When you arrive at our massage studio, you will be greeted by your massage therapist who will give you an intake form to complete. The form will help the therapist to understand any medical conditions that might affect your massage. After you complete the form, the therapist will go over the information with you. This is a good time for you to ask any questions you have about the various massages and techniques. If you have specific areas that you would like the therapist to concentrate on or areas that need to be avoided, relay this information. Together, you and the therapist will determine the best technique for you. During the massage it is not unusual for you to have additional questions. Please do not hesitate to ask the therapist. This way you will get the most beneficial treatment and the relaxation you desire during your massage.
When you enter the treatment room, you will be shown where to store your clothes and shoes. The height of the table is important to the therapist’s health, well-being and to ensure that proper body mechanics are employed. A step stool is available for your convenience.
The therapist will leave the room while you disrobe. You will then get on the table under the covering provided. YOU ONLY NEED TO DISROBE TO YOUR COMFORT LEVEL. There may be times when the therapist will ask you to wear a bathing suit, or if your comfort level allows, to disrobe entirely. This is especially helpful during a Sports Massage or a Neuromuscular Massage (see below). It allows the therapist to provide you with the best possible massage. Your modesty is always of the utmost importance. The therapist makes certain that you are appropriately draped and only those specific body parts being worked on at any given time are exposed.
During a Massage you may feel so relaxed that you have an overwhelming desire to doze off. You are then experiencing freedom and total relaxation. This is a compliment to the therapist’s ability to release you from your daily routine. The following are natural responses and often occur as a result of your feelings of peace and well-being: sighing, yawning, change in breathing and heart rate, stomach gurgling, movement of intestinal gases, energy shifting, emotional feelings/expressions, memories surfacing, and falling asleep.
At the end of a massage, the therapist will quietly wake you or allow you a short rest period. You will need to sit up slowly and stay in a seated position for a few seconds before standing. Blood pressure and heart rate changes can occur during a session, so it is important that you feel stable before you stand to redress.
When you leave the treatment room the therapist will give you a drink of water. Because the massage has moved all types of fluids and toxins throughout your body, it is important to expel these. Muscular soreness, dry mouth, or dehydration can occur for the next 24 to 48 hours. Drinking more water during this time is paramount to enhancing your massage experience.