Welcome. You must be here because you want some information about what to expect from a massage. Maybe a friend told you to book one, maybe a health care professional recommended it. However you got here, you should know I’m happy about it.
I love first time massage clients, you know why? They are about to learn that their whole life they have been missing out on this amazing experience.
No, I’m not going to fix you. I will teach you why you are feeling pain, or tension. I will teach you what you need to do differently and I’m told… I make people feel so much better.
So here you are, not sure what to expect, a little nervous? This is what all massage therapists really want you to know.
I am not a masseuse, and massage parlour is a rather outdated term as well. I have spent a small fortune on my education and jokes about “happy endings” are really distasteful. I understand you are nervous and you feel the need to make conversation but please know: I am a medical professional.
Please be on time. In fact, please come early. A few moments to relax before your appointment will greatly help the process. This is especially important for your first appointment with me, we will require more time to interview and assess your body.
I really want to work on you for the entire scheduled time. I often have another client coming in right after you, so it is unlikely that I can work on you past the scheduled appointment time.
The initial interview and assessment is very important. It will make me far more effective in reaching your treatment goals, likely future appointments will have less interview and more hands on time.
Your therapist will tell you to “disrobe to your comfort level”, what this actually means is… As your therapist I can be more efficient if I don’t have additional layers of clothing to manage; however if you are uncomfortable being naked under a sheet then you by all means keep your underwear on.
Even if you are comfortable with nudity, I don’t want to see it. I am trained on how to properly drape clients to protect your modesty, even if you don’t have any. Its not weird, its part of my professional training.
You have no obligation to talk to us during a massage. If talking helps you relax, by all means go ahead. Otherwise, go to your happy place.
I don’t care about the stubble on your legs. This has to be one of the most common comments from my patients. Unless a leg is shaved within a few hours of your massage, it has stubble on it.
Your butt is not a butt when you come for a massage. It is not cute, big, small, or sexy. It’s a big muscle, and I like muscles. If you have problems in your lower back, chances are that your gluteal muscles are involved with that as well. We can work your glutes with a sheet covering if that makes you more comfortable, but it seems kind of silly not to work on some of the biggest muscles in the body.
I have had extensive training in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology (the study of muscles and movement), pathology, and ethics. If we forget that you may not know all the same terminology we have learned, please ask.
I need to know about your medical history, that includes if you take an Advil, anti depressant, smoke pot, broke a collar bone at age 5, drink water, don’t drink water…all of it. It’s private information and I don’t judge.
Please, please, please… tell me if you want more or less pressure. We are happy to oblige, and won’t take offence. In fact, I love it if you tell us what you like and don’t like as we go along.
Yes, we put clean sheets on the table for every client.
During your massage treatment, my job is to assess, treat and educate. Your job is to relax. I love the tranquil look people get after their massage; it means your body is in a healing cycle (more on that later).
If you are unhappy, please tell me or if not me, my supervisor. Sometimes a client doesn’t return and we have no idea if we did something wrong or if you are just busy.
Do your stretches and your exercises, and your hydrotherapy, and your home care. When my patients comment on how amazing they feel since starting a regular massage routine, I always ask if they are doing the home care. If you are getting better, it is probably not from massage alone.
If you are happy with what we do, tell your friends. We love referrals.
Finally, enjoy your massage!