During the first visit, plan to arrive about 10 mins early to fill out a Health Intake Form. The massage therapist will discuss the form with you and ask you the purpose of your visit so that he or she knows what to focus on and if massage is appropriate for you. Be sure to disclose all the appropriate health concerns and medications so that the massage therapist is fully aware of any issues to prevent any harm.
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a clean, comfortable, quiet room at ACE Massage. Clients will lie on a heated table especially designed for their comfort. Music will be played to help clients relax.
It is customary for clients to be completely undressed, but it is entirely up to the clients based on their comfort level. Clients will be properly draped during the entire session.
After the consultation, the massage therapist will leave the room to wash his or her hands. During this time, the client will undress, relax onto the table, and cover themselves with the sheet and blanket on the massage table.
Clients will be properly covered at all times for warmth, comfort and privacy. The massage therapist will only undrape the area of the body that he or she is working on.
A typical full-body session will include work on your neck, shoulders, head, back, arms, legs, feet, and hands.
Massage typically begins with slow, broad, flowing strokes that are used to calm the nervous system and relax muscles. As the muscles relax, deeper pressure may be applied to release the muscle tension. Usually a cream or oil is used to prevent uncomfortable friction on the skin and to hydrate it.
If the client feels any discomfort during the session, this should be communicated. Massage is most effective when the body is not resisting.
When the session begins, just make yourself comfortable. If you have any concerns or requests, you may communicate them to your massage therapist at any time. If there is any discomfort, this should certainly be communicated immediately. Most people choose to just relax. The therapist will check in with the client to make sure he or she is comfortable and receiving the right amount of pressure.
Clients often feel relaxed. Many clients use massage therapy to manage chronic pain, so pain symptoms can be reduced. Often times, clients experience better sleep, reduced anxiety, and improved concentration.
Massage can help improve circulation, reduce blood pressure, increase joint flexibility, decrease mental and physical fatigue and stress, provide relief from chronic muscular tension and pain, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, and improve posture.
There are many conditions that are contraindicated for massage. This is why the health intake form is so important. The client must inform the therapist of any medications or medical conditions so that the therapist can decide if massage is appropriate. Some of the contraindications include severely high blood pressure or a contagious cold. Clients that are under a doctor’s care should obtain a written note saying that massage is recommended and in some cases, doctor’s notes are required.
Tipping is certainly appreciated, but not required. If the client chooses to tip, the average rate is about 15%-20% of the service cost.