If you haven't had much experience with massage therapy, you might be wondering what to expect. First and foremost, the massage therapist needs to make sure there aren't any conditions or health risks present that could rule out having a massage. Second, the massage therapist needs to know your expectations for the session. Third, the information you provide helps the massage therapist determine what techniques to use and how to structure the session. We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes early for additional consult time and record ay medical or condition updates if needed.
After discussing your needs with you, the therapist will leave the room to provide privacy for disrobing and time for removing jewelry or other articles that may interfere with the massage. You should take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. After disrobing you will lie on the massage table covering yourself with the sheet. The massage therapist will tell you what position to lie in. The sheet is provided for draping during the massage and the therapist will uncover only the part of the body being massaged, ensuring that modesty is respected at all times. Draping also keeps the person receiving the massage warm. You may ask for additional coverage if you tend to be cold natured. You will be asked to silence your cell phone for optimal relaxation. The massage takes place on a comfortable, padded massage table. The table may have some extra attachments or cushions, such as a face rest (which allows you to lie in a face down position without turning your head and neck). If you do not like using any attachments, ask the massage therapist to remove them. Expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage.
The massage therapist may play music during the massage. Some people find music to be more relaxing, but if you prefer a completely quiet environment, ask the therapist to turn the music off. The lights will be dimmed during the session. The key to obtaining your goals during a massage is communication. Let the therapist know if you are in need of general relaxation, stress reduction or if there are specific areas needing attention.
After the massage is finished, you will once again be provided with privacy in order to get dressed, use the restroom and then finally meet your therapist back in the lobby.