Many clients don't know exactly what to expect from a therapy session.  
    This is especially true of the first massage experience.  
    Hopefully, you will find the information below helpful.

    What can a massage do for me?
    Massage can help release painful muscle tension, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, and
    reduce mental and physical fatigue.  In addition, massage is among the most effective means available
    to combat stress.

    What is a massage therapist?
    Massage therapists are licensed professionals who have completed many hours of education which
    includes a variety of bodywork techniques, extensive anatomy and physiology, and when massage is
    appropriate for a certain situation.  Many therapists are trained in specialized types of bodywork which
    they may use exclusively or in some combination.  For example, there are special techniques to relieve
    painful trigger points, relax contracted fascia, realign and heal injured tissue.  Others are primarily to aid
    lymph drainage, or restore the natural balance and flow of energy throughout the body.  Techniques will
    vary depending on your situation and the goals you wish to achieve through massage.

    What is my first appointment like?
    Your massage therapist will begin by asking  you to complete a questionnaire asking general health
    questions.  He or she will also conduct a short verbal interview to ensure a clear understanding of your
    needs and desired goals.

    For a full body massage, most people undress completely, though you may choose not to do so if you
    prefer.  We normally advise you to undress to the level at which you feel comfortable.  Your massage
    therapist will leave the therapy room to give you privacy to undress and position yourself on the massage
    table.  He or she will knock before reentering the room.  The massage table is covered with fresh clean
    sheets (usually flannel) and a blanket to ensure you are warm and comfortable during the session.  Only
    the area of your body where the therapy is being applied will be uncovered.  Your massage therapist will
    use a light oil or lotion as a lubricant.  Our oils and lotions are hypo-allergenic and contain natural
    emollients, making them excellent for your skin.

    A massage session usually begins with relatively gentle pressure to calm your nervous system and begin
    releasing tension. Gradually, your therapist may work more deeply to address specific therapy needs.  
    Your therapist will communicate with you throughout the entire massage with regard to your specific
    comfort level.  If at any time, you become uncomfortable, please tell your therapist so he or she can
    adjust the pressure to your comfort level.

    What should I do during a massage?
    Make yourself comfortable.  If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, he or she will explain what
    is needed.  Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk.  
    It's your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax.  Do not hesitate to ask
    questions at any time.

    How will a massage feel?
    Massage on healthy tissue feels good.  The normal response is to slow down, breathe deeply, and relax.  
    However, working in an area of an injury or chronic pain may at first cause some discomfort.  This usually
    lessens within the first few minutes.  Always tell your therapist if you feel any discomfort so she or he can
    adjust the strokes and techniques used.  Your massage therapist knows ways to minimize discomfort, and
    will work carefully within what feels right to you.

    How long is a session?
    One hour is a common session length.  This gives time for a deeply relaxing full body massage or more
    in-depth work on a particular area.  An hour and a half is sometimes needed to address the whole body
    with special attention to specific areas of need or for a specialty session such as an Aromatherapy or Hot
    Stone Massage.  Based on your specific needs, your massage may be scheduled for less or more time.  
    Please discuss session length when making your appointment to ensure you are scheduled appropriately.

    What should I expect afterward?
    Massage can be profoundly relaxing and affect all of your body's systems.  When the session is finished,
    give yourself several minutes to reorient before slowly getting up and dressing.  

    After a session, most people feel very relaxed.  Many experience relief from aches and pains that have built
    up over months of tension.  After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an
    increase in energy that can last for several days.

    Sometimes changes are more subtle. You may not feel dramatic results right away.  It may take a few days
    for you to notice a change in your pain level, mobility, or a reduction in stress.



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