DO I HAVE TO GET TOTALLY UNDRESSED?
You can undress to your level of comfort. Therapists should be able to handle your requests and adhere to your comfort. Some therapist may have a requirement such as wearing shorts or sports bras if they are doing postural assessments, but they will let you know ahead of time about what to expect. You can also ask what is expected of you before going in for a session.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A MASSAGE?
It really depends on many various factors. your health, your needs, and your goals. Getting a massage as often as you can afford is great for your overall health and wellness.
WHAT SHOULD I ASK WHEN LOOKING FOR A MASSAGE THERAPIST?
What kind of massage modalities do you offer?
What are your rates?
How long is each session?
Do you have experience with _________ (my condition, injury)
HOW DO I KNOW I AM GOING TO A REPUTABLE MASSAGE THERAPIST?
Massage therapists in 43 states and territories require licensing. You can also ask for credentials for continuing education credits for massage modalities.
WHAT SHOULD YOU TELL YOUR MASSAGE THERAPIST?
Tell them what you need! Be specific! You can ask for different music, more or less heat, more or less pressure. You can tell them exactly what you want worked on or what you don’t want to be touched. If you are finding they aren’t doing what you need, you can ask them to focus on whatever it is you need. Keep your therapist informed of all health-related conditions whether or not you think they have anything to do with the massage or not.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A MASSAGE?
Your therapist will give you specific instructions but in general drink a lot of water! Some recommend taking a bath in Epsom salt and baking soda or other mineral baths to further enhance the relaxation process.
WHAT WILL I FEEL LIKE THE NEXT DAY?
Sometimes you may feel like you are getting the flu or cold. Some soreness may be felt in areas that were especially tight.
WHAT IF I AM EXPERIENCING SOMETHING UNUSUAL THE DAY AFTER THE MASSAGE?
Please call your therapist! Remember, your body will adjust to changes from your massage so some discomforts may be normal.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE GOTTEN A GREAT MASSAGE?
Your body will tell you so