What to Expect for Your First Massage
A massage is intended to be a calm and relaxing experience. But if it’s your first massage, you may feel a little trepidation. Don’t let that hold you back. With a little information about what to expect, you’ll walk into your first massage feeling like a confident pro!
Expect a lot of questions at your first massage appointment. I’ll need to know a little bit about your health history and what your goals are for that session. Once your appointment is booked, you will receive an email link so that you can fill out your new client intake form online. If you are unable to complete the form, it isn’t a problem. Just come in to your appointment 5 to 10 minutes early so that you can fill out a paper version of the intake form out before the massage. Your clear and honest answers will help me perform the best massage possible for you.
We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax?
I’ll show you the massage room and walk you through the process. We’ll decide what to prioritize and how you should lay on the table (face up or face down, or on your side) before the massage.
Expect to Dress or Undress to Your Level of Comfort
What does that mean exactly? Many people worry about having to be undressed for their massage.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear is entirely up to you. Simply put: you can leave your underwear on or take them off. If you wearing longer underwear (boxer briefs for men or boy shorts for women) I might not be able to work as effectively on your upper quads, hamstrings or hip flexors without you hiking them up your legs so please keep that in mind. Also, if you want some work done on your glutes, it is recommended that you do not keep your underwear on, but it isn’t required.
I’ll leave the room so you may undress, get on the massage table (it’s super-cozy), and get comfortable under the draping sheet & blanket.
Movies and TV shows always show massage clients naked on a table with just a tiny towel for draping. That’s not what real massage draping looks like! I use sheets that cover your whole body. You’ll stay covered throughout the massage; I’ll only undrape the part of your body that I am massaging right then.
Expect More Communication
When I come back into the room, I’ll help you get comfortable with pillows or bolsters and adjust the heat on the table to suit your preferences. Don’t be afraid to adjust and fidget as needed during the massage to stay cozy.
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc., I’ll do the work! This takes practice, you’ll probably try to help me. I’ll remind you.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.
I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music!
I’ll tell you when the massage is over and leave the room so you can slowly get up and dressed.
Expect Some Final Instructions
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. We’ll talk about how you feel and I may show you some self-care stretches or share some tips to keep you feeling great between appointments. We can also talk about how frequently you may want to get massage to keep on feeling great.
If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief.
You can make the most of your first massage by knowing what to expect and asking all the questions you like so you can feel cozy before, during and after the massage. See you at your first massage!