Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare for my massage?
Pregame with a shower- Great for a number or reasons. One of which you'll be coming in clean. Another is that a long hot shower will jumpstart the relaxation process. Your muscles will be ready for the massage.
Hydrate- Massage stimulates circulation and the removal of waste from the muscles. In the aftermath of your massage, your muscles will likely be dehydrated. In order to facilitate that flushing process, the body needs a lot of water. You can help jumpstart the process by drinking water beforehand.
Don't be afraid to ask- If you have a specific area that's giving you trouble, tell your therapist. Problem areas can be specifically addressed.
Undressing is optional, but normal- A lot of people are uncomfortable getting undressed for a massage appointment, especially if it's their first session. That's okay, but know that it is completely normal. Your skin allows the massage therapist to do a more precise job than she could do with thick layers of clothing in the way. Your massage therapist will give you space to dress and undress alone.
What should I expect during and from my first session?
Initially, general questions are asked to establish what areas you would like worked on.
Draping securely- Your massage therapist will uncover different parts of your body as they massage them. But, you should be properly draped at all times. Main reasons for draping are for protecting your modesty, warmth and comfort, and providing a physical boundary between client and therapist. Defining where the therapist hands may touch and where they can't.
Comfortability on the table- there will be relaxing music playing, optional heated table, bolsters for less stress on the muscles, and pillows if necessary.
Don't be afraid to speak up- If at any time you feel uncomfortable, if the pressure is too much or not enough, if your treatment plan that you've created during your assessment has changed, you must communicate what you want and need to your massage therapist, or they will not know how to help you.
After your massage is complete, your therapist will leave the room to allow you to get dressed. When you get up from the table, be sure to take your time. When laying flat for long periods of time, it can affect your blood pressure, referred to as orthostatic blood pressure. Sitting up too quickly may cause you to get light-headed, so take your time.
HYDRATE, Urinate, and Rest- After kneading the muscles, fluid gets pumped out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system, where it heads towards your kidneys. Therefore, it is important to drink water. Water helps to flush toxins out of your system. So does urinating. So make sure to use the bathroom. And finally, Rest.