What to Expect During a Massage
Before your massage session starts, your massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history, and what you are hoping to achieve through your massage therapy. Tell your massage therapist if you have any allergens. Your massage therapist should explain the type of massage and technique that will be used. Furthermore, your massage therapist should explain or show you what muscle groups or areas of the body that will be massaged during your session.
Typically, during the massage session, you will be provided time to undress to your comfort level. It is best to undress or wear loose fitting clothing to ensure that your massage therapist is able to access the identified areas of the body that need work. You generally will lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet prior to the massage therapist entering the treatment room. Once the massage therapist enters the treatment room, he or she will make any adjustments to the table to ensure that you are comfortable. Next, your therapist will perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine the application of pressure. Depending on your preference, your massage therapist will use a oil or lotion to reduce the friction on your skin.
A massage session can last between 10 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage. You should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage. However, occasionally you may have some sensitive spots in a muscle that feel like knots. The sensitive spots are likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist work them out. However, if the pain is too intense, speak up, and let your therapist know. After the massage session, your therapist will leave the room and allow time for you to get dressed. Your therapist will provide you with a overview of the session findings and offer advice for wellness improvements. Your therapist should ask if you have nay questions. You may schedule your next appointment with your therapist after the session is over.
It is very important that your massage therapist checks in with you during the session to ensure that you are feeling okay. Furthermore, it is more important that you also, speak up to let your therapist know if you are feeling too much discomfort.