If you’re a new client, you’ll have some paperwork to ﬁll out regarding your health history and to identify any contraindications.
You and your therapist will discuss your reason for seeking treatment and your goals. In the treatment room, you’ll be asked to undress to your level of comfort and your therapist will indicate how they would like you to lay on the the treatment table. The therapist will leave the room while you undress and get under the covers. When the therapist returns, they’ll ask you about your comfort on the table, room temperature and if the music is to your liking.
Your therapist will perform some techniques on top of the blankets and some directly on your skin. You will be modestly draped at all times with the therapist exposing only the area currently being worked on. Your therapist will work mostly in silence to allow you to go into a more relaxed state. Occasionally your therapist will ask you about the amount of pressure being applied. Please feel free at any time to ask for adjustments. Our goal is to give you the massage that you desire, and we rely on you to give us feedback.
After your treatment your therapist will discuss the results of the massage, what you are feeling, plans for future visits and will answer any questions you might have. You will also be given some instructions for home care if needed.
Drinking water before and after a massage is highly recommended. During a massage, your muscles will be stimulated and blood is more rapidly circulated throughout the whole body, and this is the time where water, salt and other minerals are released. Increasing your ﬂuid intake will deﬁnitely help your body dispose of any accumulated materials in the muscles. A build up of such waste after massage can mean muscle aches and soreness.
Also, massage can be dehydrating. The manipulation of the muscles moves the ﬂuid around in the interstitial spaces between the muscles. It is similar to exercising; you lose water and electrolytes when you exercise. By drinking lots of water, you can reduce the chances of pain and soreness in the days following a massage.
Some people may feel a bit disoriented after a massage. Taking a few moments to enjoy a glass of water or cup of warm herbal tea is a nice transition back to reality.