Your First Massage?

Many people aren’t sure what to expect when they schedule their first massage. Although, no two massage are exactly the same there are some things that are typical to each session. When you arrive you will be asked to fill out a client in-take form which will include some general information along with medications you may be taking and what you would like to get out of your session. After I review the form you will be escorted back to the massage room. At this point we will discuss a treatment plan. You can expect the room to be dimly lit and quiet music playing. I will then excuse myself while you get undressed to your level of comfort. You will get on the table, either face up or down, under the sheet provided.

A typical full body massage includes your back, arms, legs, feet, hands and neck. You may request that I spend additional or less time in certain areas. All areas of your body will remain covered at all times except for the area in which I am working. Oils and lotions will be used so be sure to tell me if you have any preferences or sensitivities. During the massage, please be sure to communicate with me about the pressure that is applied. It is always good to let me know if you would like more or less pressure-the massage is all about you! After your massage you will be offered a glass of water to help flush out toxins and we will book your next session if you wish.

The benefits of massage are innumerable and undeniable. Whether you are seeking a massage for pampering, rejuvenation, or for therapeutic reasons, massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. Experts estimate that upwards of 90 percent of disease is stress related. While eliminating stress in this high-paced world may be unrealistic, massage, without a doubt, can help to manage stress.

This translates into:

  • Decreases anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced fatigue

In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching and anxiety
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

Other benefits range from alleviating lower-back pain, easing medication dependency, increasing joint flexibility, lessening depression and anxiety, reducing spasms and cramping, it release endorphins and many other health benefits.