What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Upon entry, you will be required you to fill out a customer profile and health history form. Afterwards, Rita will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. She may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
How will I feel after my massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed after a massage appointment. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Rita sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.
What do I wear during my massage?
Depending on the primary technique Rita uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. It is entirely up to you and your personal comfort. Your will have privacy to undress and, at all times, your body will be fully draped with a sheet and blanket except for the area being worked on.
How can massage help my health and well being?
Clients commonly have massage treatments for general relaxation and well-being, or to address a specific complaint, such as pain or limited range of motion. Research suggests massage therapy may contribute to both goals.
Some of the general benefits of massage therapy may include:
- Physical relaxation
- Improved circulation, which nourishes cells and improves waste elimination
- Relief for tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains
- Release of nerve compression (carpel tunnel, sciatica)
- Greater flexibility and range of motion
- Enhanced energy and vitality
- Some clinical styles may also help heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament, and muscle tears