What you can expect

    

YOUR FIRST MASSAGE         

 

  • ~It is best not to eat for one hour before your massage session.  The process of digestion diverts circulation and energy away from the massage.

  • ~A brief health history will be taken so the therapist can accurately determine indications or contraindications for the work.

  • ~Try to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible.  For most massage sessions, you will be asked to disrobe down to your level of comfort.  You will do this while the therapist is absent from the room.  You will then slide in between the two sheets on the massage table.  When the therapist returns, the sheets covering you will remain on you and only the part of the body that is being worked on will be uncovered.  This is not optional.

  • ~A professional massage is intended to make the client relaxed, and while it may feel pleasurable, it is not intended to be a sexual experience. Sensual, yes, because a massage does engage the senses.

  • ~Whether you talk or not during the massage is entirely your choice.  Keeping talking to a minimum can help you focus your full awareness on the massage experience.

  • ~Be aware of your body.  If something feels uncomfortable or painful, please inform the therapist.

  • ~After the massage, take a few minutes to revel in the peace and calm of its afterglow.  Move slowly at first as this will help you get your bearings.

  • ~Drink plenty of water after your massage to facilitate your body’s release of harmful toxins.

  • ~Most important – enjoy yourself.  Massage should be one of the most relaxing experiences you could ever enjoy.

 

Patricia Standfield, LMT

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NCBTMB/AMTA