Your First Massage
If you have never had a massage before, you are in for a treat. Whether you are on the table for medical reasons or just to relieve stress, massage can have an amazing curative effect. Massage eases muscle pain and tension; improves circulation, respiration and digestion; increases flexibility; and reduces mental and physical fatigue. Stress just melts away.
To begin your first session the therapist will ask your reasons for receiving massage and about any preferences you may have. You will be asked to complete a comprehensive health history to highlight conditions that may be helped by massage and any that may limit or modify the massage. After answering any other questions you may have, the therapist will leave you to undress as you wish, get on the massage table, and cover up with the drape.
The therapist will return when summoned. The lighting will be subdued and you will have a choice of relaxing music. A massage usually begins with a contact hold at the feet, head or shoulders, depending on the work to be done, followed by flowing strokes to calm the nervous system and release tension in the superficial muscles. Deeper work on specific muscles follows as needed, including range of motion movement and stretching. The therapist will undrape and redrape each area as the massage progresses.
From time to time the therapist will ask, and you may comment anytime, about the pressure or other aspects of your experience. This is your massage - it should be to your complete satisfaction. You may become so relaxed that you fall asleep - that's OK. The benefits are the same awake or asleep. To finish the therapist will use light, rhythmic strokes and then let you rest for several minutes.
You will be offered a bottle of water and left alone to dress. Again, the therapist will return when summoned. Before you leave, the therapist will be sure you are alert enough to drive safely. You will feel wonderful.
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by Bruce A. Hopkins