Massage Session Procedure
What to Expect When You Come for a Massage Therapy
(Exact procedures may vary depending on individual circumstances)
You will start your initial massage therapy session by completing health intake and consent forms.
Our health intake form includes questions about your health. In addition, it contains some other questions such as your primary reason for the visit: therapeutic treatment or relaxation etc. Please respond to every item appropriately so that we are able to provide an effective and safe treatment while doing our best to accommodate your preferences.
After it is complete, you will be introduced to your registered massage therapist who will lead you to your massage room.
He or she will ask you any questions pertinent to the session after reviewing your intake form.
The therapist will then instruct you on how to position yourself on the massage table, and will leave the room while you undress to your comfort level.
You will relax on a padded table designed for stability and comfort and cover yourself with the sheet. The massage room will be warm and quiet, with soft music to set a relaxing mood.
When the therapist comes back, the session will begin. The therapist may ask more questions and perform some physical examination depending on your problems, then discuss with you the treatment plan.
Upon your consent, the actual massage will begin:
During the treatment, only the part of your body presently being treated will be uncovered. When it is necessary to change your position, the therapist will make sure that you remain properly covered as you turn over. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the treatment, inform him/her immediately.
The massage is done with professional massage lotions or light oils that are good for your skin and absorb easily. The therapist will begin by stroking your body with slow, even strokes. He or she will ask you if the level of pressure is to your liking. Remember, the more feedback that you give, the better the massage will be for you. A typical one-hour body massage covers the neck, back, arms, legs, face, upper chest and scalp.
Depending on your health complaints or preference, massage may be administered over your abdomen or gluteus areas.
You can communicate your likes and dislikes with the therapist. If you have any sensitive or ticklish areas that you want avoided, tell the therapist. You can talk during your session, or remain quiet.
After your massage is finished, you will be given privacy while you dress.
What should I expect afterward?
After a session, most people feel extremely relaxed and sometimes feel a little fatigued. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over weeks and months from tension or repetitive activities. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, clients often experience an increase in energy that may last for several days.