What should I expect during my first visit?
Your first visit will involve going over your intake forms, health history, areas of concern, and goals for treatment. It is important for you to be detailed and honest with your health history as it may require the treatment be adapted. So even if you broke your arm 40 years ago and don’t completely understand why we need know about it, we still need to know about it.
We may do some structural and/or movement assessment to help figure out the most appropriate treatment for you. After a brief but thorough conversation about your intake and assessments, we will immediately move into doing bodywork.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork therapies?
- relieves muscle pain
- decreases muscle tension
- increases flexibility and range of motion
- reduces swelling and pain after injury
- relieves trigger point pain
- improves metabolic waste removal
- promotes faster healing
- improves circulation
- strengthens immune system
- reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
- promotes release of natural pain relieving brain chemicals
- improves oxygen and nutritional supply to cells
Do I need to be completely undressed?
Our instruction is always to undress to your level of comfort. You are always in control of how much you undress during your massage therapy session. Most people are completely undressed during their sessions. Some feel more comfortable leaving their underpants on and that’s perfectly fine.
In some cases, clothing is preferred as it allows the client to get up off the table and see how certain movements feel after a bit of work. In this case, it is very common to wear loose or flexible athletic wear to your appointment. For men, a pair of athletic shorts or briefs works great. For ladies, a sports bra and shorts of tights works great as well.
How will my body be covered?
Your body will be draped (covered by a sheet, blanket, or towel) in a way that makes you feel safe and secure. The only time the drapes will be removed is when that part of your body being treated.
For women, breasts will be securely covered at all times. For both genders, the genitals and gluteals will also be covered at all times.
With voluntary and informed consent, the gluteal (partially for both genders) and breast drapes (only partially for women) may be temporarily uncovered to perform therapeutic massage to those areas.
Your therapist will leave the room while you undress, get on the table and under the drapes. We always knock on the door and ensure you are appropriately covered before we enter the treatment room.
Will the massage hurt?
This depends on the type of massage. Deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and some sports massage techniques can be uncomfortable at times but it should only be in a pleasantly uncomforatble kind of way. “Hurt so good” is similar to the feeling of stretching or foam rolling.
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different so we use a 0-10 scale where 0 is no pain at all and 10 is unbearable pain. We always try and stay no higher than a 7 on your 0-10 scale. Occasionally we make enter 8 territory but rarely and never for long.
What if I don’t want a certain part of my body worked on?
You are always in control of your massage session, period. Your therapist will always ask if there are any areas of your body that you would not like to be worked on.
How will I feel after my session?
It depends. You will probably feel more relaxed than when you came in. Many people have the experience of feeling “taller” and have more range of motion. You may feel tired or sleepy, or you may be energized.
Deep tissue and trigger point work can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day but only mildly and similar to workout soreness. Keeping your body well hydrated will also help with any soreness you might experience.
May I talk during my session?
Yes. Its actually preferable to keep your therapist informed on any discomfort or referral sensation you might be experiencing. Its also important to speak up if the therapist is doing something that you don’t enjoy or doesn’t feel good to you.
You’re also welcome to feel free and zone out, relax, and enjoy the quiet time.
Will one massage therapy session “fix” me?
First of all, You are not broken. Let that sink in for a moment.
There is no way to answer this question. Every client has their own history, their own set of problems, and requires different treatment. So it varies. Its important for you as a client to have appropriate and managed expectations regarding your treatment sessions.
Many people experience a great deal of relief after their very first visit, some don’t. Our therapists follow the “three visit rule.” If the client hasn’t experienced significant benefit from the bodywork or relief from pain within 3 visits, we refer to someone who may be a better fit for treatment.
That being said, your therapist will create a specific treatment plan to best meet your particular needs.