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What Can I Expect From My First Massage or Therapy Visit?

Before a Massage or a Holistic Treatment



So you have chosen to book a relaxing massage or holistic treatment or service. This is the first step to looking after you and improving wellness and wellbeing in body and mind. 


First of all, make sure it is a good time for you to have a massage, facial or any other holistic therapy treatment. Reschedule your visit if have a cold or a fever, skin irritations (such as poison ivy or sunburn), or if you are trying to stabilize your medication (because massage can affect the dosage needed). 


Make sure that you have enough time free for yourself before the massage and enough time free after the massage to do nothing afterwards. As having this free time will allow you to benefit more from the natural benefits from the massage. Instead of coming straight from work or picking up the kids. This can cause you more stress, if there is traffic, mishaps at work or at the school gate or any late appointments or meetings that often run over.


Try a time when you have nothing to do, such a day off or a morning appointment when the

kids have gone off to school, you have done your jobs, shopping etc… and you just have lunch to make when you get back home after your massage or therapy and have some quality time for yourself for either some self refection and some sleep if needed.


So think about the day and time that would work really well for you in the long term, think about the reason why you are coming for the massage, is it to relax more?


In the days before your massage, drink plenty of water. This will allow your body to be well hydrated before your massage and you will feel so much better, your muscles will feel better and more relaxed and less stiff, so that you can really enjoy the pleasure of a wonderful relaxing massage and experience much better results in your long term results.


Do not eat just before your massage. Ideally eat a light meal at least 2 hours before your scheduled appointment to allow your body to have enough time to digest the food well enough before your massage. As the massage will detoxify your body, so you don’t want it to interfere with your body’s natural digesting process after a meal, by having a massage just after having that mean, it will be incredibly uncomfortable and may make cause you to become sick if otherwise.


Give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed at least 5-10 minutes before your scheduled time for the appointment that was made. If you are rushing and arrive stressed, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.


And come in loose comfortable clothing that you can wear after your treatment and avoid wearing lots of jewellery as these will need to be removed before your treatment, so best to leave your jewellery at home. Same goes for make-up before a facial, ideally if you can come without full make-up on before a facial would be recommended.


Health History




Generally, first appointments begin with a consultation process, starting with a health history. The health history may be mailed out to you so you can complete it beforehand. If not, arrive early for your first visit to fill it out at least 10-15 minutes. Generally, a health history will ask about:


  • Medical conditions

  • Areas of concern

  • Health and wellbeing questions

  • Your lifestyle

  • Contact information


You will also likely be asked to sign forms that explain your right to privacy such as HIPAA Consent and Disclosure.




The massage therapist will review your health history and ask questions. Because massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, be honest with the massage therapist about your health. 


You should also let the therapist know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines you are taking, because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. 


Knowing your history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.


The massage therapist will ask you questions to better design a session that meets your needs and goals within the time allotted. 


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 or other draping on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering.



During the massage and treatment




Generally, you will lie on a massage table, covered by a sheet or large towel. Make sure you are comfortable and let the therapist know if you are not. Tell the therapist if you are cold, want to be covered, don't want an area of your body touched, don't like the music, or are experiencing discomfort with the technique or how it is being applied. 


Remember, you are in charge, and can ask for changes or stop the session at any time.




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, but be sure to tell your therapist if you would prefer a different type of music or if you would like it quieter. 



How to get the most from your massage



  • Be as open to the process as you can

  • Relax and try to let your thoughts go. Let go of the daily thoughts and to do lists in your mind as well as your expectations and any distractions that there maybe. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels and to focus on your breathe and with every out breathe allow the thought o