What to expect
When you arrive at the office ( Monday- Friday) you will be greeted by the staff, you sign in at the desk and they will announce your arrival. The only time that this won't occur is on Saturday's and after 5 PM during the week. I'll come out to meet you in the lobby and show you to my treatment room. If you haven't completed the new patient intake form online, I’ll have the intake form for you to complete but keep in my mind that this may reduce your session time so it's best to fill this out prior to your appointment. We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what you your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax? What areas do you want worked on the most?
After I walk you through my massage process, I’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 undergarment can be left on or taken off. You will be properly draped throughout the entire massage.
Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, I may start the massage on your face, neck and shoulders, or maybe on your back. I use an unscented, hypoallergenic massage lotion in order to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to on your skin. While I do offer aromatherapy as an upgrade that involves scented essential oils, I will never use them without your prior permission.
During the massage
It’s a great benefit for us both if you can allow your body to relax and sink into the table. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work! This may take some practice.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause pain. There may be a certain level of discomfort and a "hurts so good" feeling if we’re working on a problem area but pain is not okay. It’s very important that you communicate with me about that so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.
I’ll check in with you as the session progresses but please feel free to 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 me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.
I hope you enjoy your massage! You can schedule online here anytime. www.wellnessfirstmassage.com