Wednesday, February 23, 2011
ASK THE MASSAGE EXPERT: FIRST TIME MASSAGE INFORMATION
1.) What time should I arrive for my appointment?
Being on time is important! Arrive about 10 minutes prior to your appointment. This will give you time to use the rest room and to change into a robe and slippers (if they are provided).Should you arrive late, your treatment will end as scheduled as a courtesy to our other guest and to the therapist. If there is a front desk receptionist, be sure to “check in” so that they can tell your therapist that you have arrived.
2.) When will I meet my massage therapist?
At the time of your appointment, the massage therapist will come and get you and call you by name. They will introduce themselves. “My name is Kathleen and I am your massage therapist.” Expect to shake hands. At this point, the therapist will bring you into a treatment room.
3.) Once I get into the massage room, does the massage “just start”?
Most of the time, your massage therapist wants to get to know you. Plan on about a 5-10 minute consultation in regards your health. You may even have a health information form to fill out and a signed release “to treat” agreement.
4.) What types of question will they ask me?
Questions such as: Have you ever had a massage? If so, when was your last massage?
Do you have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems or could you be pregnant?
Do you have any allergies? Have you had a recent accident, injury, illness or surgery?
5.) It seems like they ask a lot of personal health questions, why is that?
With massage therapy being one of the most hands on professions in health care, massage therapists need to make sure that each person they treat will receive they best care possible. And the best way this can be done is to ask many questions about your health.
6.) So I am about ready to have my massage, now what?
At this point, the massage therapist will explain that they will be leaving the room for a moment or two so “that you will have time to undress down to your comfort.” Meaning, “your may leave on your undershorts or take them off”. They will also tell you to either get on the massage table by being face up or face down in the face cradle. Once you are undressed, you will get on the massage table between the two sheets. After a moment or two, the therapist will knock on the door and come back into the room and then your massage will begin.
7.) I just found out I am pregnant, can I make an appointment for a pregnancy massage?