Sally Harding
Licensed Massage Therapist

What to Expect

If you have never received a massage before the following information provides a good description of what to expect. 

Before you receive your session, it is a good idea not to eat any large or heavy meals, sugar, caffeine or other stimulants.  You may also want to shower or bathe directly before your session, not only out of courtesy to your therapist, but also to help start loosening any tight muscles you may have. 

Before your session begins your therapist may ask you some questions regarding your medical history, physical condition, life-style, etc.  Your therapist may assess any problem areas by observing your posture, checking for restricted or painful movement and gently pressing for tender areas.  

Your session will be administered in a comfortable and private environment.  Please remember to silence your phone as this time belongs to you and nobody else. Your therapist will advise you on disrobing and how to position and drape yourself with the sheets and blankets provided. You may leave your undergarments on or take them off as you prefer.

The only area of your body that will be uncovered during you session will be the area your therapist is working on at that time.  The rest of your body will be fully covered.  Generally the areas of the body included in a full body massage session are the neck, shoulders, chest, arms, hands, upper and lower back, buttocks, legs, feet, face and scalp.  If there are any areas you would prefer not to include in your session, be sure to let the therapist know.  

You will lie on a padded table or mat in a position explained to you by your therapist.  The therapist will take a moment to ensure that you are properly positioned, sufficiently covered and most importantly, that you are comfortable. If at any time during your session you experience any pain, discomfort or uneasiness of any sort, immediately inform your therapist.  Massage therapy, when administered on healthy tissue is a very pleasurable sensation.  In the area of muscular tension or an injury massage therapy may at first cause some discomfort.  When your therapist locates these areas on your body, it will be your natural reaction to tense and to hold your breath.  It is important that you consciously try to relax these areas and remember to breathe deeply.  This will help to lessen any discomfort you might experience from these areas.  

Conversely, if at anytime during your session your therapist works on an area or uses a technique you find particularly enjoyable, be sure to let your therapist know.  Do not wait until the end of your session because if time allows your therapist may do additional work on that area. 

As your session begins, close your eyes and allow yourself to relax as completely as possible.  Focus your attention on your breathing which should be slow, deep and even.   Conversation, as enjoyable as it may be can be distracting to your relaxation and to the concentration fo your therapist.  Please try to limit your conversation to feedback about your session. 

Allow your therapist to move your limbs into various positions.  You do not need to help.  Simply go limp like a rag doll.  Your therapist is there to take care of you so all you need to do is relax.  Again, this is your time.  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 end the session.  Feel free to nap. 

Sometimes as the body releases tension the mind can release emotion.  If you suddenly feel any emotion from joy to sadness do not be alarmed.  Allow yourself to express these feeling by laughing or crying or even a simple sigh. 

Contrary to some notions in our society, massage is a healing therapy and not a sexual service.  Any illicit or sexually suggestive remarks or advances will result in the immediate termination of your session. 

After your massage, you may want to drink extra water over the next 24 hours to help flush out the toxins released by your session.  If possible you may want t o reap the full benefits of your session by taking a nap. 

Be sure to ask your therapist any question you may have about massage therapy or you session in particular.

Most importantly, enjoy!
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