Your first massage appointment
You will be asked to fill out a health history form, which you and your therapist will sit down and discuss. This form is used to determine if there are any overall contraindications for massage or special considerations that need to be adjusted for. It is also used to give your therapist information about your health status and any areas of pain or injury that you may have. You should feel free to ask questions or discuss any concerns.
Your massage therapist will then bring you into the therapy room and leave you to privately undress to your level of comfort and get under a sheet on the massage table. For a full body massage, many people undress completely, though you may choose to wear underwear or other clothing if desired. A sheet will cover you, and only the part of the body being worked on will be exposed. Your privacy will be respected at all times. After your massage, the therapist will leave the room, and you can slowly get up and dress before coming out of the room.
Receiving massage therapy
Your only job is to relax. Your therapist will work with you to establish a comfortable amount of pressure, but you should never hesitate to request more or less pressure at any time during the session. If you feel either too warm or too cold, inform your therapist and adjustments will be made to ensure your comfort. Always communicate to your therapist if you are uncomfortable in any way.
Some people just close their eyes, while others prefer to talk. It’s your massage and whatever feels comfortable for you is the best way to relax.