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.
I get this question all the time. What should I expect at a massage therapy session?
You will be asked to undress (many people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie face up/down (instruct by therapist) under a sheet on a padded massage table. The massage therapist will knock on the door to make sure you are ready before re-entering the room. The massage 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. The massage 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 face 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 massage therapist leaves the room so you can get changed. Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy.
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