Whether you have had a massage in the past or this is your first time, there are a few things all clients should know or be aware of.
Our main objective as massage therapists is to provide you, the client, a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. We want you to leave our massage rooms feeling like you can once again take on the universe, or feel relaxed enough to know that the universe will be there tomorrow. You can put your superhero capes away and take a day just to focus on you. Think of it as a much needed break away from the stress of everyday life.
Now aside from relaxation, massage therapy has been used for the health and maintenance of our bodies for thousands of years. There are even paintings of people kneading each other found in the tombs of Ancient Egyptians. In fact, the first written accounts of massage were found in Egypt and China dating all the way back to 2500-3000 BC. It was one of the first known "medicinal" practices. This makes sense because the first thing we do when we have pain is usually to rub the area that hurts. Think about the last time you had a sore neck, maybe a fall or a sprained ankle. Wasn't it instinctual to hold or knead the spot that was effected? Our ancient ancestors must have realized the benefit of massage from the beginning when you think about it as an instinct.
Today, massage therapy has developed and improved over the years. There are many different methods and styles of massage that a seasoned massage therapist will know. There are times when you get a massage that you won't even know a certain area bothered you until it is worked on and you experience the relief from pain or tension that has been there for awhile.
Now, let's get into what you should know when getting a massage. If this is your first time, congratulations! You have made a choice to do something for you that is healthy, beneficial, and that feels great as well! For those of you that are frequent to massage you probably know most of this but there may be a few things you did not know or that you may have thought of but never said during your massage.
Here are the 9 things you should know.
1. The first thing you will be asked to do is to fill out a client intake form. This is for our protection as well as yours. It is usually a short, one page sheet of paper with your base information, the reason you are here for massage, (i.e. problem areas, sore spots, stress or relaxation) and any health issues you may have. It is important for us to know a little about you before working on you in case there are conditions or areas that we may need to avoid. The last thing is your signature agreeing to our terms and conditions.
2. Meet your therapist. After filling out your form you will be greeted by the therapist that will be working with you. They will show you into their massage room and explain to you what you should do with your belongings and your clothes. Generally, we tell you to dress down to your level of comfort and get under the sheet provided for you on the massage table. We will leave for a minute or two so you may get undressed. This is where a lot of people question how far is to far to undress. Unless it has been stated otherwise, this is entirely up to you. As long as you are FULLY covered by the sheet when we re-enter the room, we are ok with nothing on under it. And we are equally ok with you keeping on your unders. So feel free to do whatever makes you most comfortable. It is law to have the client covered under a sheet and we have proper "drapping techniques" that alow us to massage the exposed area without "exposing" you.
3. Just RELAX. That is all you need to do for the rest of your time on our table. We encourage this with our low lights and music. The main thing you need to remember is that this is YOUR time. If you would like us to change the c.d, don't hesitate to ask. If you feel the pressure is too heavy or too light, please let us know. Some people relax better with conversation, while others want to get lost in the music and not have to think for a little while. Both are absolutely o.k. We are here to provide you with the best massage we can give you. Feedback is always welcome. Let us know what you enjoyed about your massage. This allows us to conform the massage to your needs.
4. Moaners and Groaners. Don't be afraid to let out a sigh of relief or to make some noise when we are on a knot that hurts but feels good to get it worked out. That is normal! There is something about letting out a sigh of "Ahhhh" that seams to help release tension. So let it go!
5. Farting... Yes, it happens. No, we do not judge you for it. When you are in a deep state of relaxation there is nothing you can do about it. Don't be embarrassed.
6. Shaved legs. We are not focused on that. We are more concerned about helping your muscles feel better. So please don't let that stop you ladies from getting your massages when you need them.
7. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!!
We will tell you this every time you get a massage. This brings hydration to your muscles, and helps the benefits of your massage last longer while pulling out toxins that have settled in the muscular tissue.
8. Re-book. This is different for everyone. Some people go on a maintenance plan once a month, every other month, Or every other week. Your therapist will recommend what they think is best for you based on their professional opinion. If you have really tight or sore areas, you may consider coming back frequently until you feel better. There should be improvement in how you feel each time. The main goal is to get you feeling good for the duration of time in between your appointments.
9. Know that at The Therapeutic Wellness Center, our therapists will give you the best they have to offer for you to feel the best you can. Here, You are in good hands! Literally.
Written by: Stacey Blackmon LMT