Preparing For A Massage
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive and get settled before the massage to minimize your stress level. Avoid eating right before the massage. Before you begin the massage, the therapist will talk to you about your overall health and what you want to get out of the session. When you have your initial appointment with a new therapist, be prepared to discuss your physical condition, medical history, stress level, lifestyle, medications, and any particular areas of pain you want addressed. The therapist will outline what will happen during the session. If you have any concerns, don't be afraid to discuss them. All of the information that you provide is confidential.
The therapist will then leave the room and let you remove clothing to your level of comfort. You don’t have to take off anything you’re uncomfortable removing. Lie down on the massage table underneath the provided sheet or towel, which is used to cover your entire body except for the part being massaged. The therapist will knock before re-entering the room. Typically, a table massage session lasts somewhere between half an hour and an hour and a half. During the session, the therapist may play music and use oil or lotion. Most therapists allow you to play your own music if you prefer. If you have any allergies to oils or lotions or would prefer a massage without music, let the therapist know.
What Happens During A Massage?
During the session, the therapist massages the full body, except for private areas, and focuses on problem areas that need concentrated work (i.e. tight muscles). Remember to maintain regular breathing and keep your muscles as relaxed as possible to maximize the effects of the massage. The therapist will check in with you about the pressure and your comfort level periodically. Be honest and let the therapist know if you're uncomfortable at any time.
What Happens After A Massage?
Once the massage is over, the therapist will leave the room and give you time to get up and get dressed in private. He or she may offer you water afterward. The effects of massage are cumulative. If you’re interested in follow up sessions, talk to the therapist about putting together a comprehensive treatment plan to meet your health and wellness goals.
The certified massage therapists at the Downtown Athletic Club are thoroughly trained professionals. We ensure all of our clients are comfortable during their sessions, regardless of age, body type, or physical condition. The clients are in charge of their therapy, and our staff is here to accommodate their needs. Contact us to set up your next appointment.