Apprehensive about Massage Therapy

More and more people are utilizing the awesome benefits of Massage & Bodywork; however, for those who are a little apprehensive about massage therapy, we have provided some really nice information for you.

1. Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a massage gown.

2. Will I be covered during the session?
You will be PROPERLY draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

3. What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

4. Should I speak up? – We will ask you what your goals are for your session and keep you informed as to the degree of pressure, the temperature of the room, etc. Because newbie’s might be shy in conveying their needs, periodically we will ask you how you are feeling.

5. Should I chit-chat? – A common question first-time massage recipients have is whether or not they should talk to their therapist during a massage. At the onset of a massage, directing clients to close their eyes and relax helps put many people at ease. While most people enjoy meditating or forgetting about their worries during a massage, some will chit-chat to mask insecurities and nervousness. We will help you focus on your breathing. This is a great tool to help you relax and forget about conversation concerns.

6. What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

7. How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Hopefully, we have eased some of those first time jitters. Once someone relaxes into receiving a treatment, massage benefits can really take effect – and chances are you will get HOOKED.

Let us help you create a healthy client-therapist relationship.

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Posted on October 7, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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