shower. (This soak/bath is contraindicated for anyone with cardiovascular problems or any other conditions that might respond negatively to forms of heat therapy.)