What should I expect during my first massage session?
Updated: May 25, 2022
Before your session:
-You will receive an email with a link to complete your intake form. Please list any current or past health conditions, surgeries, medications or injuries. You will also be prompted to list any pain issues you may be currently experiencing so that I can begin to create a plan for your massage treatment.
-Please arrive on time and plan to be at the office for an extra 15 minutes so we have time to discuss your treatment beforehand, check-in and check-out afterwards. The scheduled time of 60 or 90 minutes is "hands-on" treatment time and the timer doesn't start until you are on the massage table.
-We will go over your intake form at your arrival. This is the time to discuss any issues you would like to address during your massage. Sessions are customized based on what you need. We can spend extra time focusing on certain areas and completely avoid areas if you'd prefer (ie. excluding foot massage, scalp massage, etc)
During your massage:
-The therapist will leave the room while you undress and get comfortable on the massage table. NC requires proper draping to ensure the safety, comfort and privacy of the client and only the area we are working on will be uncovered during the session. This allows for you to undress to your comfort level and still maintain modesty.
-The therapist will check in several times during the massage to adjust the pressure level and make sure you are comfortable. Massage should NOT be painful and if it hurts, the muscles will protect themselves by tightening and we won't be able to work as deeply or effectively. Please speak up at any point in the massage if you need more or less pressure. You are in charge of your massage and your feedback is always very welcome.
-You will either start face-up or face-down, based on what our goals are for the session and determined during your intake. During the session, you will usually be asked to turn over at least once.
-A traditional session includes massage of the back, legs (front and back), feet, arms, neck and scalp. If we are addressing specific conditions and pain issues, this may be modified to allow enough time to focus where it's needed.
After your session:
-The therapist will leave the room so you can have privacy while you get off the table and get dressed.
-Extra time is scheduled between clients so you may ask questions and receive feedback, if you're interested. The therapist is happy to recommend any stretches or activities that may help improve your outcomes.
-During check out, you will have an opportunity to book your next session. How soon you return is based on your personal goals and usually fall within 2-4 week intervals. Medical sessions may require more frequent visits for best results.