Before your treatment
You will be asked to complete a confidential health history form (please arrive 10-15 minutes early for this reason). This is to ensure that the massage treatment you receive will be safe for you. Your massage therapist will discuss this as well as your goals for treatment with you. It is very important to tell her of any past or present health problems or medications you are taking before your massage.
A physical assessment may be done to evaluate your condition and to formulate an effective and appropriate treatment plan.
Your therapist will explain how to get on the massage table and what clothing to remove for the treatment. We want you to be comfortable, so if you are hesitant about removing your clothes, massage can be done with clothing on.
If you have any questions before, during or after your massage, please ask!
You will always be properly covered with a sheet and blanket during the entire treatment to keep you warm and secure; only the area that is worked on will be undraped.
Your therapist will leave the treatment room so you can undress and get on the massage table. She will knock on the door and ask if you are ready before coming back into the room.
During your treatment
During your treatment, it is important that you are comfortable and relaxed.
If you are ever uncomfortable with any aspect of the treatment, please let your therapist know, so your treatment can be modified or stopped.
If you have any questions during your appointment, you are welcome to ask them.
After your treatment
- After your massage treatment, your therapist will leave the room to allow you to get up and get dressed.
- Massage can be profoundly relaxing. Give yourself a moment to re-orient before slowly getting up.
- You then may be shown exercises or activities designed to help alleviate your problem areas.
- A treatment plan and follow-up treatments, if necessary are then determined by you and your therapist.
After massage, many people experience freedom from aches and pains that have arisen from a recent injury or that have built up over months–or years–of tension or repetitive activity. You may feel an increased energy and a heightened awareness.
Afterwards, you may experience some soreness in the areas treated. This will feel similar to the soreness you experience after a good workout and should disappear within a day or two. It is normal.
It is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage.
You may also decide to take a hot Epsom salts bath before you retire for the night: 2-4 cups of salts dissolved in a hot bath will increase the relaxation you feel and may help with an even better sleep.