Updated: Feb 14, 2019
Most people receive massages in a place that is designated for massage, but not you! You have chosen Walker Hands Massage. Most commonly, our clients visit our location, but we also have on site and corporate chair massage. Whatever your preference is...go with that. This particular describes a visit to the location. The experience may be different in other environments.
First of all, make sure it is a good time for you to have a massage. Reschedule your visit if have a fever, skin irritations, or if you are trying to stabilize your medication. Make sure that you are well hydrated. DON'T eat just before your massage. Give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed. If you are rushing and arrive stressed, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.
Your first appointment begins with an intake process, starting with a health history. According to Texas Department of Licensing, every time that you switch the type of massage that you receive, there needs to be a new intake form recorded in your file. If you're not one to waste any time, the health history may be emailed to you so you can complete it beforehand.
The massage therapist will review your health history and ask questions. Be honest with the massage therapist about your health...including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, or botanical medicines you are taking, because of the effect that massage can have. This will allow a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.
If this is not your first massage, you may have developed preferences across the course of time that you have been receiving massages. If so, let the therapist know what areas of your body you would like worked on, if there are any areas to avoid, and if you have any techniques that you would like to use or avoid. If you are concerned about undressing, discuss it with the therapist, who should be able to offer you some options. Don't be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. All information you give is confidential.
The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level.
When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet.
A professional massage therapist will never expose genitals or breasts, or any other areas you identify. Only the area the therapist is working on will be exposed.
The therapist may play music. However, if you would prefer a different type of music or if you would like quiet, just say so.
Maximizing your massage
Be as open to the process as you can. Relax and try let your thoughts go. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it. Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Tightening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you can't seem to relax your muscles, let your massage therapist know. They may need to adjust the massage technique.
After the massage, the therapist will leave. At this time, you can dress in private. No need to rush....take your time. Wait a few minutes on the table as needed to ground yourself. Do not forget to drink some water to help the body flush waste products.
If possible, allow some quiet time after the massage and don't go back to work or other responsibilities immediately.
How you feel after the massage will vary based on the style of massage used, the length of the session, and the demands you place on your body afterward. A therapeutic massage may leave the body free from tightness and pain, but may replace it with a mild soreness from the pressure applied. After this type of massage, you may want to rest the area before jumping back into the activity that produced the soreness.
The benefits of massage tend to be cumulative, so typically, you will feel better as you get additional massages.
Remember, we got you covered at Walker Hands Massage!