Prepare For Your Massage
This is a brief guideline to help you get the most out of your massage therapy experience with me. If this is your first massage, this will also help you understand what you can expect at your first visit.
As a Registered Massage Therapist, I am trained to provide relaxation massage that is non-specific and can encourage increased blood circulation, decreased muscle tension, and decrease stress.
In addition to relaxation, my therapeutic training provides me with the knowledge and skills to assess and treat specific muscle and tissue injuries such as strains, sprains, tendonitis, muscle imbalances, and chronic pain.
The Day Of The Massage
Eating and Drinking: Drink water during the day before your massage. This will help your muscles feel hydrated, which makes it easier to manipulate the layers of muscle tension, and better hydrated skin means less lotion/oil is used.
Eat a small meal about an hour before your massage. A small piece of fruit with a protein such as nuts or a protein shake is perfect! This way you will be able to relax during the massage and not feel hungry.
Avoid caffeine, the day of your massage and drink herbal tea instead. Peppermint tea, chamomile, or green tea are all great choices!
What to wear: There is no special attire necessary for your massage. Keep in mind that you will not be able to shower after the massage before you put your clothes back on. Although the oil is not greasy, and does not stain, some clients may bring a change of clothes.
Arrive Early: I have a brief health history form for you to fill out before your massage. Arriving about 10 minutes early will be enough time for you to complete this form. Arriving early will also help you relax in a new environment, and it gives you time use the restroom.
What To Expect Before Your Massage Treatment
Review of health history. I like to clarify any questions I may have about your health that may be relevant to the massage treatment.
I like to know when your last massage was and what you loved about your experience. I will ask what your goals for the massage treatment today will be. This is established with a brief consultation and sometimes an assessment of areas to be treated so that I know the exact muscle group that is causing you pain, and therefore my treatment can be more focused and effective.
I will confirm your primary and secondary (if any) treatment goals, and I will review with you the protocol for getting un-dressed (in private) for your massage, how to get on the massage table, and under the sheet provided.
Before The Massage
Please let me know if you have any allergies (especially to nuts), epilepsy, or heart conditions.
Please let me know if you are sensitive or have an allergy to certain scents such as, lavender or eucalyptus oil as I frequently use these in treatment.
Please let me know if you would prefer music to be on/off or low volume. Please also let me know if you have a music preference, it is your time to relax so you may choose your own music to listen to!
Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the massage and your expectations.
Please also tell me if you have any sensitive areas of the body that you would prefer NOT to be massaged. For some people this may include the feet and/or the stomach.
Once I leave the room, you will undress to your level of comfort. For most people this means leaving his/her underwear. For others, he/she may feel comfortable wearing nothing on the table. This is acceptable because you will be covered by a sheet during the entire treatment.
Please also remove jewelry (especially necklaces and big earrings). There is a place to put your jewelry and clothing that is designated for you or you may hang it on the back of the door. Please place shoes away from the massage table so I don’t trip on them.
Once undressed, you will then lie down on the table face down or face up, and you will cover your body with the top sheet.
I will always knock and/or announce myself before re-entering the room, so please take your time.
During The Massage
Relax, breathe, and let your thoughts go. It is also okay if you fall asleep.
Please tell me right away if you feel too hot or too cold.
Speak up if you need MORE or less pressure during the massage.
Please let me know if you want me to focus on a different area.
This is your treatment, so if you feel like talking, talk away. If you prefer no talking, that’s ok too.
If you have questions during the massage, please feel free to ask.
Most importantly, ENJOY!
After The Massage
Drink Water. It will help re-hydrate the muscles.
Enjoy an Epsom Salts Bath.
Try to rest, and let the massage do its work!-
Try to wait 4-24 hours after massage until your next workout.