What should I expect at my first appointment?

When you arrive, your therapist will go over and have you fill out a health intake form. Your therapist will ask some questions about your health to understand massage you may be looking for as well as discussing what treatment may be most effective. Your therapist may also perform some assessments to evaluate any issues that may be present and then give you a treatment plan for your session. Feel free to raise any concerns and ask any questions you may have at any time.

What should I wear for my appointment?

Wear what is comfortable for you, and you can undress to your level of comfort for the massage. You will be warmly wrapped up with a sheet and blanket, with only the working area uncovered. For full body massages, people typically undress completely, but you may wear underwear if that is more comfortable for you. When undressing, your therapist will always leave the room for your privacy.

What do I need to do during a massage?

Make yourself as comfortable as possible when you get on the table! When your therapist reenters the room, they can help you readjust any bolstering, the table temperature, anything to make your massage experience as pleasant as possible. If your therapist needs to adjust your position, they will either do it themselves or give you directions. During the massage, many people close their eyes and try to relax, sometimes falling asleep, while others may prefer to talk to their therapist. What you want to do to relax is ultimately up to you and we encourage you to do whatever you need to get comfortable, clear your mind and be relaxed.

What will the massage feel like?

Most therapists use a variety of techniques during each session. Many massage therapists will begin with effleurage, a common Swedish massage technique using broad, flowing strokes with the palm of the hand. As you become more relaxed, your therapist will gradually use more pressure to work on specific areas and begin incorporating deep tissue massage techniques to relieve muscular tension. Your therapist may use a light oil or lotion to minimize friction on your skin during the massage. If you feel any discomfort, don’t hesitate to let your therapist know or ask if they can adjust their approach/technique.

How will I feel after the massage?

Most people feel very relaxed after their massage. You may feel some partial or complete relief from any aches and pains. People often feel a little bogged down after the massage, especially if it is their first visit, followed by a feeling of increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity that can last for upwards of multiple days. Massages have detoxifying benefits for muscles, and it is recommended that you drink plenty of water, stretch, or even take a hot Epsom salt bath afterwards at home. Just one treatment is not enough to be completely cured of any aches and pains—it is important to consider the context and severity of the problems and/or injuries being addressed.