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What to Expect During Your Massage Therapy

Initial Information

  • Your massage therapist will ask you questions about your overall health and your wellness goals.
  • The massage therapist will consider each person in a holistic fashion, meaning they will gather information about many aspects of your lifestyle, health, activity levels, medications and other factors that will affect your physical condition.
  • This information will help the therapist to properly perform the massage to best achieve your health and wellness goals.

Privacy Matters

  • Before your massage, the therapist will ask you to disrobe to your level of comfort.
  • The therapist will leave the room while you undress. Take off only as much as your comfortable removing.
  • Lie on the massage table, underneath the top sheet and blanket provided, which will cover your body except for the area(s) being massaged.
  • Chair massages which often are offered in public spaces and workplaces, are an exception. Especially designed massage chair lets you lean forward and supports the front of the body. You remain clothed and no oil or lotion is used. Seated massages typically last from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the desired outcome and any time constraints present.

Environment

  • Music might be played. If you find music distracting, tell your massage therapist. The same for talking during your session. If you’re not talking your therapist should not be talking either and vice versa.
  • Your massage therapists will likely check on pressure and comfort a few times throughout appointment. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist regardless of whether they are asking.
  • The massage table is padded, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle,which allows you to lie face down without turning your head or neck.

Massage Therapy

  • Massage therapists often use oil or lotion. If you’re allergic to oils or lotions, please tell massage therapist beforehand.
  • If you’re receiving hot stone massage, make sure you’re comfortable with the temperature of the stones.
  • Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles, injured areas, etc.
  • Remember to breathe normally. Breathing deeply is very relaxing and will assist the massage therapist to work deeper if you’re able to do it comfortably.
  • Table massage usually lasts between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
  • After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. Usually your massage therapist will offer you water after you’re dressed and come out of the treatment room.
  • Tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.

Follow Up

  • The benefits of massage are cumulative, so work with your massage therapist to customizeto meet your health and wellness goals. Staying consistent with your customized treatment plan recommendations will allow your body to produce lasting, positive changes.

New Patient Forms

Before arriving for your visit, please complete the Patient Intake Form, review the Statement of Privacy Practices, and sign the Acknowledgement of Receipt of Privacy Practices. Please bring the signed documents with you to your visit. We are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have when you arrive for your appointment.

Patient Intake Form

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Personal Injury Form

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Statement of Privacy Practices

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Referral Sheet

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