My First Massage Therapy Session: What to Expect
... October 29, 2013
So, what is a typical Massage Therapy Session is like?
A typical massage therapy session is between 45 and 90 minutes. Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle.
What should I expect at a massage therapy session?
You will be asked to undress to your comfort level (many people kept their underwear on) while the therapist is out of the room. You will be instructed to lie face up/down in between the sheets on a padded massage table. The therapist will knock to ensure you are ready before re-entering the room. The therapist will then adjust the face rest and pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned.
Tips to improve your experience
Tell the massage therapist if you are too warm or cold. Also let the therapist know right away if pressure applied is too much or not enough so she can adjust to better the outcome. The therapist uses a light oil, lotion or gel on the skin and begins the massage. A full body massage usually begins on the back and then moves down to the legs. You will then be asked to turn over so you are facing up. The massage continues on your arms, legs, neck, and abdomen. You are underneath the sheet at all times, and only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered.
After the massage, the therapist leaves the room so you can get re-dressed. Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand up too quickly you may feel lightheadedness or dizziness.
Additional Massage Tips
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage
- Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to complete the necessary forms
- Always try to arrive early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage
Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to becoming well prepared for your massage therapy sessions