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What to Expect from Your Massage Session

Here's what will happen before, during and after your massage

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Preliminary

• The massage therapist will ask you questions to determine your overall health and your desired results.

• This information helps the therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Privacy

• Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort. The therapist will leave the room while you undress.

• You will lie on a padded massage table that may have a face cradle. A sheet or towel covers your body, except for the part being massaged.

• If you’re getting a chair massage, you will not be asked to remove clothing. You sit in a specially designed chair that supports the front of the body and allows you lean forward.

Environment

• Music might be played during the session. If you prefer not to have music or talking, tell your therapist.

• Your therapist should check about pressure and comfort throughout the session.

The Massage

• The therapist may use oil or lotion, which helps perform the strokes. If you’re allergic to oils or lotions, tell your therapist in advance.

• If you’re receiving a hot stone massage, make sure you’re comfortable with the temperature of the stones.

• Depending on your needs, your therapist will massage either the full body (except for private areas) or only specific areas.

• Table massages usually last between 30 and 60 minutes.

• After your massage, slowly get up and get dressed in private. Your therapist may offer you water after you’re dressed.

• Depending on your environment, tips are appreciated but not required.

Source: American Massage Therapy Association

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