At your appointment, you will be given a client information form to fill out. Please be as thorough as possible, as this helps me assess therapy and treatment possibilities. Once completed, I will review this with you verbally and discuss what your main goals and hopes are for the session. Following a brief consultation, you will be given privacy in the room where massage takes a place to disrobe to your comfort level and get on the table. You will be completely covered while lying on the massage table.
Only the body part being worked on will be uncovered at any one time. A full body massage usually includes the face and scalp; neck and shoulders; upper and lower back; arms, hands and fingers; glutes, legs, feet and toes. If there are any areas to be avoided, let me know in advance.
Your first appointments
Generally, first appointments begin with an intake process, starting with a consultation and filling up the form concerning the health history, medical condition, area of concern, your level of pain or discomfort, your lifestyle. Please be honest with me about your health.
Don't be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. All information you give is confidential.
I will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level. When you are ready I will knock before re-entering.
During the massage you will lie on a massage table, covered by a large towel. Make sure you are comfortable and let me know if you are not. I will never expose any other areas you identify, only the area I am working on will be exposed.
Relax and try let your thoughts go.
How to preapre
There is really nothing mysterious about getting ready for your treatment session. Here are a few suggestions for preparing your space and yourself to optimize the benefits of treatment:
- choose your room in your house that is private and quiet with enough space to walk around the massage table. Have the massage room warm enough. Be aware that during a massage the lotions and oils that are applied to your skin can pull the heat out of your body. Make sure that loved ones understand that you should not be disturbed during your treatment
- turn your mobile phone off
- try to not eat a large meal within 2 hours before your massage
- have a warm shower 30 mins prior to the start time. After your shower, put on something comfortable and loose that you can easily get out of and back into
- have at least 15 minutes quiet time prior to my arriving
- abstain from alcohol the day of your massage treatment. Alcohol can contribute to high levels of toxins in the blood, which massage seeks to reduce
From your firts appointment, I can assist you with the most important aspects of the therapy you need, offering continuous advice and support as well as individual programmes for you to follow at home.
Can I go back to work after my massage?
Of course, but plan on enough time to readjust. Be aware that your perception of motion (driving, stairs, distances may be "off" for 20 minutes or so after the session). Also, realize your relaxed state may bring your feelings close to the surface.
Have I to be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork treatments are performed with the client unclothed; however, it is up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly covered during the treatment session.
Is it okay to talk?
Yes, it is okay to talk, but you may get more benefits from a relaxation massage if you let go of your everyday worries or concerns. Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if they need more or less pressure, another towel, or anything else relevant. If you have any questions feel free to ask.