Friday, January 6, 2017

What to Expect During a Massage

What to expect during a massage

Interested in getting a massage? 
Curious about the nuts and bolts of what actually happens when you walk in the door?
Let me explain how I go about a typical massage session.
My office is located inside a yoga/movement center that can be buzzing with energy or quiet and empty. Since we don’t have a full time receptionist, I make sure the front door is unlocked 10 minutes before your appointment. When you arrive at the office, I’ll have a brief intake form for you to complete. We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax? Do you need to feel pampered?
I’ll walk you through the massage process and confirm we are both in agreement of the goals for that session. I’ll leave the room so you may undress, get on the massage table, and get comfortable under the draping sheet & blanket. I will check in when I am back in the room and adjust the head rest/temperature/music as needed.

Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear is entirely up to you. Simply put: bottom undergarment can be left on or taken off. You will be properly draped throughout the massage.

Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, I may start the massage with you laying on your front and massage the back first, or on your front and start with your neck and shoulders. I use a light, unscented massage cream to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.
During the massage
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work! This takes practice. If we are working more on stretching and specific release, I may talk you through your breathing or incorporate you moving a body part to facilitate a release.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury. I use the 0-10 pain scale. A zero ranking is no pain and a ten ranking is the worst pain. For deeper work or more specific work, it is best to stay at or below a 7 on your pain scale.
I will check in to make sure we stay within the boundaries of your body. Please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music!
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please call me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.
I hope you enjoy your massage! You can schedule online here anytime. 

Erin Detka, CMT
Owner, Counterbalance Bodywork

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