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I have never had a massage...what should I expect? Part 1 of 3

I have never had a massage...what should I expect? Part 1 of 3

Bill Van Valer

Many people have a lot of questions about massage ranging from "what should wear" to "will it hurt" to "do I need to do anything specific to get ready?", especially leading up to their first experience.  Hopefully we can address a few of those here in our newest series.  In the coming weeks we will be posting a three part series on what you can expect and how to prepare for your first therapeutic massage experience. We'll start with leading up to and scheduleing your first massage.

Leading up to and scheduling your massage.

  • Be sure to schedule your massage at a time that works well in your schedule. Don't attempt to squeeze it in between activities. Schedule your massage at a time you truly have time for it.  If you arrive stressed out and in a hurry it may take longer to get into a relaxed state and therefore lessen the healing benefits of your massage.
  • When you call to schedule your appointment you should discuss why you want to get a massage.  Do you have problem area that you want worked on? Do you simply want to relax? Just want to try it out and see what all the fuss is about?  The more we know about why you are coming the better we are able to customize your massage to your needs.
  • If you have never had a massage, it can be difficult to answer the question of what pressure level do you like.  We would suggest that you start with a light to medium and go from there.
  • Have a light meal or snack before you come in.  If you are hungry it can be hard to relax but you don't want to be so full you are uncomfortable.
  • At Elements, as with most massage studios, you will be asked to fill out an intake form with relevant medical information.  You should arrive early enough to your session that you have time to fill out this form.

If you have any other questions when you are scheduling your massage, please ask, and if you come up with any others before your appointment don't be afraid to call.

In our next post we'll discuss what to expect during your session.

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