What to expect during your first massage,
Prior to your appointment we will email you an intake form to complete. If no email is given we will have one for you when you arrive at the office. After arriving for your appointment we will go over the information provided on your intake form. We will talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax?
We will then show you the massage room and walk you through the massage process. We’ll leave the room so you may undress, get on the massage table, and get comfortable under the draping sheet & blanket.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear it is entirely up to you. Simply put: bottom undergarments can be left on or taken off. You will be properly draped throughout the massage.
Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, We may start the massage on your legs, on your back, or maybe on your neck and shoulders. We use a light, coconut or jojoba based oil to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. We have scented essential oils that can be added to your massage for a small charge. We also offer Hot Stone and Eco-Fin add on services for a small charge.
During the massage
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. If we need to move your arms or legs, etc, we’ll do the work! This does take practice.
It’s really important for you to tell us if any massage techniques we use causes pain. Pain is not okay. ‘No pain, no gain’ is a common misconception. However, there may be a certain level of discomfort or ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell us about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.
We’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music!
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please call us so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that we can make notes to adjust your next massage.
We hope you enjoy your massage! You can schedule online anytime by clicking the button below!
You’ve Never Had a Massage….So Why Start Now?
Wait, you’ve never had a massage!?!
Don’t worry you are not alone. While my daughter who has grown up with massage, would be shocked to hear it, many people have not experienced massage from a licensed professional. I could list the numerous benefits of massage such as decreased levels of stress, reduced muscle tension, mood elevation, and reduction in headache intensity or frequency, but that is info you can get from a quick google search. I thought you may be more interested in learning why our clients receive massage. So I reached out, and here are a few of the responses I have gotten. Keep in mind these statements are based soley on the personal opinion, experience, and knowledge of each individual.
Massage is important to me because it alleviates symptoms of fibromyalgia and because it helps with stress management. – Kim M.
I get regular massages to ease tension in my muscles and to relax. I always feel better after a massage. – Dicta S.
I work hard, play hard, and give myself permission to have – ME time. My job puts stress on my arms, shoulders and neck. The relief I feel after a massage is unbelievable. The stress and aches just melt away giving my body a new energy. I was always a fan of an hour Swedish body massage with hot stones added, it is heavenly. Recently I have changed to Ashiatsu (barefoot) massage, I schedule an hour to an hour and one half for each session. I can’t explain the feeling of peacefulness and relaxation that comes with this experience. When Carrie or Allie leave the room at the end of the session and say to relax, if I don’t get up right away they would have to come back and wake me up as my body seems to melt into the table. **Try Healing Hands** they give me a massage that gives me peace, relaxation and a new energy without stress and aches. It’s an AWESOME experience. – Cathy N.
I get massage for health benefits, both physical and mental. I have been a manicurist for 25 years and have developed issues with my hands. Massage has greatly improved their flexibility. I am always amazed how relaxed my shoulders feel afterwards. Being in a service profession massage is my way of releasing stress and pampering myself. – Sheri B.
The reason I get messages monthly, is because I have a desk job so I sit a lot. Sitting most of the day on the computer leaves my muscles tight. The massage helps to loosen me up. Especially in the back and neck area. I also experience frequent pain in my legs. The leg massage really helps my muscles relax. I would recommend massage therapy to everyone.
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