Your First Massage?
Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax. Try not to eat a large meal and go light on the caffeine and sugar before your appointment. These stimulants may make it difficult to relax. A warm shower prior to a massage will help you relax even more.
Clients are asked to remove as much clothing as they are comfortable with. The massage etiquette varies for clients. Some clients prefer to completely disrobe, while some will remain partially clothed. Either option is fine. I will leave the room for you to undress, get on the massage table and cover yourself with a sheet. To respect personal privacy, provide adequate warmth, and promote professionalism you will be covered or draped with a sheet and/or blanket at all times so that only the part of the body being worked on is exposed.
Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up during the massage is counterproductive, please let me know if this is happening I may need to adjust the massage technique and may also be able to help you relax the affected area. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centered and to quiet your mind is to focus on your breath and follow my hands and focus on how the touch feels.
Depending on your specific needs or requests, I will either perform a customized Swedish massage (for general relaxation and stress reduction) or focus on the specific areas of your body for pain relief that you have requested.
Be prepared to schedule several massage sessions. Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. If you’re getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed.