Before Your Massage
• First appointments begin with an intake process, starting with a health history which will ask about medical conditions, areas of concern, your level of pain or discomfort, what helps reduce the pain or makes it worse and contact information.
• Your Massage Therapist will ask preliminary questions reviewing your health history to determine your overall health and determine any reasons you should avoid massage or particular techniques.
• ALL information is confidential.
• This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.
During Your Massage
• Music will be played
• Your therapist will check on pressure and comfort throughout.
• The therapist will only expose the area they are working on and never any genital or breast area.
• A typical full body massage will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders.
• Remember to breathe normally. This will oxygenate your bloody supply and aid tense muscles.
After Your Massage
• Your massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. Be sure to wait a few minutes on the table as you get grounded. Take your time.
• When you leave the room and enter the reception area your therapist will offer you a glass of water. Drinking water is important to flush body waste products. Similar to a workout, your muscle tissue can become dehydrated during a massage and water can help to re-hydrate, building healthy muscle tissue and removing metabolic waste that accumulates as your muscles are worked out.
• Ask your therapist about a plan to meet your health and wellness goals and when to book a follow up appointment. The benefits of massage tend to be cumulative, so typically you will feel better as you get additional massages.
• Tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required. The referral is a great way to say thank you to your therapist, so tell your friends.
• Try to avoid caffeine after your massage as this can cause the muscles to tense.
• If you feel any soreness after the massage be sure to treat it with icing or heat based on your therapist’s recommendation.
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 afterwards. Feelings range from being relaxed, renewed and centred to invigorated, excited or experiencing a rush of clarity or new energy and insight, or recognizing a new level of fatigue. Some types of massage may leave the body free from chronic tightness or acute pain patterns but may replace it with 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.