What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
What do I wear during the massage?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Is draping required?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
When should I NOT get a massage?
A severe cold, flu, or acute infectious disease. A massage during these times may overload your system with toxins and make you feel worse.
A high fever
Acute injury immediately after an accident which resulted in whiplash, sprains, and soft tissue damage. Massage at a later time will be more effective.
Acute conditions – things that are “flared up” temporarily like inflamed arthritis, phlebitis, psoriasis, or eczema
Alcohol or drug intoxication – massage is just not healthy when you’re intoxicated or heavily drugged.
Get a lighter massage when you have:
High blood pressure that hasn’t been controlled by medication
Diabetes – deeper massage may cause a hypoglycemic reaction
A very frail, elderly constitution
Will the massage hurt?
Everyone’s threshold of pain is different. Some people want lighter work to help them relax. Others prefer deeper work regardless of the soreness. Deep massage on tight, chronically contracted muscles may feel good and bad at the same time. If you feel a sharp pain during massage, you should let your therapist know because this may infer inflammation or nerve damage which is contraindicated for massage. Be sure to make your pressure preference known to your therapist and don’t hesitate to give feedback if you would like the pressure and depth of stroke adjusted.