What to Expect for Your First Massage
Massage should be a relaxing and calm experience. If this is your first massage, you may feel a little trepidation. Don’t let that hold you back. A bit of information about what to expect, and you’ll walk into your first massage feeling confident! Expect Communication
Before your appointment, I will email you an intake form. The email is secure and compliant with HIPPA standards. Completing this form before your appointment will provide many benefits. First, this allows me to become familiar with your concerns and goals to prepare better to meet your needs. Filling out this form before your appointment also saves time at the office and extends the hands-on time I can provide to you.
When you arrive for your appointment, I will ask a lot of questions. I’ll clarify and expand the information from the intake form, including your health history and goals for that session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax? Your clear and honest answers will help me to perform the best massage possible. We’ll discuss a proposed treatment plan and what to prioritize. I will show how you should lay on the table (face up or face down, or on your side) before the massage. Expect to Dress or Undress to Your Level of Comfort
What does that mean exactly? Many people worry about having to be undressed for their massage. Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear is entirely up to you. Simply put: you can leave your underwear on or take them off.
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. Movies and TV shows always show massage clients naked on a table with just a tiny towel for draping. That’s not what real massage draping looks like! I use twin sheets and blankets that cover your whole body. You’ll stay covered throughout the massage, and I’ll only undrape the part of your body that I am massaging right then. Expect More Communication
When I come back into the room, I’ll help you get comfortable with pillows or bolsters. Don’t be afraid to adjust and fidget as needed during the massage to stay cozy. 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! When I do this, you’ll probably try to help me. I’ll remind you to relax and let me do the work.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use that 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. You must 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 hate the music! Remember, this is your massage and should be done in a way that provides you the best possible experience. At the end of the massage, I’ll let you know that I am done. Take your time getting up and getting dressed. I will leave the room, wash my hands, and meet you outside the door.
Expect Some Final Instructions
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. We’ll talk about how you feel, and I will discuss any other issues I may have identified. Lastly, I may suggest self-care stretches and tips to keep you feeling great between appointments. We can also talk about how frequently you may want to get a massage to keep on feeling great. If we addressed pain issues, you might immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. You can make the most of your first massage by knowing what to expect and asking all the questions you like so you can feel cozy before, during, and after the massage. See you at your first massage!