What to Expect at Your Massage Session

Preliminary Information

  • Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your health and wellness goals.
  • The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome.
  • This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Privacy

  • Music might be played. If you find music distracting, tell your massage therapist. The same goes for talking during your session.
  • Your massage therapists should check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist.
  • The massage table is padded and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck.

Massage Therapy

  • Massage therapists often use oil or lotion. If you’re allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand.
  • If you’re receiving a hot stone massage, make sure you’re comfortable with the temperature of the stones.
  • Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.
  • Remember to breathe normally.
  • After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. Usually, your massage therapist will offer you water after you’re dressed.
  • Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service.

Follow Up

The benefits of massage are cumulative, so work with your massage therapist to customize a plan to meet your health and wellness goals.