What to expect during your massage:
Where Will My Massage Session Take Place?
Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table specially designed for your comfort.
Who Will Perform the Massage or Bodywork?
At Elements you can be sure your session will be conducted by a professional who has received proper training. All of our massage therapists are licensed by the state.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
There are no "musts"! Most massage techniques are traditionally performed on bare skin; however, it is entirely up to you to decide what to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session, which means you will be covered with a sheet and a blanket, and the therapist will undrape only the body part they are working on, i.e. your back, leg, or arm.
Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?
No, the massage therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table and cover yourself with a clean sheet and blanket.
Will I Be Covered During the Session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
You and the massage therapist will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, glutes, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
How Long Will the Session Last?
A full-body massage session lasts one-hour (this includes time for you to undress). Many people prefer a 90-minute session for optimal relaxation.
What Will the Massage Feel Like?
Your massage should feel relaxing if you chose a Swedish Massage or stress reducing if you chose a Deep Tissue Massage. Massage is performed with either oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin.
What Should I Do During my Massage?
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people close their eyes and completely relax. Your therapist will ask if you would like deeper or lighter pressure, but also please feel free to let them know. You will feel the maximum benefit if you remain quiet during your massage.
How Will I Feel After my Massage?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy and greater productivity that 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.
Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Inadvisable?
Yes. It is very important that you inform your massage therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session.