It is not unusual to be nervous before your first massage. And it’s important that your first massage is a great experience, one where you feel like you’ve been listened to and you feel safe as you relax deeply while your muscles are skillfully worked. Healing touch is an important part of our overall well-being.
Knowing what to expect before you come in for your first massage can be helpful as you get ready.
The most important thing to know is that this experience is about you, and your comfort. You are the leader, and we are here to facilitate your goals for the massage. Some people want to relax deeply, others of us need certain areas loosened. If you want general full-body work, we can do that. If you want to avoid working on certain parts of your body, just let us know. Each of us could spend a full hour working just your feet, or your head and neck, or your back, or legs. So as you think about aspects of the massage you may be uncomfortable with, rest assured, there is a solution that will provide you the utmost comfort.
When you come see us, you will come in directly to your massage space. We will be there to meet you and will give you some fresh water and a form to fill out. This gives you the chance to let us know what you would like from your massage and to let us know any history of injuries or surgeries so we can better understand your musculature and structural balance. Once you have finished your forms, you can choose a therapist to work with. We will chat with you a little more to find out more about what you are looking for so we can give you a great massage customized to your needs.
Undressing is entirely for your sense of freedom and ease of breathing. Only undress to your comfort level. You should feel safe and relaxed on the table. Our draping is professional, and your safety is of utmost importance to us. If you would like to stay dressed, wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing to the massage.
Communication is the single most important thing to know when receiving massage is that you can communicate with your therapist. We are not doing the massage “to” you, but rather working “with” you. It is designed to be a cooperative experience. Temperature, pressure, and music can all be adjusted at your request. You are also welcome to ask anything about your massage.
When you leave your massage session, walking taller, breathing easier, and imbued in a sense of calm, you will become one of the many people who understand why massage is so loved, and so important for us all.