Almonte Massage Therapy
What you can expect from your first Almonte massage therapy session
Before the Massage
Try not to eat just before your massage. Give yourself some time to digest, like when you go swimming.
Give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed. If you are rushing and arrive all stressed out, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.
Generally, first appointment begins with an intake process, starting with a health history form. Arrive a little early for your first visit to fill it out. Generally, a health history will ask about:
- Medical conditions
- Areas of concern
- Your level of pain or discomfort on good and bad days
- What helps reduce the pain and what makes it worse
- Contact information
The Almonte massage therapist will review your health history and ask questions. Because massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, be honest with the massage therapist about your health. You should also let the therapist know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines you are taking, because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. Knowing your health history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.
The Almonte massage therapist will ask you questions to better design a session that meets your needs and goals within the time allotted. Let the therapist know what areas of your body you would like worked on, or if there are any areas to avoid, and if you have any special techniques that you would like to use or avoid. If you are concerned about undressing, discuss it with the therapist, who should be able to offer you some other options. Don’t be afraid to go over any apprehensions or concerns. All information you give is confidential.
The therapist will outline what will happen in your Almonte massage session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level.
When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet or other draping on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering.
During the Massage
You will lie on a professional massage table, covered by a sheet or large towel. Make sure you are comfortable and let the Almonte massage therapist know if you are not. Tell the therapist if you are cold, want to be covered, don’t want an area of your body touched, don’t like the music, or are experiencing discomfort with the technique or how it is being applied. Remember, this service is for you, and can ask for changes or stop the session at any time.
A professional massage therapist will never expose genitals or breasts, or any other areas you identify. Only the area the therapist is working on will be exposed.
The therapist may play music, but be sure to tell your therapist if you would prefer a different type of music or if you would like quiet.
How to get the most from your massage
Be as open to the process as you can.
Relax and try let your thoughts go. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels.
Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it.
In the same way, tightening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you can’t seem to relax your muscles, let your massage therapist know. They may need to adjust the massage technique.
Some typical techniques we use here in Almonte for our massages:
After your Massage
At the end of your Almonte massage, your therapist will leave the room so you can dress in private. Wait a few minutes on the table as you get grounded, especially if you feel light-headed. Then take your time getting ready.
When you leave the treatment room and enter into the reception area, the therapist will offer you a glass of water. It is a good idea to drink some water to help the body flush waste products.
If you have the time, allow some quiet time after the massage and don’t go back to work or other responsibilities immediately.
How you feel after the massage will vary based on the style of massage used, the length of the session, and the demands you place on yourself afterward. Feelings range from being very relaxed, renewed, to invigorated, excited or experiencing a rush of clarity or new energy and insight, to recognizing your real level of fatigue
Clinical types of massage may leave the body free from chronic tightness or acute pain patterns, but may replace it with a mild soreness from the pressure applied. This is normal. After this type of massage, you may want to rest the area before jumping back into the activity that produced the acute soreness.
Realize that the benefits of massage tend to be cumulative, so typically, you will feel better as you get additional massages.