What should I expect during my first massage visit?
You will be required to fill out a health history form. It is important to list all health concerns & medication so that your therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs. Your therapist will ask you general questions to establish what your concerns are & what condition you present with. Please note any allergies as this can make a difference to what oil your therapist will use.
Do I have to get undressed?
You should undress to the level you are comfortable. We generally ask clients to leave their underwear on during the session. It is important that you relax & feel comfortable so that you get the optimal benefit from your session. Your therapist will give you privacy to undress & get comfortable on the table.
Am I covered on the table?
You are always draped on the table, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. The genitals or breasts will not be uncovered.
What do I do during a massage treatment?
Make yourself comfortable on the table. Your therapist will move you or ask you to move if needed. It’s your massage… so close your eyes & relax during the session or you may prefer to talk. If your massage is treatment based your therapist may need your feedback on pain levels so may talk to you to prevent you drifting off. Feel free to ask questions during the session.
How long is a massage session?
For a full body massage we would recommend 60-90mins to ensure optimal relaxation. For neck & shoulders, back, legs & feet you may find 30-45mins sufficient.
Does massage hurt?
This will depend on the type of massage & how deep the therapist works. A light, relaxing massage shouldn’t hurt. There will be times when you may experience a “feel good” hurt during a deep tissue massage. An ‘ouch, stop it’ hurt may cause you to tense your muscles, negating the effects of the massage. It may take your body several sessions to get use to the pressure required for an effective result. We will always work to your comfort.
How often should I get a massage?
This will vary from person to person. For optimum benefits we would recommend regular sessions every 4-6wks. If we need to ensure a muscular/postural change stays we may suggest you come more frequently at first. It is important to not expect years of tension & pain to be dealt with in one 60min session…sometimes we can eliminate/decrease pain in that time…sometimes it takes a few sessions to get to the underlying problem.
How will I feel after my massage session?
How you feel will vary depending on the style of massage used. You may feel relaxed, sleepy, renewed or invigorated. If you have received a deep tissue massage, you may be slightly sore the next day – similar to a workout at the gym. The benefits of massage tend to be cumulative, so you will feel better as you get additional massages. A spa or hot shower can be of benefit. We encourage you to drink an extra glass or two of water over your normal intake. A light walk can also be beneficial. We discourage you from doing any heavy workouts after a treatment massage.
Is there any time I shouldn’t get a massage?
You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu or contagious skin infection… not enjoyable for you or your therapist! We can adapt our techniques for conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis, diabetes. We can avoid areas completely – burns, varicose veins. You will need to discuss with your therapist re cancer & heart conditions. Generally we can adapt a massage session to cater for your specific needs.
We are happy to answer any further questions or concerns you may have. Call us at Head 2 Toe Massage Therapy ; 03 313 0349
I am passionate about massage & how it can enhance a person's physical & mental wellbeing, Louise.