Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and wellness goals.
The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome.
This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.
Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort. The massage therapist will leave the room while you undress.
Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet or towel, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.
Music might be played. If you find music distracting, tell your massage therapist. The same goes for talking during your session.
Your massage therapist should check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you're uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist.
Massage Therapy Session
Massage therapists often use oil or lotion. If you're allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand.
Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.
Table massage usually lasts between 30 and 90 minutes.
After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.
Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.
American Massage Therapy Association. (2021). What to Expect at Your Massage Session.