Sep 19, 2009

If you are new to massage . . .

What should I wear to a massage?
We want you to be comfortable and relaxed, while maintaining your modesty.  Most clients prefer to disrobe to their underthings.  Male clients are required to wear briefs, boxers or shorts.  If you choose to remain clothed for your massage, we suggest loose, unrestrictive clothing such as lightweight sweats or gym clothes.

Is my privacy addressed? 
The massage studio is quiet, serene and private. Your therapist will show you to your room and leave you there alone for a few minutes to undress and get onto the massage table with the sheet covering you. She will enter the room and begin when you are ready, much like a doctor or nurse would enter an examination room. At the end of the session, she will fully cover you and leave the room so you can dress in private.

Should I share my "issues" with the massage therapist?
By all means, communicate any concerns or special physical problems you are experiencing. If you have shoulder pain that day, let her know. If you have joint replacements or fallen arches, let her know. With this information she will know best how to treat your issues most effectively.

Should I talk during my massage?
Feel free to chat and offer feedback. If your massage therapist knows when the treatment feels good--and when it doesn't--she will be able to tailor your massage to your personal needs. On the other hand, some folks get so relaxed during their massage that they simply snooze while on the table!

What should I do after my massage?
Go home and live your day normally. Drink LOTS of water to flush out the toxins that have been put into your circulation by the massage. Don't be surprised if you're mildly stiff or sore the next day. However, any discomfort should be very minor and temporary, as your body tissues heal from their gentle workout. You will quickly feel better than ever as your body re-learns to work as it was intended.

How often should I get a massage?
Professional athletes receive massages daily because they're so beneficial to health and physical functioning. Most of us can't manage daily massages, but once a week or even once a month is enough to be effective, as long as you maintain a regular schedule of treatments and a healthy lifestyle. Some discomfort issues can be worked out in one or two sessions; others may take a dozen or more. The body sets its own timetable for healing, but we can keep things moving by becoming proactive.

Should I consult with my doctor before getting a massage?
If you have special health concerns, it's always a good idea to check first with your doctor. We will work with your doctor, chiropractor or other health professional to make sure your needs are addressed.