What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your massage therapist will ask you to fill out a health history form. The therapist will ask you a few general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine what type of massage is appropriate for you.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
What do I wear during the massage?
At Schenden’s Spa we say, “undress to your level of comfort”, but what does that really mean? For a full body massage, most people undress completely, however, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and you will be draped with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions or ask for more firm or lighter touch at any time.
What if I’m overweight or embarrassed about my body?
Schenden’s Spa massage therapists have seen bodies in every imaginable shape and size. Professional therapists provide the gift of massage to men and women regardless of age and weight. They are thinking about the health of your body, not the size or shape.
When should I get a massage?
Any time is a good time to get a massage. You don’t need to wait until you’re stressed or injured. Massage works as preventive care for a person’s body and mind. A regular massage is a wonderful way to cope with both physical and emotional stress.
What does massage do – other than feel good?
Scientific study has proven many of the healing aspects of massage listed here:
- Stretches superficial tissue.
- Assists lymphatic and venous flow.
- Helps to break up and loosen subcutaneous scar tissue.
- Increases nutrition to the cells and skin.
- Increases the red and white blood cell count.
- Can help reduce certain types of edema.
- Increases respiration to the skin.
- Stimulates the sensory receptors (nerves) of the skin and deeper tissue.
- Relieves joint ache and pain.
- Promotes good posture and self esteem.
- Improves tone and texture of the skin.
- Assists digestion.
- Causes release of natural endorphins and promotes relaxation.