Many people are uneasy or afraid before their first massage. Here are some guidelines that may reduce the anxiety and help you get the most from your first therapeutic massage session.
Your first appointment should begin with the therapist gathering a complete medical history from you. This will usually entail a health questionnaire and an interview. On this questionnaire will be a space for areas that you want massaged, as well as, the areas you do not want massaged. We understand that some questions may seem unnecessary; however, to ensure that you receive the best and safest treatment, please answer each question thoroughly and honestly. Remember, all information you provide to us, both verbal and written, will be held in the strictest of confidence.
For a full-body massage, you will be asked to disrobe to your comfort level. Undressing will take place in private and a sheet will be provided for draping. Your therapist will only uncover the area being worked in turn, allowing for your privacy and modesty at all times. At no point will your genitals or breasts (women) be exposed, touched or massaged.
Your massage will take place in a quiet, peaceful, healing atmosphere. Your therapist will ask for your feedback during you session. Please feel free to tell your therapist anything that may make the session more beneficial or comfortable for you.
Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue by stroking, kneading, rubbing or rocking. Massage is typically done with the bare hands with the aid of a lotion or oil to avoid pain or cause injury. A therapist will typically avoid areas of the skin with rashes, tumors or areas that are extremely sensitive. The breast (women) and genitals are never massaged and requesting any type of sexual or illicit act will terminate your session immediately. If this is your first massage, make sure you explain any additional boundaries or issues you may not want your therapist to cross.
Anyone who has stress in their lives; sore shoulders, neck, knees, feet; anyone with back pain, sciatica, or leg pain; athletes; pregnant women; new parents, both moms and dads - parenthood is very stressful; doctors; lawyers; garbage collectors; housewives; computer technicians; and anyone in between. Everyone can benefit from a therapeutic massage.
From the very young to the very old, everyone can benefit from therapeutic massage. However, Point of Origin requires that anyone under the age of 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present during all aspects of the massage session.
Benefits of therapeutic massage may include:
Your massage will take place in a quiet, peaceful, healing atmosphere on a table specially designed for massage. Soft music will be played to aid your relaxation.
Therapeutic massage is typically performed with the client undressed; however, if you are at all uncomfortable with being undressed you should wear loose fitting comfortable clothing. Regardless of your state of undress, all areas not being worked on will be draped at all times.
Yes. All areas of your body not being worked on will be draped. Your modesty and privacy will always be protected.
You and your therapist will discuss your condition and the desired outcome of your session. This will help in determining what areas of your body will be massaged. A typical full body massage will include massaging your head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, knees and feet. At no time will your breasts (women) or genitals be touched or massaged.
Relax and be comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Other people prefer to talk through their sessions. Your therapist will likely ask for feedback during specific points in your session to better meet your needs. Typically, there is no need to assist your therapist. She will let you know when it is time for you to turn over.
Most people feel very relaxed after a massage. Some, relieved of a chronic pain, feel exhilarated and free. People who have massage regularly typically have more energy and a better awareness of their bodies and how they use them.
Your therapist will give you specific instructions; however, typically, you should increase your water intake for 24 hours after a massage. Water will help your kidneys flush out the metabolic waste and toxins from your system. It is preferable if you can take a few hours after your massage to rest and relax.
Most people get massage twice per month. Depending on your condition, your therapist may recommend from one massage per week to once per month.
If you are running a fever, no, you should not get massage; however, head and scalp work may benefit you if you have sinus problems or congestion. Talk with your therapist about any specific injury or illness that may prevent you from having a therapeutic massage.
Yes, most pregnant women can benefit from therapeutic massage. If you have had any complications or contraindications you will be required to obtain written approval for massage therapy from your doctor or midwife. You should verify that your therapist has a national certification in pregnancy massage.
Generally, anyone can benefit from therapeutic massage. Your therapist will obtain a comprehensive medical history from you prior to your first massage. If she feels that there is any condition present that warrants a physician's consent she will not work on you that day. If you are under the care of a physician or chiropractor at the time of your first appointment, it is advisable to discuss therapeutic massage with him or her before coming in.
Massage practitioners do not diagnose illnesses, disease, or any physical or mental disorder, nor do they prescribe medical or chiropractic treatment or pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, massage is not a substitute for professional medical or chiropractic heath care.