Massage therapy is a powerful tool that can help you take charge of your health and well-being. If you’ve never had a massage before, you might feel a bit nervous about your first session. To put your mind at ease, let’s walk through what you can expect during your first massage therapy appointment.
Before Your Session
Completion of your Health History form
We ask you to complete a Health History form so we can get a complete picture of your past and current health. Don’t hold back! Past surgeries, fractures or specialized devices like orthotics help us understand your unique health situation.
Most massage sessions start with a brief consultation. Your massage therapist will ask about your health history, any current pain or discomfort, and your desired results from the massage. This is a great time to ask any questions you might have. Remember, there are no silly questions. The goal is to make sure you’re comfortable and well-informed before your session begins.
After the consultation, the therapist will leave the room, giving you privacy to undress to your comfort level. Most people choose to undress completely or leave on their underwear. You then get under the provided sheet or blanket on the massage table, lying face down.
During Your Session
Now, it’s time for the actual massage. Using a combination of techniques, the therapist will begin working on your body. The pressure will vary from light to firm, depending on the type of massage and your preference. If at any point you feel uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to speak up. Your comfort is paramount.
Your therapist may check in with you periodically to ensure the pressure is just right. Don’t be shy about communicating with them. If you want more or less pressure, simply let them know. Also, if a certain technique or position causes discomfort, it’s important to communicate this immediately.
After Your Session
Once the massage is over, your therapist will leave the room so you can get dressed. Take your time getting up; you might feel a bit light-headed after your session. It’s normal to feel relaxed, even a bit sleepy after a massage.
After your session, the therapist may suggest a follow-up appointment, especially if you’re dealing with a particular issue or injury. They might also provide tips on self-care, such as stretches or relaxation techniques to use at home.
Staying hydrated after a massage is very important. The process of massaging and manipulating the muscles increases circulation and flushes toxins from the body, which water can help to eliminate. So, make sure to drink plenty of water after your session.
Going for your first massage therapy session can feel a bit daunting, but remember that this is a time for you to relax and heal. Communication is key, from discussing your health history and goals before the massage to giving feedback during the session. Our registered massage therapist is a trained professional who wants to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.