What to Expect at Your First Massage

What to expect 

When you arrive at the office, if you haven’t already completed the brief intake form on-line through my booking site, I’ll have a brief intake form for you to complete. We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what you your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax?

I’ll show you the massage room and walk you through the massage process. I’ll leave the room so you may undress, get on the massage table, and get comfortable under the draping sheet & blanket. My table has a heated pad on it and it’s up to you what level you want it at or whether you want it off. I also offer hot and cold packs at no extra charge.

Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear it is entirely up to you. Simply put: bottom undergarment can be left on or taken off. You will be properly draped throughout the massage.

Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, I may start the massage on your head, neck and shoulders, or maybe on your back or feet. I use a variety of oil blends, usually sesame based, sometimes with rich hemp seed oil, or something I’ve made, such as an infused herbal oil, or a balm or cream. These are used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.

During the massage

It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table–there’s no need to help me by holding up your head with your neck muscles or otherwise bracing yourself. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work. This can take practice as our brain is often programmed to assist.

It’s important for you to tell me if you experience pain with any massage techniques I use. This is not a “no pain, no gain” situation. If you are wincing, holding your breath, telling yourself “this must be good for me, I can do this another minute” then that’s too much. On a scale of 1 to 10, we don’t want to go to spend our time at 7 and above. 6 is the borderline of “hurts so good” before we cross over–and there may be a certain level of discomfort and this “hurts so good” feeling if we’re working on a problem area. It’s good to tell me about that too so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.

I’ll check in with you as we go, but not excessively (I try to minimize interruption), so please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, need to adjust the face rest, or need an eye mask, tissue or another pillow.

After the massage

You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage, what I like to call massage mind. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please call me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.

I hope you enjoy your massage! You can schedule online here anytime.