I understand that you may feel uneasy about receiving your first massage or on your first visit to a new therapist. Here are a few suggestions to help you feel at ease and gain the greatest benefit from your massage therapy session.
Tell the therapist about areas of your body that are injured, tense or sore. Also mention any existing or recent medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, a heart problem, chronic headaches, varicose veins or surgery.
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie down on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Close your eyes and allow your body to relax as completely as possible. Focus your attention on breathing slow, deep and even.
Allow the therapist to move your limbs into various positions. For the best results, try to be limp, like a rag doll, and don’t try to help the therapist move your arms, legs or head. Please feel free to speak up if anything the therapist does is uncomfortable in any way.
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly covered during the entire session to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.