Your first massage
Curious about massage? Maybe a little nervous? Here’s what a typical back massage looks like. But really, there is no ‘typical’ massage. Each treatment is customized to your preferences, to meet your goals for that day.
What to expect
Before your appointment, you can fill out the intake form here (and I’ve got some paper forms in the office if you can’t do that ahead of time). We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what you your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax?
I’ll show you the massage room and walk you through the massage process. I’ll leave the room so you may undress, get on the massage table (it’s super-cozy), and get comfortable under the draping sheet & blanket.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear is entirely up to you. Simply put: bottom undergarment can be left on or taken off. You will be properly draped throughout the massage.
Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, I may start the massage on your face, neck and shoulders, or maybe on your back. I use a light, unscented jojoba and coconut based oil to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. While I have scented essential oils, I will never use them without your prior permission.
During the massage
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work! This takes practice. You’ll probably try to help me. I’ll remind you.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.
I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music!
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please call me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.
I hope you enjoy your massage!