Frequently Asked Questions
WHO WILL PERFORM THE MASSAGE?
A trained professional who has received proper training, often in a variety of techniques, will conduct your session. Some massage therapists are licensed by the state, while others are locally regulated. Although no two massages are exactly alike, you may request a certain technique or modality. You may also request your preference as to a male or female therapist.
WHERE WILL MY MASSAGE OR SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Your massage will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
HOW LONG WILL THE SESSION LAST?
The average full-body massage session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60-to-90 minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. Hot tubs, steam bath and saunas can assist in the relaxation process.
MUST I BE COMPLETELY UNDRESS?
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped with either a sheet or towel during the session.
WILL I BE COVERED DURING THE SESSION?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
WILL THE PRACTITIONER BE PRESENT WHEN I DISROBE?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
WHAT PARTS OF MY BODY WILL BE MASSAGED?
You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING THE MASSAGE SESSION?
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.
WHAT WILL THE MASSAGE FEEL LIKE?
It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes, which will help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage is most effective when your body is not resisting.
WILL A MASSAGE TICKLE?
Ticklish people are often surprised that massage does not tickle. The touch in a massage is completely different from tickling. The intent is relaxation, the pressure gentle but firm. In addition, your massage therapist chooses strokes that gradually accustom you to the touch involved. If you are extremely ticklish, tell your therapist so he or she can work carefully, or avoid your areas of sensitivity.
WILL LUBRICANT BE USED?
A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lubricants used should hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed.
WHAT DO I DO AFTER THE MASSAGE?
When your massage is finished, your massage therapist will leave the room while you dress. Be aware that massage can be profoundly relaxing, and it effects all of your body’s systems. Give yourself a moment to reorient before slowly getting up from the table.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER MY MASSAGE?
After a massage, most people feel very relaxed. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up from months of tension or repetitive activity in their daily life. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy can last for several days. Sometimes the immediate effects of your massage may be mild. Watch for further change over the following days, such as pain relief, increased mobility, or reduced stress.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF MASSAGE?
There are numerous types of massage; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing, strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement reeducation, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask the practitioner about the methods he or she uses.