What you can expect during a massage
You don't need any special preparation for massage. First time clients fill out a client intake form. Before a massage therapy session starts, we will discuss your current symptoms, medical history and what you're hoping to get out of massage. I will explain the kind of massage and techniques that will be used.
In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you're comfortable. You generally lay on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a massage chair, fully clothed. Following an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas to determine how much pressure to apply, the massage session begins.
To reduce friction on your skin, you have a choice of either massage oil or massage cream. The massage intake form will ask you to specify allergies to any ingredients.
A massage session may last from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage. I will check in periodically to be sure the pressure is comfortable for you during the massage. Keeping open communication during a massage is top priority. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It's likely to be uncomfortable while it is being worked out. But if it becomes painful, speak up.