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What to Expect at Your Massage Session

Here is some information on what you can expect during a typical massage session: 
Preliminary Information
  • The massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your desired results from massage therapy.
  • He or she will assess your needs and explore your motivation in getting massage, including your health and wellness goals.
  • The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome.
  • The information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.
  • Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.
  • The therapist will leave the room while you undress and remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing.
  • Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet or towel, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.
  • Chair massages, which often are offered in public spaces and workplaces, are an exception to the above descriptions. A specially-designed massage chair lets you lean forward and supports the front of the body. You remain clothed and no oil or lotion is used. Seated massages typically last from 10 to 30 minutes.
  • L.M.T.s are licensed healthcare practitioners and your information is confidential and protected heathcare information, and will not be shared with anyone except as required by law.
  • Music might be played during your massage session. If you find music distracting, let your massage therapist know your preferences. The same goes for talking during your session.
  • Your massage therapists should check in about pressure and comfort throughout your session. If you're uncomfortable at any time, let your massage therapist know.
  • The massage table is padded, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck.
  • Please advise the Therapist if you would like the temperature, lighting, aromas (if present) or sounds (if present) in the room to be altered, and he or she will accommodate you wherever possible.
The Massage
  • The massage therapist may use oils, lotions or powders, which reduces drag on the skin and/or contribute to therapeutic results and/or well-being while performing the massage strokes. If you are allergic to oils or lotions (some contain nuts and flower and plant extracts), tell your massage therapist before your massage begins.
  • If you're receiving a Hot Stone Massage, make sure you're comfortable with the temperature of the stones.
  • Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except for private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.
  • Remember to breathe normally, and/or as the Therapist instructs (for instance, "Take a deep breath."
  • Please remember, communication is key to receiving the best therapeutic and/or relaxation massage experience possible.  Tell your Therapist if you wish lighter or deeper pressure in any given area (and you will be accommodated if therapeutically advisable); wish an area to be avoided, or more time spent on one area (this may shorten the time which is spent on other areas); if you need a blanket or an extra blanket; if discomfort is experienced and reaches a level personally intolerable to you (remember, that often times an area which is being worked is sometimes already producing discomfort or has the potential to do so, and a massage may temporarily add to that, as it softens tissue and in some cases creates an inflammatory response before healing occurs); and if you wish anything to be altered during the course of your massage.  You are the client and your Therapist will do whatever is therapeutically advisable for you to get the most out of your experience. 
  • Please keep your expectations for the outcome of a massage reasonable and understand that many times acute and especially chronic discomfort, pain and structural anomalies may not be alleviated in one session, and sometimes only pain and structural management is what may be expected in some cases. 
  • Please remember that no two massages, techniques and results are the same between practitioners and even with the same practitioner.  The body is a dynamic organism and seldom will more than one massage experience ever be identical.  This does not mean that one Massage Therapist is necessarily "better" than another (although this is sometimes the case), or that a Therapist who performs work differently on separate occasions is having an "off" day.  Choose the skilled, Licensed or Registered Massage Therapist who resonates with you at any given moment.  Amount of time in practice, does not always guarantee you will receive a better Massage Therapy session, although length of experience may be criteria to consider if you believe it is important for your particular session at the moment it is to occur.  However, fully trained, credentialed Massage Therapists may be equally adept at handling any given situation.  Feel free to ask, if you have questions.
  • Table massage sessions usually last between 30 and 90 minutes.
  • After your massage, the Massage Therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.  Please remember to take all of your belongings.  Usually your Massage Therapist will offer you water after you are dressed.  Water helps flush out the toxins which were made mobile during the course of bodywork (and energy healing work). 
  • Gratuities and and personal referrals are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.
Follow Up
  • The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so talk with your healthcare team about your progress, and especially to your Massage Therapist about a recommended treatment plan to meet your health and wellness goals.  This plan may change as therapeutic changes do or do not occur in the course of your treatment.

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