Prior to your massage…
In the days before your massage, drink plenty of water. Do not eat just before your massage.
Give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed. If you are rushing and arrive stressed, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.
Consultation upon arrival…
When you arrive at the studio, please walk upstairs and make a U-turn into our Tranquility Room if no one greets you right away. You may help yourself to a glass of water and complete your Health History form if you were unable to do so prior to your appointment.
Your massage therapist will review your health history and ask questions. Because massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, be honest with the massage therapist about your health. You should also let the therapist know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines you are taking, because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. Knowing your history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.
The massage therapist will ask you questions to better design a session that meets your needs and goals within the time allotted. Let the therapist know what areas of your body you would like worked on, if there are any areas to avoid, and if you have any techniques that you would like to use or avoid. If you are concerned about undressing, discuss it with the therapist, who should be able to offer you some options. Don't be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. All information you give is confidential.
The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level.
When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet and blanket on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering.
During the massage...
Position yourself to be in the center of the table with your head at the top of the table, as best you can. Take a few deep breaths at the beginning of your session to help relax your mind. Make yourself comfortable and let the therapist know if you are not. Your therapist can make changes to ensure you are comfortable and enjoy your session. Let the therapist know if you don’t like the music, are too hot/cold, or are experiencing discomfort with the technique or how it is being applied. Remember, you are in charge, and can ask for changes or stop the session at any time.
You are covered at all times during the amssage. Your massage therpaist will only uncover areas as they need to massage them.
Calming music will be played, but be sure to tell your therapist if you would prefer a different type of music or if you would like quiet. You can also bring your own music to play during the session.
How to get the most from your massage
Be as open to the process as you can. Relax and try to let your thoughts go. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels.
Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it. This does not mean breathe through pain. If you are in pain, let your therapist know so they may adjust the pressure.
After the massage…
At the end of the massage, your therapist will place a hot towel on your back and let you lie there for a couple minutes to let the massage soak in. The therapist will leave the room, but return soon to remove the towel and apply essential oils. They will leave so you can dress in private. Wait a minute on the table as you get grounded and stretch out if you’d like. The child’s pose is a great post-massage stretch. Then take your time getting ready.
When you leave the treatment room, proceed back to the Tranquility Room where the therapist will offer you hot tea or a glass of water. It is really important to drink a lot of water after a massage to help the body flush waste products.
If possible, allow some quiet time after the massage and don't go back to work or other responsibilities immediately.
How you feel after the massage will vary based on the style of massage used, the length of the session, and the demands you place on your body afterward. Feelings range from being relaxed, renewed and centered, to invigorated, excited or experiencing a rush of clarity or new energy and insight, to recognizing your true level of fatigue (particularly if you can be "off duty" for the rest of the day) and wanting only to rest.
Realize that the benefits of massage tend to be cumulative, so typically, you will feel better as you get additional massages.