New to Massage Therapy?
Sometimes people who are new to massage therapy don't know quite what to expect. Read below to learn about the benefits of massage and what to expect at your first visit.
Benefits of Massage
Whereas stress stimulates the "fight-or-flight" response, massage stimulates the "relaxation response." Below are some research-proven health benefits of massage (click here for references).
Decrease stiffness and pain
Promote healthy sleep
Enhance immune system function
Decrease blood pressure
Reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone)
Reduce PMS symptoms
Reduce frequency and pain of migraines
Relieve fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and nausea in cancer patients
Your First Visit: What to Expect
Health History Review
At your first visit, we will review your confidential health history so I can get a clear understanding of your visit goals and any health challenges. Sometimes massage should not be administered with certain medical conditions or prescriptions, and the confidential health history allows me to check for these and make sure I am safeguarding your health. Click here to print the Confidential Health History form.
Preparing for the Massage
Once our visit goals are clear, I will leave the room to wash my hands and give you time to change in privacy. Most clients remove all clothes or remain in their underwear, then climb onto the table and cover themselves with the sheet and blanket. I can also work on someone fully clothed if this is your preference. Your privacy is maintained at all times by proper sheet draping techniques. This is very important to me so you feel comfortable and can relax. Note: Even if a client is comfortable without a sheet, I will not do massage without proper draping of private parts.
During the Massage
I will apply a light massage oil that keeps me from pulling your skin and allows me to feel more clearly the muscles under the skin. Throughout the massage, I will check in with you to see if you want more or less pressure. Don't be shy! The more feedback you give me, the better I can tailor the massage to your preferences. Some people want only a light touch, while others prefer deeper pressure.
After the Massage
At the end of the session, I will leave the room to give you privacy to change. Then I will share with you any significant findings from the therapy, such as holding patterns which may be contributing to muscle pain. When a client has interest, we may explore exercises or therapies that can be done at home for relief. At all times, I am open to feedback about how to make the massage experience the best for you!