Preparing for your massage

  • In the days before your massage, drink plenty of water.
  • Do not eat just before your massage.
  • Give yourself enough time to arrive to your appointment on time and relaxed. If you are rushing and arrive stressed, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.
  • If it is a Mobile Massage appointment take time to relax before the therapist arrives.

Health History

At your first appointment, your therapist will go over your health history including the following.

  • Medical conditions
  • Areas of concern
  • Your level of pain or discomfort on good and bad days
  • What helps reduce the pain and what makes it worse
  • Contact information

Because massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, be honest with the massage therapist about your health. You should also let the therapist know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines you are taking, because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. Knowing your history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.

During the massage

  • The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level.
  • When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the towel on the table. The therapist will check you are ready before re-entering.
  • Generally, you will lie on a massage table, covered by a large towel. Make sure you are comfortable and let the therapist know if you are not.
  • Tell the therapist if you are cold, want to be covered, don’t want an area of your body touched, don’t like the music, or are experiencing discomfort with the technique or how it is being applied.
  • Remember, you are in charge, and can ask for changes or stop the session at any time.

Draping

  • A professional massage therapist will never expose genitals or breasts, or any other areas you identify. Only the area the therapist is working on will be exposed.

Music

  • The therapist may play music, but be sure to tell your therapist if you would prefer a different type of music or if you would like quiet.

How to get the most from your massage

  • Be as open to the process as you can.
  • Relax and try let your thoughts go. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels.
  • Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it.
  • In the same way, tightening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you can’t seem to relax your muscles, let your massage therapist know. They may need to adjust the massage technique.

MASSAGE THERAPY TECHNIQUES

Kneading

Gliding

Friction

Holding

Purcussion

Pumping

Direct Pressure

Cross-fiber Friction

Stretching