What happens during a massage?
When you first arrive to my
studio, you'll be asked to fill out a client questionnaire form. This will
give me personal information about you that will guide me with the
style of massage most appropriate for you. Don't hesitate to ask
questions about anything which you're unsure, or any concerns you might
have. If you're expecting something in particular from the massage,
make sure you tell me. For example, if you've been having a lot of
tightness in your right shoulder, and you'd like some extra attention
given to it, tell me. If you prefer a lighter or deeper massage, make
that preference known. I will discover your tight and sore areas during
the massage, prioritize the time spent on these areas, and may do less
work on areas that don't need as much attention.
Once you've finished with the
intake, I will give you some privacy to get undressed and get on the
massage table. A drape, either a sheet or towel, will be provided.
Please lay on your stomach or on your back. If you're to start on your
stomach, there will be a cushioned doughnut-shaped device at one end of
the table. This is a face rest, and you should place your face in
there. This allows you to be face down, and keep your shoulder and neck
muscles relaxed. If you lay your head on the table and turn it to one
side, the muscles in your neck and shoulders won't be in their relaxed
state and won't be able to receive the best benefits of the massage.
There will also be a pillow on
the table. This will be used for your ankles and knees. If you're lying
face down, the pillow goes under your ankles, so you're not
hyperextending your feet while lying that way for an extended period of
time. If you're lying on your back, it goes under the knees to prevent
any hyperextension of your knee joint.
Once you're undressed and under
the drape, I will come back into the room. For the most part, your work
is done, and all you have to do is relax and enjoy. I will undrape the
section of the body that I will work on first, and apply oil to your
skin. I will use a variety of strokes, some rubbing, kneading,
vibration, percussion, whatever I think will work best for your
muscles. Stretching, rocking, or pressure point work may all be added.
If I give you directions for slow exhales, just follow along. If I
stretch or rotate any joint, don't try to help. Just stay as relaxed
and limp as you can and let me move that part of your body.
Every therapist has their own
style of massage, strokes they like to use on different parts of the
body, and prefer to work on different areas of the body in a particular
order. One therapist may start you on your stomach and begin the
massage with your back. Another may start you on your back and begin
with your feet. So for a first visit with any massage therapist, don't
be alarmed if their style and direction is different from another
therapist you've seen.
When I finish with one area of
the body, I will put the drape back over that part, and undrape the
next section to be massaged. At some point, you may be asked to roll
over under the drape, and I will continue with the other side of the
body. When the massage is over, you'll be left in private to get
dressed again. If a towel was used for a drape, you can wipe off any
excess oil with it. I will return, and this is a good time to tell me how
you feel, if you have any concerns, settle the bill, and make your next