What to Expect

A typical massage therapy session is between 40 and 90 minutes (15 to 20 minutes for chair massage). Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle considerations.

Step 1: Pre-Session: Consultation

During your first exam, I will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.

Typical consultation intake form should include at the minimum:

  • A Medical History and Questionnaire – the medical questions should cover physical contraindications to massage include infectious diseases, blood clotting issues or recent surgeries and injuries.
  • Client Personal Information – Name, address, phone number and email if available are all tools I can use to keep in touch.
  • Bodywork Session Goals – This is important for me to cover, as it will help design a bodywork session to cover your desires, give both of us a starting place for dialog, and help you explain what areas of the body are of greatest concern. We will review your expectations during the massage

Step 2: During Session: Prepare for massage

After your consultation, I will then instruct you on which position you will start your massage, either lying face up or face down on a comfortable massage table dressed with clean sheets. A coat and purse hook for your personal belongings and a chair are also provided for your use. I will leave the room and wait outside while you disrobe to your level of comfort. The massage etiquette varies for patients. Some patients prefer to completely disrobe, while some will remain partially clothed. Either option is fine. Once disrobed, you will lie on the massage table, under the top sheet. I will give you a few minutes for this process and will knock on the door to ask if you are ready before entering your room. When I come back in, I will adjust the face rest and pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned for the session. Please tell me at any time, if you are too warm or cold.

You will always be draped with the top sheet during your massage session and an additional blanket is available at your request. The etiquette I will follow is to only uncover the part of the body I am working on, ensuring that your personal space is respected at all times. I will use a light oil, cream or lotion on the skin and begin the massage. Areas massaged will be dependent on the course of treatment.

You should expect a peaceful and comfortable environment during your massage. The massage table is padded and a blanket is placed beneath the sheet, which you can have adjusted to your preference. There will be relaxing music playing, unless you request otherwise, and the room should be quiet, with no outside distractions.
After the massage, I will leave the room so you can get changed.

Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy due to the massage lowering blood pressure.

Drink extra water after a massage to help flush out the toxins released during the massage.

Allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session if possible. Sometimes one needs a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the massage session or may need some “re-entry” time.

Step 3 Post session: Next Steps and Treatment Plan

The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative. I will make my recommendations for your treatment plan to meet your health and wellness goals for the future sessions. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.  We will then schedule the next appointment.