What To Expect During a Massage Session

Where Will My Massage Session Take Place? Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room or a cooler room depending on the outside temperature. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Who Will Perform the Massage? Your session is conducted by a trained professional who has received proper training, often in a variety of techniques and is licensed locally. Although no two massages are exactly alike, you may request a certain technique, service or modality.

Must I be completely undressed? Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed but if you like you may leave on underwear.

Will the Practitioner be present when I disrobe? No, I will leave the private room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a sheet.

Will I be covered during the session? Yes, you will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged? You and I will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

Will lubricant be used? A light oil and lotion will be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin.

What Will the Massage Feel Like? It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes which will help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage are most effective when your body is not resisting.

How Long Will the Session Last? The average full-body massage session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet and usually are performed only during lunch breaks. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.

What Should I Do During the Massage Session? Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

How Will I Feel After the Massage Session? Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. You may feel pain afterwards if deep tissue is performed on your body--but the pain will pass quickly.

What Are the Benefits of Massage? Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Inadvisable? Yes, for physical manipulation modalities, but for energy work there are no conditions that are untreatable. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session.

Who are Massage Therapists? Massage therapists are licensed health professionals who apply a variety of scientifically developed massage techniques to the soft tissue of the body to improve muscle tone and circulation. Massage therapists work to enhance well-being, reduce the physical and mental effects of stress and tension, prevent disease, and restore health.

What techniques do massage therapists use? Massage therapists use many different massage techniques and methods. These include the following, among others: Swedish medical massage, Shiatsu, Connective Tissue Massage, Amma, Neuromuscular Massage, Tuina, Reflexology, Acupressure, Polarity Therapy

What credentials do New York Licensed Massage Therapists have? New York Licensed Massage Therapists have completed a massage training program, including the following: Courses in anatomy, physiology, neurology, myology (study of muscles and their function), pathology, hygiene, first aid, CPR, and infection control procedures course work, training and practice in the theory and techniques of both oriental and western massage. In addition, New York massage therapists have passed a State licensing examination.

Where do Massage Therapists work? You will find massage therapists in private practice, group practice, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, sporting events like the Olympics, health spas, resorts, and in corporate offices.

How can I identify a massage therapist - is everyone who practices massage therapy called a massage therapist? Massage therapists may identify their practice by the name of the technique, such as Shiatsu or Swedish Medical Massage. They may use general titles as well, such as massage therapy (a term used by those who use oriental massage techniques).