On your first visit
You should expect to spend a couple minutes filling out a confidential client information sheet for us and talking with your therapist. The info sheet includes a brief medical history and contact information. This is because we need to know whether there are any contraindications for your massage, why you came to get a massage, and also to find out what your expectations are before you receive a massage. It’s always intimidating going somewhere new for a massage, and we strive to make it the most comfortable experience possible.
Your therapist will show you the therapy room, ask if you have any more questions, and leave the room for you to undress. Only undress to to the point that you’re comfortable– we can work with pretty much anything, but bear in mind that leaving clothing on (such as a bra or long shorts) will limit what can be done during your session. Then lie down on the table under the sheet and blanket. The only part of your body that will be undraped is the part that is being worked on. Also, please remove all jewelry that may interfere with your massage prior to your arrival.
During the massage, your therapist may uncover ticklish or tender areas you never knew existed! If at any time your massage doesn’t feel positive, let your therapist know! After your session, take as much time as you need to bring yourself back from a relaxed state of mind. You therapist will be waiting for you outside in the reception area with a bottle of water for you. Please drink the water! The cellular debris that was released during your massage shouldn’t stay in your body, and the best way to get rid of it is to drink a little water than you normally would.
Oxygen is vital to all carbon-based organisms, and oxygen is delivered throughout your body by your blood. Pumped by your heart, your blood circulates oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, where they are converted into energy. A by-product of this energy conversion process is lactic acid, which is filtered out with other metabolic wastes and carried away by your lymph system. It’s a miraculous ‘sanitary system’ of the body that is in charge of your immunity, and protecting you from disease. When your activity becomes strenuous, this filtration and cleansing loses its efficiency. Similar problems occurs with too little activity, like when you’ve been at your desk too long and find your mind slower, irritation higher, and tension grabbing at your neck and shoulders. In both cases, lactic acid accumulates: your muscles become cramped and sluggish, blood and lymph flow decrease, and fatigue sets in.
You may ask: Doesn’t resting take care of this?
Eventually, yes. Rest is your body’s natural means of recuperation. In the active, demanding pace of life today, there is rarely enough time for enough rest. The result is that the damaging effects of accumulated metabolic wastes are compounded day after day, affecting not only the way you feel and function right now, but also your future well being.
Massage can make a vital difference: it speeds up the recuperation process dramatically, reducing recovery time, rejuvenating your blood and lymph systems, and helping to keep you healthy.