What should I expect during my first massage session?
If this is your first session, you will be required to fill out a health history form. After your form is reviewed your therapist will ask a few general questions to assess what areas need worked on and what type of massage is appropriate for you. In subsequent visits, should any information on your health history form change (i.e. pregnancy) please inform your therapist before the start of that session.
Once the intake is completed the therapist will give you some privacy to get undressed and get on the massage table. Draping, usually a sheet but can also be a towel for certain body work, will be provided for you to cover yourself.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
In a word, “No.” You should undress to your comfort level. Any clothing left on serves as a border to your privacy. Your therapist will do their best to work around any clothes left on. However, the more clothing worn means that certain areas may receive minimal work or not be massaged at all. Most clients either wear their panties, boxers or nothing. Boxers and panties that come over the bottom of the buttocks usually prevent work from being done on your upper hip and hamstrings.
Will I be covered during the massage?
Other than your head, the only part of your body that should be exposed during the massage is the part the therapist is working on. Even when turning over, your body should still be covered. Any therapist who works with an undressed and fully exposed client is not acting in a professional manner. Draping is provided for yours and your therapist’s modesty. In addition it will help to maintain body heat that is lost during your massage
Can I talk during a massage?
As the client, you control the massage. You can decide if you want to talk or not to talk. Many clients talk during the initial stages of massage. It can help them to release the frustration of the day and relax or feel more comfortable with a stranger touching their bodies, but as the massage progresses they tend to slip into a relaxation state and occasionally even fall asleep.
As the client you should also not be afraid to speak up if anything makes you uncomfortable, too cold or hot, or if you prefer a deeper or lighter pressure.
Is it common to fall asleep?
This is very common and nothing that you should be embarrassed about. Most therapists find it a huge complement if you fall asleep. It means that you have reached a state in which you are relaxed and comfortable with them as a therapist
Is there anything I should do after my massage?
Drink plenty of water to wash the toxins, which have been loosened during your massage, out of your body. A hot shower, soak in a bath, or dip in a whirlpool can help to reduce the minor pain that can accompany a deep tissue massage.
How often should I get a massage?
Massage works great as preventive care measure. A regular massage is a great way to cope with stress and to prevent physical and emotional pain from crippling your everyday life.
What if I don’t see a time available that works for me?
Please contact us via email or by calling (479) 394-7979 or 7111. Our start and stop times are just general guide lines. Sometimes we may be able to start earlier or end later.