What To Expect
Upon your arrival for your first appointment, you will fill out a survey that will help me understand your purpose for coming and how I can best meet your expectations. At this time, we will make note of your medical history, any past or present injuries that you may have and other physical conditions that may need attention. I will also ask if you are on any medication, if you are under a doctor’s care and inquire about your lifestyle in order to identify any issues that you are currently having–such as how you manage stress, diet and exercise. You will also have the opportunity to identify any pain you are experiencing and to what degree, and for how long you’ve been experiencing the pain. It is recommended that you allow a few extra minutes for your first visit so that I can obtain your history, explain my work and set a goal with you for your treatment. In my experience if a person’s history and lifestyle are known, there will be a greater benefit from their treatment. Subsequent visits will be shorter as we have taken the time to develop a therapeutic relationship in that first appointment. There is no additional charge for this in-depth discussion on how my skills can best meet your needs!
Next, we will enter the treatment room with a treatment table featuring a warmer adjusted to your preference with crisp, clean sheets, soft lighting and relaxing music. There will be a place to put your personal belongings and you will be able to privately disrobe to your comfort level. You will then lie on top of the table and cover with the top sheet. You will be draped with the top sheet except those areas being treated so that your modesty will be respected during the entire treatment.
During your treatment we will have already set a goal for what you would like to accomplish with your time and we will work toward that goal. You are always welcome to ask any questions you may have during your session and let me know if any technique being used is uncomfortable or if the temperature of the room or table needs to be adjusted. Your feedback is always welcome during your treatment.
At the end of your session I will bring you a glass of water and then leave the room and allow you to privately dress. When you come out of the treatment room you can offer feedback as to how you are feeling and if your expectation has been met. I will also offer my recommendations such as exercises or techniques that you can do at home to continue your healing and any other recommendations or referrals that I may have for your continued well being. We can also at that time schedule your next appointment.
Answers to common questions
Do people experience emotions on the treatment table?
Since the mind and body are connected, it is not uncommon for people to experience emotional responses when some areas of the body are treated. The body can react by crying, shivering or even laughter. If this occurs, it is okay to talk about how you are feeling and based upon how you are doing adjustments to technique, lighting or music can be made as well as creating space for processing emotions that my have a physical component.
Is it okay to talk during the treatment?
It is okay to talk but you may get more benefit if you relax into the techniques being performed, feeling into your body and advising the therapist if you are not comfortable. If your treatment goal is rehabilitation based, communication regarding pain levels and measuring relief may be addressed.
What if I am embarrassed about my body image?
Remember that massage therapists are sensitive to these types of client issues with touch and are non-judgmental about body weight, scars, disabilities medical conditions or history of trauma.
Can I go back to work or to the gym after a massage?
Everyone is different and each treatment is different, so it can vary from person to person and from one treatment to the next. If you do plan to go to back to work, allow your body enough time to readjust. We can discuss this at your appointment.
Should I tip the massage therapist?
Tipping is not expected, but is appreciated, which leaves the decision up to you. In some environments it is generally considered proper protocol to tip the massage therapist, just as you would tip a hairdresser.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Jeannie A. Smith