What to Expect for your First Massage

Never had a massage before? The first time you get a massage can be quite intimidating, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Since I would LOVE to see you in our treatment room experiencing the many benefits of massage therapy I decided to give you a breakdown on what happens the first day you walk into our studio! 

So, here we are, you have found Bloom Therapy above the Barber shop on First Ave. Up the stairs you go and right into our studio at the top.

  1. Arrive early. Decompress. There is nothing worse than running late into a massage, the very place where you are supposed to slow down and relax. If this is your first visit, you are required to fill out some paperwork. This takes about 10 minutes depending on your health history. We want to make sure you get as much time on the table as possible each and every visit, so arriving early will ensure that you don't loose any treatment time and you are fully present and relaxed for the duration of your massage. 
  2. Say Hi to your amazing therapist! Your therapist will introduce themselves and give you the option to use the washroom before you get started. If you think you may have to use it, go for it. Nobody needs a full bladder distracting them from their massage. If you do have to use the washroom during your treatment we do have a robe that you can slip on.  Simply let your therapist know and you can take a break.  
  3. Interview. Once you have been welcomed by your therapist, you will be guided to the treatment room. Here your therapist will look over your paperwork and in the privacy of the treatment room, you will discuss your treatment goals. This can vary from a general full body relaxation massage to a very specific therapeutic treatment. It can also vary from day to day. Each time you come back for a massage we will re-evaluate your treatment for that day.  It is also during this time that you want to be very honest with your therapist and tell them about any conditions, injuries, allergies etc. that may affect your treatment. 
  4. Get comfortable. After the interview, your therapist will leave the room and give you some time to get undressed and onto the table underneath the top sheet. Your level of undress is based completely on your comfort level. Most therapist will advise that you get undressed to your underwear. Some will want you completely undressed. Ladies, taking your bra off will allow for a more complete and fluid back and shoulder massage. If you are not comfortable with this then you can leave on whatever clothing you feel necessary. Just be aware that your treatment will be adjusted accordingly. 
  5. Draping. You will always be completely covered by the sheet other than the specific area your therapist is working on. You will never be exposed unnecessarily and again, if you are uncomfortable with the draping please let your therapist know. 
  6. Pressure. Throughout your massage there will be areas that are really sensitive and others where you feel like you could take a sledgehammer to it and still wouldn’t feel anything. Your therapist should check in with you throughout the massage to see if the pressure is within your pain tolerance. Appropriate pressure is where you feel the sensation of work being done but it is not painful. One thing I always tell my clients is if you feel yourself catching or holding your breath then we have gone too far with the pressure. As I said, this can change throughout the body so don’t be afraid to speak up and let your therapist know if you need more or less. I promise you, we won’t be offended and we definitely don’t want you going home with bruises! 
  7. Music. At Bloom Therapy the therapist is given the option of using their own music. I often use calming music with some lyrics. That being said, if you aren’t feeling it that day let your therapist know and we can find some other options for you. There is always some spa music on our iPod if that is more your style. I would even suggest asking your therapist if you can bring your own music in if thats your jam!
  8. Body Temperature. During a massage your body temperature can fluctuate. If you become cold during your massage we have both blankets and a heating pad that you can request. It is also a good idea to bring a sweater with you to put on following the massage in case you have the chills. 
  9. Hydrate. Make sure to hydrate before and after your massage treatment. If you are dehydrated you may feel nauseous following your massage and nobody wants that!

As you can see, you have a lot of control over your massage treatment and like any good relationship, communication is key.  Your therapist wants you to have the best experience possible so never be afraid to speak up. Now that we have walked you through the process and you are feeling ready to take control of your treatment we can't wait to see you at the studio!

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