A MASSAGE THERAPY SESSION
Before starting your session, your therapist may ask you some questions regarding your medical history, physical condition, lifestyle, etc. to assess any problem areas that you may have. From this your massage therapist will inform you if massage is indicated or, if there is a recent history of broken bones or surgeries, contraindicated. You may need a written statement from your doctor approving you to have a massage. On the day of your massage, it is a good idea not to eat any large or heavy meals, sugar, caffeine, or other stimulants.
You will be asked to disrobe in private and drape yourself with a large towel. You may leave your undergarments on or take them off as you prefer. During your session, your therapist will respect your privacy. The only area of your body that will be uncovered will be the area that your therapist is working on at that time. Your session will be administered in a peaceful and quiet environment.
You will lie down on a comfortably padded massage table in a position explained to you by your therapist. Your therapist will take a moment to ensure that you are properly positioned, sufficiently covered and most importantly, that you are comfortable. Be sure to inform your therapist of anything that distracts from your comfort such as the room temperature, lighting…
As your session begins, close your eyes and allow yourself to relax as completely as possible. Allow your therapist to move your limbs into various positions. You do not need to help. Focus your attention on your breathing, which should be slow, deep and even. Your therapist is trained to take care of your body so all you need to do is relax. Again, this is your time.
Conversation, as enjoyable as it may be, can also be distracting to your relaxation and to the concentration of your therapist’s efforts. Please try to limit your conversation to feedback about your session.
Massage therapy, when administered on healthy tissue, is a very pleasurable sensation. If at any time during the session your therapist works on an area or uses a technique that you find particularly enjoyable, be sure to let your therapist know. If time permits, extra time can be spent on that area or technique. Your therapist will welcome your feedback and will know, for future sessions, to include extra. Equally, if at any time during your session you experience any pain or discomfort, immediately inform your therapist. In the area of muscular tension, massage therapy may at first cause some discomfort it will be your natural reaction to tense and hold your breath. When your therapist locates these areas on your body it is very important that you consciously try to relax these areas and remember to breathe deeply. This will help to lessen any discomfort that you might experience. If you are feeling pain from an injury inform your massage therapist immediately as massage is contraindicated (not recommended).
Many people fall asleep during their session, an indication that their bodies are letting go of stress and tension. Should you fall asleep, your therapist will gently wake you when it is time to reposition or to end the session.
After your massage it is suggested that you drink extra water for the next 24 hours to help flush out the toxins released by your session. If at all possible, you may want to take the time to garner the full benefits of your session by taking a nap.
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