What Can I Expect During My First Massage Appointment?
A successful massage therapy appointment requires that you are informed and feeling comfortable.
Here is a quick overview of what to expect before, during, and after you first massage appointment at Balanced Bodywork in La Crosse.
When You Arrive
Your therapist will greet you and provide a brief interview and review of your forms. The massage therapist will ask you questions to customize your session to meet your specific needs and goals. You will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns or to ask any questions you may have about massage therapy.
Your massage therapist will then briefly explain what will happen during the session before leaving you in the privacy of the treatment room to undress or change if necessary. Once on the massage table, begin to draw your attention to your breath and your body. Become very comfortable and begin to relax.
Where Will My Massage Session Take Place?
All massage takes place in a very quiet, private, and warm treatment room. High quality audio, a heated table, and professional products are some of the amenities provided for your comfort.
During the Massage Session
Your massage therapist will knock and ask to enter. The massage session will likely begin with some postural analysis and perhaps some gentle rocking to help you settle in and relax. Long, gentle strokes may be used at first, and as you become more relaxed more specific areas of tension may be worked with deeper pressure. Your therapist will periodically ask for feedback on pressure or techniques, and may gently move you or make requests through out the session.
You should expect to be comfortable during your massage. Speak up if the pressure needs adjusting, if you need an extra blanket, or if there is anything your massage therapist can do to help you relax.
Talking During Your Massage
Some people are more comfortable talking during their massage, others prefer to just relax and focus on your breathing. Many begin with a little conversation and become more quiet as they relax.
Most people have an easier time relaxing and receive greater benefits from their massage if talking is kept to a minimum and is focused on the treatment.
Communicate with Your Therapist
Good communication is key to achieving the best results during your appointment. Be sure to give feedback to help your therapist meet your specific needs.
This is your massage. Feel free to let your therapist know if anything needs adjusting to help you feel more comfortable, or if you have any questions during your massage session.
After Your Massage
Most people feel relaxed after a massage.
How you feel will vary depending upon your personal condition, the types of massage therapy you received, the length of your session, and how often you receive massage. You will generally feel better the more massage therapy sessions you receive as the benefits tend to be cumulative.
When your session concludes, the massage therapist will leave the treatment room and give you a few minutes to re-awaken and center yourself before you dress. When you are ready, you will open the treatment room door for the therapist to enter and greet you. You and the therapist will discuss how your session went, answer any questions you may have about your massage, and make any notes for next time. Now is also a good time to schedule your next appointment.
If possible, it's a good idea to have a little quiet time after your massage. This will help prolong the positive effects of the massage and make the most of the time you have invested taking care of yourself.