What to Expect During Your Massage
Getting a massage should be relaxing and stress-free. Here's an overview of what you can expect from your experience at Athena Bodywork.
Preliminary Intake Interview
If it is your first visit, your therapist will ask some preliminary questions to determine your health and wellness goals. We will talk about your pertinent medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, and any acute conditions you are currently experiencing. You and your therapist will talk about what results you would like to see in your massage sessions (relaxation, pain relief, etc.).
In the following sessions, you and your therapist will talk about what you liked or didn't like about your previous sessions, and how the bodywork affected you. This will help to further tailor your sessions to your particular likes and needs.
The therapist will use the information from your intake form and interview to create a massage treatment plan. The therapist will briefly describe what their intentions are for the session, and give any instructions you might need regarding starting the session. For instance, they may ask you to begin by laying face down under the top sheet and blanket.
Before your massage, the therapist will leave the room while you undress to your level of comfort. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet. You will be modestly covered for the entire session, except for the part of your body being massaged.
Soothing music is generally played during a session. If you would prefer not to have music feel free to let your therapist know. Your comfort is of paramount importance during the massage session. You should feel warm, safe, and able to relax. If there's anything you need to make yourself more comfortable (an extra blanket, a glass of water, etc.), just ask your therapist.
The Massage Session
Depending on the treatment plan developed by you and your therapist, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.
Your massage therapists will check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you're uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist.
After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.
After you have dressed, your therapist will ask you how you feel. This is a great time to talk about how the massage worked for you. The benefits of massage are cumulative, so at this time your therapist will talk about what kind of follow-up appointments would be most beneficial for you to meet your health and wellness goals.