Will the therapist be present when I undress?
The therapist will leave the room whilst you're undressing. Lay down on on the table, cover yourself with towel provided and relax.
How much do I have to undress?
There are various levels in which you may need to undress for the massage that has been tailored to your specific needs. You may need to be fully undressed, down to your underwear, some garments left on or clothed. *Please note that oil may stain or discolour undergarments.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be covered at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. The only area undraped will be the area the therapist is working on.
What if I don't feel comfortable being undressed?
You can discuss with the therapist if you are uncomfortable or unable to undress to their asking. There are many techniques that can be used to relax and alleviate pain clothed.
What do I do during a massage session?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Does it hurt?
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range.
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.
How often should I get a massage?
If you're gettig a massage to relax and unwind, it's up to you to decide how often you'd come in. However if you're receiving treatment for injury or pain, it is recommended that you attend at regular intervals (weekly or fortnightly) to correct the issue and then sessions thereafter to maintain your pain free status.
How will I feel after my session?
After the session, you may feel light headed or 'drained'. Take a moment and only get up and dress once that feeling has passed. It is important to stay hydrated after your treatment to continue moving that metabolic waste out of your system. If you have a particularly deep massage you may experience mild muscle pain the day after - but this should diminish after 12-24 hours.
When should I not get a massage?
There are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection.
There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns).
With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn't mean you can't get massage. But its always better to be on the side of caution.
Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.