Frequently Asked Questions
Your Questions, Answered
How should I prepare for my first treatment?
If you have never experienced a massage before, there are a few things that you can do to help make the experience as enjoyable as possible.
First, make sure that you are hydrated before your appointment. Stressed muscles tend to inflame and cause toxin build up which contributes to the pain and stress that your body is feeling. When your massage therapist starts to work on muscles, you start to regain circulation as your muscles loosens, which also means those toxins are starting to move throughout your body as well. Staying hydrated before and after your massage helps flushed those releases toxins out.
Second, wear comfortable clothing. While you will be asked to undress to your comfort level for your massage, it is important to remember to wear loose and comfortable clothing so that you are setting the tone for your experience. After a massage, you may feel tender or extremely relaxed and will appreciate not having to put on restrictive clothing.
Third, remember to BREATHE. The relaxation of your body and mind is key to getting the most out of your massage session. As your therapist is working to loosen your muscles, normal breathing helps expedite the relaxation. People often hold their breaths or limit their breathing while on the massage table because they feel nervous – this can be counterproductive. Holding your breath often contracts your muscles more, making them tougher to loosen. Inhale and exhale normally while your
therapist executes various massage techniques.
Fourth and most importantly, do not be afraid to COMMUNICATE. Your massage therapist is there to help you feel better. If you have a specific problem area or purely just want to relax on the table – let your therapist know. Your massage therapist will likely use oils and lotions to reduce friction during your massage, make sure you communicate any allergies you may have. Additionally, your therapist is a licensed professional but they want to know if you experience any discomfort from applied pressure and they can adjust their
technique to accommodate your physical needs.
What should I expect from my first session?
A few things to expect during your session is outlined below:
1. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO UNDRESS
Your massage therapist will leave the room to give you the privacy you need to remove your clothing, it’s up to you if you choose to undress completely or to leave your underwear on before you slip under the top sheet of the massage table. Take your time and don’t worry, your therapist will always make sure you are properly covered by a towel or sheet throughout your session.
2. YOU MIGHT FALL ASLEEP
One of the biggest compliments for a massage therapist is the sound of snoring during a massage session. A massage session can offer you such relief and relaxation that you might find yourself nodding-off for a bit. Don’t worry, snooze away! This is your time and we are flattered knowing we helped you relax.
3. YOU’LL WANT TO COME BACK
The release of the ‘feel good’ endorphins will have you feeling a natural high. Those endorphins leave you feeling relaxed and energized at the same time. It’s a wonderful feeling! The good news is those endorphins have their own healing qualities and the benefits of massage therapy accumulate over time with regularly scheduled sessions. The more often you come the better you feel, the faster your body responds, and the quicker you feel relief.
Do you help treat terminal or chronic illness?
While massage therapy has many benefits and can provide some relief and comfort for those who are suffering from terminal and chronic illnesses, it is only temporary. Massage therapy is not meant to treat terminal or chronic illnesses. As with any form of holistic and/or alternative medical services that you are interested in, it is important for you to do your research and speak to your physician first.