I’ve never had a massage before, what should I expect?
For your first massage you should expect to fill out a health history form, either in office or online prior to arriving for your appointment, and arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. We will discuss your goals with massage and what to expect throughout the session before starting your massage. I also recommend clients show up hydrated and use the restroom before starting their session.
Do I have to fully undress for my massage?
You will only be expected to undress to your own comfort level. You will be covered with the top sheet and blanket at all times except for the area being massaged.
When should I speak up if I’m uncomfortable during my massage session?
Right away! If at any point during your massage session you are uncomfortable for any reason you should let your massage therapist know immediately. This includes things like your massage therapist using too much or too little pressure, feeling pain or discomfort in a position you’ve been moved into, or feeling uncomfortable with a certain area of your body being worked on that day.
Am I supposed to tip my massage therapist?
This depends on why you are receiving massage therapy. If you have been injured in an auto accident or another type of incident where insurance is covering 100% of the cost of your sessions, then you should not tip your massage therapist. For any sessions not being 100% covered by insurance it is customary to tip.
Why am I told to drink extra water after my massage?
It is important to drink extra water for the next couple days after a massage so you avoid feeling ill; 2-3 small glasses above your normal daily water intake should do the trick. The 2 most common negative effects of being dehydrated after a massage session are headaches and nausea. It used to be thought that massage released toxins from your muscles and the extra water was needed to flush those out of your body, but that has been proven to not be true. It’s not scientifically known why your body needs extra water post-massage, but it is best practice to hydrate yourself well in the days after your massage sessions.