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What to Expect For Your First Massage

Generally, first appointments begin with an intake process, starting with a health history. The health history may be mailed out to you so you can complete it beforehand. If not, arrive 10-15 minutes early for your first visit to fill it out. You will also likely be asked to sign forms that explain your right to privacy such as HIPAA Consent and Disclosure. Generally, a health history will ask about:
  • Medical conditions
  • Areas of concern
  • Your level of pain or discomfort on good and bad days
  • What helps reduce the pain and what makes it worse
  • Contact information

     To begin, the massage therapist will review your health history and ask questions. Because massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, be honest with the massage therapist about your health.The massage therapist will ask you questions to better design a session that meets your needs and goals within the time allotted. Let the therapist know what areas of your body you would like worked on, if there are any areas to avoid, and if you have any techniques that you would like to use or avoid. The massage therapist will request you undress to your comfort level, to some that means undressing completely while to others they may feel more comfortable with their undergarments on. If you are concerned about undressing, discuss it with the therapist, who should be able to offer you some options. The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress.

     When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet or other draping on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering. During your massage you will be covered by a large sheet. A professional massage therapist will never expose genitals or breasts, or any other areas you identify. Only the area the therapist is working on will be exposed. Be as open to the process as you can. Relax and try let your thoughts go. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels. Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it. In the same way, tightening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you can't seem to relax your muscles, let your massage therapist know. He/She wants you to enjoy your session so you can feel the full benefit of massage.

     At the end of the massage, the therapist will leave the room so you can dress in private. Wait a few minutes on the table as you get grounded, especially if you feel light-headed. Then take your time getting ready.When you leave the treatment room and enter into the reception area, the therapist will offer you a glass of water. It is a good idea to drink some water to help the body flush waste products. If possible, allow some quiet time after the massage and don't go back to work or other responsibilities immediately. How you feel after the massage will vary based on the style of massage used, the length of the session, and the demands you place on your body afterward. Feelings range from being relaxed, renewed and centered, to invigorated, excited or experiencing a rush of clarity or new energy and insight, to recognizing your true level of fatigue. Deeper tissue types of massage may leave the body free from chronic tightness or acute pain patterns, but may replace it with a mild soreness from the pressure applied. After this type of massage, you may want to rest the area before jumping back into the activity that produced the soreness. Realize that the benefits of massage tend to be cumulative, so typically, you will feel better as you get additional massages.

     The question of tipping always comes up when someone gets a massage. Should you leave a tip? Do you have to? If you do then how much? These are all valid questions to which there is no set answer. Some spas and resorts have the tip/gratuity included in the price of the massage while other businesses like chiropractors and self-employed massage therapists won't. The general rule of thumb though is yes, do tip your massage therapist. Typically you can see anywhere from a 5% to a 10% tip if the massage was good and accomplished what you were looking to work on. If your massage therapist goes above and beyond your expectations any amount above 10% is appreciated. Remember that tipping is just another way of showing your Massage Therapist how much you enjoyed your massage.

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