HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR MASSAGE
- Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.
- Don’t eat just before a massage session. Let your body digest your meal first.
- Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.
- Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. If you want your low back and hips worked, be aware the undergarments could interfere with the process. Your student massage therapist will provide treatment for your level of comfort.
Privacy – The therapist will either leave the room or otherwise provide privacy while you undress. A sheet or towel is provided for draping during the massage and the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being massaged, ensuring that modesty is respected at all times. After the massage is finished, you will be provided with privacy while dressing.
- Communicate with your massage therapist
- Before the session, give accurate health information and let the massage therapist know your expectations and reasons for the massage.
- Allergies to oils or lotions– The therapist will use lubricant to reduce friction on your skin. If you are allergic to any oils or lotions, tell your student massage therapist, who can choose a substitute.
- Music will be provided during your session. The student massage therapist cannot change the music but can control the volume from the treatment room.
- Some people like to talk during a massage, while others remain silent. You do not have to talk during your massage session. Remember this is your massage session!
- During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.
- Give feedback to the student massage therapist during the massage on the amount of pressure, speed of hand movement, etc. If anything happens that you dislike or seems improper, you have the right to ask the student massage therapist to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.
- Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It’s important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. Your student massage therapist is working toward becoming a professional dedicated their very best to help you feel at ease.
- Remember to breathe normally. Breathing helps facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged.