Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you.
You will draped ( covered by a sheet and a blanket) at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. No areas will be exposed without your consent. You should always let your therapist know if you are uncomfortable for any reason during your massage session.
You should undress to your level of comfort. You will undress and dress in the privacy of your massage room and will be securely covered by a blanket and a sheet during your massage session.
It usually depends on the techniques used. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
Massage has a physical and emotional component. Some people feel very relaxed while others experience freedom from long-term aches and pains. Some people may feel sore depending on the individual and type of massage. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water and take a hot Epsom salt bath. When you receive a massage, the muscles and tissues release on an emotional like the release of physical tension and can manifest as an audible sigh, laughter, muscle twitching or even tears. In the safe, nurturing space of a therapy room, people can let down their defenses, making these kinds of emotional releases a common occurrence.