Explore the World of Massage – What to Expect

What to ExpectWhere Will My Massage Take Place?
Your massage will take place in a quiet, warm comfortable room. Soft lighting and candles may also be added to create a relaxing atmosphere. You will lie on a soft, heated table for your comfort. Music may be played softlyin the background to aid in the relaxation process of your mind and nervous system.

How Long of A Time Period Is a Massage Session?
Chair Massage is typically up to 15 minutes. Table massage can be in increments of half hour, one hour, one and a half hours, or two hours in length.

Who Will Perform the Massage?
Your massage session will be conducted by a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist. NYS requires completion of a 1000 hr. program certificate from an accredited massage school, with a NYS licensure exam.

What Should I Wear to the Massage Appointment?
Comfortable clothing is recommended.

Must I be completely undressed?
Massagework is typically performed with the client unclothed. You decide what level of comfort is right for you. You will be appropriately draped at all times. Most people undress completely, while some leave some clothing on such as underwear. Your privacy is respected at all times.

Will the Therapist Be Present When I Disrobe?
The therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with the table sheet and blanket. Should you need assistance, due to a weakened condition, getting undressed/dressed, on or off the table your therapist will assist you.

Will I Be Covered During the Session?
You will be draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the part of the body that is receiving the work will be exposed while the rest of your body remains covered

What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
You and the therapist will discuss the desired outcome. This will determine which parts of the body will require massage. A typical full body massage session will include work on your back, arms, legs, head, neck and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (M/F), or breasts (F).

Will Lubricant Be Used?
A light oil or lotion will be used to reduce excessive friction to the skin and allow smooth strokes. The lubricants used also help to hydrate the skin. If you are allergic to certain oils or scents, please notify your therapist.

What Will The Massage Feel Like?
It depends on the techniques used. In general Swedish Massage, your massage session may start with broad flowing strokes to begin the relaxation process. Pressure will be gradually increased to relax specific areas and release tight muscle bands. Deep tissue massage or trigger point therapies will require deeper pressure and more intensive techniques. It is extremely important that the pressure always be within your comfort level. Should you wish to receive less or more pressure at anytime, you should communicate this to your therapist.

How Will I Feel After the Massage?
In general you will feel relaxed with a greater sense of ease of movement. Some will feel sleepy and may wish to take a nap, while others nay have a tremendous sense of energy immediately. Sometimes a renewed sense of energy will occur the next day. Some may “feel a little drunk” or “high”. Depending on the individual and the type and duration of the massage, the effects are many.

Will I be Sore as a Result of the Massage?
Occasionally, some people may be sore/tender in places the next day, depending on the type of massage and degree of pressure they received. It is extremely important to communicate with your therapist if the pressure is uncomfortable at any time. Additional fluids following massage may reduce these symptoms, should they occur. These symptoms will usually subside by the following day.

How Often Should I Receive Massage?
There is no rule on how often a person should receive massage. Typically once a month or more is an average. For those people with an acute condition, massage may be indicated up to three times a week.

Will Massage Be Covered By Insurance?
In some cases massage may be covered under insurance. Typically this is sometimes only for worker’s compensation and no-fault cases.

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