Who will give my massage?

A massage therapist with many hours of training, often in several types of massage. In addition, massage therapists have a basic competence in anatomy and physiology and knowledge of when massage is not appropriate.

What kind of massages can I get?

Swedish massage utilizing long light strokes, deep kneading, small friction-type motions, light tapping, and movement of the joints. The list of other specialized techniques is long. Ask your massage therapist to explain any other techniques he or she uses.

What is the first appointment like?

Your massage therapist will begin by asking some general health questions since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. Your massage therapist will then leave the room while you undress and relax onto the table, covering yourself with a fresh sheet.

Your massage will take place on a table especially designed for stability and comfort. Your massage therapist may offer cushions or adjustable face rest for support. The room will be warm and quiet, often with soft music to set a relaxing mood.

For a full body massage, most people undress completed, though you may choose to wear underwear. However, the therapist will ensure that your warmly draped at all times, except the area that he/she is working on.

Your massage therapist will usually use a lubricant, such as a light oil or lotion, which is good for your skin and absorbs well. For some kinds of massage, no oil is used and you remain clothed.

A massage usually begins with a light steady touch, followed by broad, flowing strokes. This start calming your nervous system and releasing tension in your superficial muscles. Gradually, as your body becomes ready, your massage therapist works more deeply to relax specific areas.

What should I do in a massage?

Make yourself comfortable. If your massage therapist wants you to adjust your position, he or she either will move you (for instance lift your arm) or will advise of any other movement. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.

Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a massage. Others prefer to talk. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is certainly the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions about what your massage therapist is doing or about massage in general. The desire to sigh or take a deep breath is a sign that you are relaxing. In fact, deep natural breathes can actually help you relax.

Will the massage hurt?

Massage on health tissue feels good, and the saying "no pain, "no gain" is not true for massage. The most effective and the deepest massage works with the body's natural responses, rather than against them. Always tell your massage therapist if you feel any discomfort so she or he can adjust to a more appropriate level.

Massage used to address a painful injury may first cause some discomfort, which usually lessens noticeably in the first few minutes. Your massage therapist will know how to minimize pain, and will work carefully.

Will the massage tickle?

Ticklish people are often surprised that massage does not tickle. The touch in a massage is completely different from tickling. The intent is relaxation, the pressure gentle but firm. In addition, you massage therapist chooses strokes that gradually accustom you to the touch involved.
If you are extremely ticklish, tell your therapist so he or she can work carefully or avoid your areas of sensitivity altogether.

How long is the massage?

An hour is a common length for a massage. This is enough time for a deeply relaxing full body massage, or more in-depth work on a particular area, for instance bank, neck and shoulders.
A half-hour can be an excellent introduction to massage, with plenty of time for a partial massage, such as back, neck and shoulders or legs and feet. One and half-hours is enough time for a fully body massage along with special attention to a problem area.
What do I do after a massage?

When your massage is finished, your massage therapist will leave the room while you dress. Be aware that massage can be profoundly relaxing, and it affects all of your body's systems. Give yourself a moment to reorient before slowly getting up from the table.

How will I fell after a massage?

After a massage, most people feel very relaxed. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up from months of tension or repetitive activity in their daily life. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days.
Sometimes the immediate effects of your massage may seem mild. Watch for further change over the following days, such as pain relief, increased mobility, or reduced stress.

How do I find out more?

You may still have questions after reading these Q & A questions. It is your body and you are right to be careful. Any massage therapist will be happy to discuss questions over the phone or in person
before you book an appointment. Finally, when you are ready, the best answers will come from experiencing a massage first hand. Enjoy in good health!