Massage Questions and Techniques

Most people think of getting a massage as a relaxing experience that may even put you to sleep. While this can be true, massage can be used for pain management and therapy. You can also email us if you don't see the answer below.

 
 
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What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit? 

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.

Where will my massage session take place and what should I wear? 

Your massage or bodywork session 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. 

For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.

 

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment? 

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

How should I expect to feel after my massage? 

Massage is meant to relax your muscles and get things moving in your body. Drinking plenty of water after your massage will help your body expel the toxins that may be released within your body during your massage therapy session. Depending on the techniques used during your session, you may feel sore later that day or the next day. Drinking water will help with this as well. 

 

Will massage oils make me break out? 

Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist’s attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.

Can I choose my massage therapist?

Yes!  Many of our patients prefer the specialties of a specific therapist. We recommend you try a few therapists if you're a new patient with us. Please email our front desk staff with questions.