1. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your massage therapist will ask you to fill out a medical history questionnaire. He or she will review the form and then ask you basic questions to determine what massage technique is best for you. The massage therapist may even perform a series of simple assessments to evaluate your condition.
2. Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage session will take place in a comfortable, quiet, and warm room. There may be soft music or aromatherapy candles to help you feel relaxed and comfortable. You will lie on a comfortable massage table.
3. What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the type of massage, you will either undress or you may not need to undress. If you undress, you can wear underwear. You will have privacy and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being massaged.
4. Will the massage oils cause an allergic reaction?
Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you do have sensitive skin and react to certain lotions and oils, you should inform your massage therapist.
5. Can everyone get a massage?
No, there are a number of health conditions that would make it inappropriate to have a massage. There will be a question about any health conditions on your medical form. Your massage therapist may require approval or a recommendation from your physician
6. What do I do during massage therapy treatment?
You will make yourself comfortable. The therapist will tell you if you need to change your position. Most people relax and close their eyes.
7. How long will a massage session last?
The average full-body massage will take about one hour. A half-hour appointment is generally for partial massages such as the neck and shoulders. For optimal relaxation, most people will receive a 60 to 90 minute session.