You will be in a tranquil, comfortable, private room. Soothing music will be played to help you relax and tune out the world outside.. You will lie on a table especially designed for massage with clean sheets and a light blanket. The temperature will be set according to seasons for your comfort.
Most massage and bodywork techniques are typically performed with the client unclothed; however, if you are more comfortable you may leave undergarments on. You will be properly covered by a sheet during the entire session, only revealing one area at a time. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, and return after you have laid down on the table and covered yourself with a sheet. When your massage is over the practitioner will leave the room again while you get dressed.
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Abdominal massage can be performed by request.
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will relax muscular tension and calm your nerves. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased and friction will be applied to areas of tightness. Other techniques include compressions, stretching, and gentle rocking.
Most people feel very relaxed and sometimes groggy after. It is not recommended to engage in strenuous activity immediately after your massage. People often experience increased energy and greater productivity after the initial period of relaxation wears off. In some cases if deep tissue techniques were performed it is common to sometimes feel sore after the massage. Ice packs can be applied in increments of 10 minutes to reduce any pain or inflammation that may have been caused by the massage. It is important to drink plenty of water after a massage session to flush out any toxins that may have been released, this will also reduce soreness. It is extremely important to avoid drinking alcohol after receiving any type of bodywork!
If you are under a doctor’s care, depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required. There are many conditions that may be worsened by massage, and it could cause harm. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are sick with a cold or flu virus please stay home and get well before coming in for a massage!