What to expect at your first full-body massage

So this is your first time to get a full body massage? Congratulations on taking a first step towards improving your physical, emotional, and spiritual health! In the following information, I will try to let you know what will happen in your first session.

Assessing your needs

A member of our trained staff will greet you. After filling out the state-required forms with your information, you will be taken to a clean, warm, and friendly massage room. You may be a little nervous at first but after the therapist asks a few questions to get to know you and what your needs are, this will begin to dissipate. Some people come in for very specific, long-term problems and others come in strictly for relaxation. The staff at New Life Massage is capable of handling both types of massage and is glad to do so.

Get Comfortable

After the interview, the therapist will give you privacy to undress to your level of comfort. The level of disrobing varies from person to person according to their comfort level but remember a clean sheet will always cover you. You get on the table and the therapist re-enters the room and makes any adjustments necessary to make you more comfortable.

It is very important to remember that you are in charge at all times and if you are not getting what you want, tell the therapist so they can adapt to what makes you at ease. Our therapists understand the best expert on your body is you. They genuinely want you to be happy with your massage so they readily accept input.

The Massage

The massage starts as your therapist uses oils or creams for lubrication and their strong, warm, caring hands to soothe the aches, pains, and stresses out of your body. Somehow, they know exactly where to go and what is needed. It is acceptable to fade off to never-never land and totally relax or you may want to stay awake to not miss a moment of this wonderful experience. Talking is acceptable if you want, or you may ask the therapist to stay totally quiet while you go away. When the session is over, the therapist will quietly leave and allow you to dress and come back to the real world.

After you have had the issues of your body addressed, and you have reluctantly gotten up and dressed, your therapist will discuss additional care for after the massage.

ongoing care

Remember that your muscles have memory and what you do most with them is what they remember. So if there is chronic stress and tension, that will be what they remember best and if it is regular relaxation then that is what they remember. Massage is an excellent tool to re-educate your muscles to promote a relaxation response.

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