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Nervous to Get a Massage? Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. Be Vocal! Don't be afraid to Speak up! Your therapist will not be offended if you want anything changed: Pressure, Areas Worked, Position or if you are to hot or cold.

2. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

Your Massage Therapist will have you fill out health history forms. He/She will also ask you some general questions to establish an idea of what areas to focus on and what modalities to use. The Health History and general questions help your therapist to build a treatment plan that is both safe and beneficial.

3. Do I have to be completely undressed? You should undress or "disrobe" to your level of comfort. For a full body massage it is most beneficial to be completely disrobed or to just leave underwear on. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to disrobe and get comfortable on the table. If you are interested in a clothed massage you may want to research other types of body work. However you can work with your massage therapist on a plan that would make you feel most comfortable and relaxed!

4. Do I cover myself with a sheet? This is known as draping, a sheet is always used, The therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. The Genitals (women and men) will NOT be worked on or uncovered at any time during the session. If the woman's abdomen is being worked on, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts and leave the abdomen exposed.

5. What do I do during my massage session?

Make yourself comfortable. If you want to adjust yourself at any time feel free to. If you prefer to talk that is allowed too. Your massage should be relaxing. Do not hesitate to ask questions.

6. How long will a massage session last?

A half hour session only allows time for shoulders, neck, back, legs and feet. The average full body massage session lasts about one hour. I

7. Will the massage hurt?

Pain is an indication of a muscle injury or inflamed area. Pain can also cause the muscles to tighten up. It is best not to go against the body's natural reaction. A good massage should always stay in the "feels good hurt range"

8. How often should I get a massage?

This will all depend on you and your therapist. Communicating needs is important, this will help your therapist to develop a treatment plan. Your therapist will have a better idea of how much body work you need after your treatment when he/she has a better understanding of your specific muscular tissues

9. If I want a deeper massage should I see a male therapist?

There is a perception men give deeper massages than women. It is not whether you have a male or female therapist, it is how they are trained, what their style is, and the therapist's preference, If you are looking to receive a deep massage simply ask your therapist if he/she does this type of body work

10. Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?

No. Studies have shown 60 beats-per-minute has a calming effect on your body. However if you communicate with your therapist you should be able to listen to music that relaxes you the most.

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