If you’re thinking about booking your first massage therapy session, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are my answers for the most common questions, so that you can get the most out of your massage.
A. Massage therapy is a recognized health care option that positively contributes to your general health and wellness and also works the body’s soft tissue to help relieve pain and stiffness associated with stress, tension, injury and other conditions.
A: Massage is a great way to promote relaxation, but massage therapy is so much more.
There are two main types of massage – relaxing and deep-tissue. Relaxing massage helps reduce stress, lower blood pressure, promote sleep, manage anxiety and depression.
Deep tissue massage helps manage pain, improve circulation, decrease muscle tension, ease breathing difficulties, lower blood pressure, reduce headaches, improve mobility, promote sleep.
Both types help to improve your overall wellness.
A. At your first massage, you’ll complete a health history form and we will address any of your concerns and goals.
A. Depending on your preventative and maintenance needs, one massage per month is the recommended frequency. If you are having a massage because of muscle tension you might need a massage once a week for a couple of weeks.
A. With the appropriate pressure, massage can have a direct effect on the circulatory system, which helps reduce inflammation and helps relieve pain. You are encouraged to tell me about your pain/comfort level at any time during your massage
A. It’s not uncommon to feel some muscle soreness after a massage. Massage triggers a release of lactic acid stored in tight muscles, which can create a temporary feeling of soreness.
A. Massages last for 30 minutes to one hour, depending on what area you want massaged, including a 5-10 minute dressing time and health assessment to ensure a safe, personalized massage. Dressing and assessment times can vary.
Q. Will I Be Naked During My Massage?
A. No matter what type of massage you receive, you’re in charge of how much you undress during your massage therapy session. Before your massage you can specify the areas of your body you want me to work on, and which to avoid. I will only expose the parts of your body that I am working on. If you feel uncomfortable with your massage, you can pause or stop it at any time.
Before your massage, you will be able to undress privately and I will employ proper “draping” techniques once I begin your massage.
A.Yes I do! A therapeutic massage is a great way to show someone how much you care. Gift cards can be purchased online or whenever you are having a massage yourself.
Q.What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
A. Make yourself comfortable. If I want you to adjust your position, I will either move you or ask you to move as required. 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.
Q.How will a massage feel?
A. It usually depends on the techniques used. I use a form of Swedish massage; your session will start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help 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. I use a light oil or sometimes a lotion to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that I can use another approach or technique.
Q.Will the massage oils used affect my skin?
A. I use hypoallergenic massage oil or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to my attention.
Q.Is a massage always appropriate?
A.No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That’s why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session. I will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session.
Q.What is included in the session time?
A. session consists of massage, time for you to dress and undress and time to communicate with the therapist to make your massage truly customized. Time to put up the massage bed and take it down are not included in the session time.
Q.Will the massage hurt?
A.This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn’t go very deep into the muscles, shouldn’t hurt. With that being said, there is a ‘feels good’ hurt and an ‘ouch, stop it’ hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the ‘feels good’ hurt range.
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body’s natural response, not against it
Q. If I want a really deep massage shouldn’t I see a male therapist?
A.The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women.
It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. If you are looking for a deep massage, it is best to simply ask the therapist if she/he does this type of work. And of course, during your session it is perfectly ok to give the therapist feedback if you would like a lighter/deeper pressure. It’s your session!
And remember, massage does not have to hurt to be effective.
Q.Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience.
In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.
The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If I am doing something to make you uncomfortable, you should let me know immediately. Also, let me know if you get too warm or too cold, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper).
If something is not working for you – speak up! It’s OK
Q. How will I feel after my massage treatment?
A. Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.
If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day – much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the bath can ease this soreness.
Some people get a light headache after a deep tissue massage, but it will normally pass within a couple of hours, try not to take any medication for it.
After your session you should drink a glass or two of water. This will help to keep your body’s tissues hydrated and healthy.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. Honestly, that is hard to say. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. I will be able to talk to you more specifically about this after your first session and I have had a chance to evaluate your body’s tissues.
Q. What if I get an erection during my massage?
A. Sometimes it happens. Yet, most men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed.
Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection.
An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue for me. If you are still concerned, I recommend wearing more fitted underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers.
Note: If I feel that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, I may stop the session to clarify the client’s intent, and may decide to end the session immediately
Q. What Are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
A. People get massages for many reasons:
- Injury recovery
- Athletic massage
- Pain reduction
- Stress relief
- Physical therapy
- Migraine headache mitigation
- Improved digestion
- Fibromyalgia treatment
- Insomnia prevention
Q. What If I Don’t Want a Massage Therapist to Work on a Certain Part of My Body?
A. Before your massage, let me know which parts of your body you want me to avoid. For example, many clients aren’t comfortable with having their abdominal area massaged. I will know how to avoid any sensitive areas you identify and still give you a therapeutic experience.
Q. What Happens If I Fall Asleep during My Massage?
A. It’s quite common for people to fall asleep during a relaxing massage. Massage therapists typically take this as a compliment and a sign that they’re providing maximum relaxation to their clients. Enjoy your massage experience and don’t expect yourself to stay awake and alert at all times. Many clients allow their bodies and minds to “reset” in deeply relaxing states.
Q. What If My Stomach Growls During a Massage, or Worse?
A. Massage therapists create “judgment-free zones” with their clients and understand that massages can sometimes lead to clients making strange noises, passing gas, or even having deeply emotional experiences. If you feel the need to laugh, cry, or even tremble, I will understand and may ask you if you want to continue the massage or take a break
Q. Can I Stop a Massage If I Feel Uncomfortable?
A. Absolutely! You are always in control of your massage therapy session. Feel free to ask me to pause or stop your massage if you’re uncomfortable with any aspect of this treatment.
Remember, by discussing potential issues with your therapist before they arise, you can help ensure a positive experience. I interview my clients when I arrive to find out about their health histories and needs. Take some time to share any and all concerns you have, including any shyness about your body, worries about privacy and procedure, and -of course- your goals for the session.
Q. Can I pay with a credit card?
A. At the moment that is not possible.
Q. What if you can not find my place?
A. When you make the appointment for your massage, you give me your phone number so that I can get in contact with you in case I get lost. Or you can send me the directions via whatsapp or google maps.