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What to Expect
As a new client, there are lots of questions about what to expect during your first massage session. Here are some most commonly asked questions, but as always I am here to answer any questions you may have.
Who Will Perform My Massage or Bodywork?
Your session will be conducted by a professional who has received proper training, in a variety of techniques. Most massage and bodywork practitioners are required to be licensed by the state and are nationally certified.
Will I Be Covered During The Session?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What Parts Of My Body Will Be Massaged?
You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full-
What Will the Massage Or Bodywork Feel Like?
It depends on the techniques used. In a Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate with your practitioner immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Although no two massages are exactly alike, you may request a certain technique or modality. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
What Should I Do During The Massage Or Bodywork Session?
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.