A typical massage therapy session is between 40 and 90 Minutes. Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle.
You will be asked to undress (many people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room and lie down under a sheet on a padded massage table.
The massage therapist will knock on the door to make sure you are ready. The massage therapist re-enters the room and will then adjust the pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned. Tell the massage therapist if you are too warm or too cold.
The massage therapist uses a light oil or lotion on the skin and begins the massage. A full body massage usually begins face up, continuing to your arms and legs. You will then be asked to turn over and the massage continues focusing on your backs, glutes, and legs.
You are underneath the sheet at all times, only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered.
After the massage, the massage therapist leaves the room so you can get changed.
Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly, you may feel lightheaded or dizzy.
Massage Therapy should not hurt. Occasionally, there is mild aching when the massage therapist applies pressure over “knots” and other areas of muscle tension. If the pressure is too strong for you, let the massage therapist know.
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.
Massage therapy is not recommended for certain people:
- People with infectious skin disease, rash or open wounds
- Immediately after surgery
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
- Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage
- Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage
- If it’s your first time, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms.
- Otherwise arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.