Body-Soul-Massage
How to get the most benefit out of your massage session

 

Massage therapy offers a wide variety of health and wellness benefits, including stress relief and pain management. Find out what you can expect at your massage therapy session and how you can prepare yourself

 

 Instructions before your treatment

Taking a shower or bathing before the massage treatment will help you to relax. Also, wear comfortable clothing. 

Please arrive on time since I may have back to back appointments scheduled. 

If you decide to drive, please let me know so that I can try to arrange parking for you if it's available.

 

Preliminary Information

Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your health and wellness goals. You will have to fill out a health form, that is also available on this webpage. In order to save time, you are welcome to print it out from home and take it to the session.

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.

This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Privacy

Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.

The therapist will leave the room while you undress. 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.

Environment

Music might be played. If you find music distracting, tell your massage therapist. The same goes for talking during your session.

Your massage therapists should check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you're uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist.

The massage table is padded and heated, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck.

Massage Therapy Session

Massage therapists often use oil or lotion. If you're allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand.

If you're receiving 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 private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.

Remember to breathe normally.

Table massage usually lasts beween 50 and 90 minutes.

After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.

Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.

Follow Up

The benefits of massage are cumulative, so work with your massage therapist to customize a plan to meet your health and wellness goals.

(* The content of this page is partially quoted from AMTA)

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