Massage – What to Expect

massageIf you’ve never experienced therapeutic massage before, you’re in for a treat. Though this modality is one of the most ancient and effective of healing practices, it is also one of the most enjoyable. Aside from some moments of intense physical pressure you may feel during deep tissue work, generally therapeutic massage is one of the most relaxing and stress-reducing experiences you’ll ever have.

Pleasant and peaceful, our attractive massage rooms are designed with your comfort in mind. Calming, low lighting and soft, enchanting music will help you relax into the manipulations of your therapist so you’ll not only experience the greatest healing effects, but you’ll also enjoy the sensation of deep relaxation as your muscles release their stored tension and toxins.

Most people getting a massage for the first time have many questions. We’ve listed a few of the most common here in hopes of making your first visit comfortable and enjoyable.

1. Will my massage be tailored to my specific needs?

Before your first massage, our therapists will ask a few questions about your health history and personal preferences, so your massage will be customized to suit you perfectly. It’s important that you inform your therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, we strongly advise that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to your treatment. This isn’t required, but just confirms to us that your doctor believes you are a good candidate for therapeutic massage and doesn’t think it will cause any harm for issues you may be receiving other treatment for.

2. Does it hurt?

Our therapists are trained to monitor their touch and pressure according to your tissue texture and comfort level. Some types of massage are more intense than others, but we will never work outside of your level of comfort.

3. Must I be completely undressed?

Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed. However, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. The therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

4. What parts of my body will be massaged?

You and the therapist will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).

5. Will any lubricant be used?

A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lubricants used should hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed. Please let your therapist know if you are allergic to any specific oils or creams.

6. How long will a session last?

We offer massages to fit your needs and schedule, beginning with half-hour sessions and extending in half-hour increments. A typical full body massage lasts approximately one hour, while a half-hour appointment accommodates a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders or legs and feet. A 90-minute session allows for the regular full body treatment along with time for your therapist to focus extra work on any areas that may be giving you trouble. Always allow in your schedule for relaxation time prior to and after your session, so you can realize the full benefits of your massage. Rushing in from a tense meeting and running back out to make it to another appointment will prevent your body from remaining relaxed enough for the tension-releasing effects of your massage to continue as they should.