2. YOUR MASSAGE
The therapist will then take you to the massage room and give you a quick tour of where to put your belongings. The therapist will then leave and give you some time to disrobe to your comfort level. Some clients are comfortable taking everything off, while others are more comfortable with partial clothing removal. Either option is fine, it’s whatever you are comfortable with.
You will then get under both the soft, clean sheet and blanket and wait for your therapist to knock on the door for permission to enter. This is where you can discuss your preference on music, lighting, or temperature. There is a table warming device that is adjustable throughout your session. A lot of people like to get into a warm bed, but get hot during in the session. Please do not hesitate to vocalize any concerns. Again, this is YOUR massage.
The therapist will then apply gel, lotion, or shea butter to your skin and begin the session. They will ask how the pressure feels throughout the massage. Please be honest in your preferences, you will not hurt our feelings:) Proper draping ettiquette ensures that during the massage, every part of your body is covered by the sheet except the section that is being worked on.
*tip: PROPER BREATHING TECHNIQUES ARE IMPORTANT. Especially during a deep tissue or neuromuscular massage, breathing through a tender trigger point allows the muscle to release faster. During a good stretch, your body’s natural reaction is to tense up and hold your breath, which can be counterproductive during a massage. Breathing deeply through the stretch, can ensure a faster muscle release, which allows you to get the best result from your session.
Some people like to talk during a massage, others don’t. Some talk a little then concentrate on the massage. It isn’t uncommon to have an hour of complete silence during a massage. This allows for both parties to concentrate, so don’t feel obligated to entertain your therapist. We are here for you.