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First-timers: The Start of a Massage Journey

Liz Garrison, LMT Jan 5, 2015

If you have never had a massage before, it is hard to know what to expect.  Just know that everyone who gets massage has had a first massage.  Even your therapist.

When you first show up for your appointment, you will be asked to fill out a health questionaire.  This seems unimportant but, it is very important.  Your therapist needs to know if you have spinal issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, medication that can cause numbness, and a whole slew of other things.  Be complete and be honest.

When you get to the room, you will be asked to undress to your comfort level.  Basically, that means you can wear your underwear or take it off.  Much of the massage is the same either way.

The first rule is to plan on communicating.  Relaxing is most of the massage but, letting your therapist know about pressure, temperature, and any pain is the most important part.

Enjoy yourself. Massage should feel good.  And just know that if you feel uncomfortable during any part of the massage, let your therapist know and he/she will end the session.  It is okay if you don't finish the first time.

Sometimes it is nice to have your first massage with a best friend, parent, or significant other that gets massage.  Having a friend there can make you more comfortable. 

Massage has many great benefits such as pain relief, decrease in anxiety and depression, lowering blood pressure, increasing focus, and more.

If you are in the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage at Preston Hollow can help.  They offer an introductory massage starting at $49 to get you started and a monthly Wellness Program starting at $59 to keep you going.

For more information:

http://elementsmassage.com/prestonhollow/first

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/treatmentsmtoq/a/massage.htm

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