If this is going to be your first massage ever, it is absolutely normal to be a bit frustrated and confused. You will visit an unknown place, you will meet an unknown person (therapist) and most of all you will have to let this person touch your body for more than an hour! It sounds terrifying, doesn’t it?
Here, we will try to describe some of the basic procedures for your best preparation (physical and mental) before the session, during the session, and after the treatment is over. We will try to explain what you should expect and what to do in different situations; this is in order to avoid possible embarrassment and awkward situations.
When you visit us you will be escorted to our reception area. There, you will be greeted by your therapist and spend a few minutes discussing about your treatment in detail. You will also be asked to help your therapist in order to fill out a questionnaire concerning your physical condition and general health. By this time you would have developed a sense of mutual trust with your therapist; this will facilitate the whole procedure. This trust will grow minute after minute, once you get completely familiar with your therapist and his professional attitude.
WHAT TO EXPECT
– BEFORE THE MASSAGE –
We will discuss with you about the purpose of your visit or any specific problems or conditions which you would like to give more attention to. Some of the questions perhaps will seem obvious to you, but do not forget that the information you are about to give will greatly facilitate the therapist’s task. If you suffer from old injuries or other health-related issues, be sure to mention them.
Later on, we will show you around the facilities and mention among others, where to hang your clothes, place your valuables and where to take a shower. If you wear contact lenses and any sort of jewelry you are requested to remove them. A special case will be provided for this purpose.
While you’re lying comfortably on the massage couch, your therapist will describe the entire session sequence so you will know roughly what to expect. He will take care of the proper room temperature and lighting, while soft and relaxing music will play during the entire session. At this stage, it would be advisable to mention any specific requests you may have. For example, you must inform your therapist if you would like to avoid a specific part of your body, or give extra attention to another (i.e. upper back, lumbar area etc.).
– DURING THE MASSAGE SESSION –
During the session, your therapist will ask you from time to time if the pressure which he applies is ideal for you. Remember that each individual has different levels of tolerance to pressure or even mild pain; therefore please don’t avoid mentioning this. Your therapist relies on your feedback in order to achieve the best result possible.
In order to enjoy all the benefits of a therapeutic massage treatment, it is necessary to remain calm during the entire session. In order to achieve this, many people just close their eyes and try to think positive. Others prefer to talk with their therapist, while most people simply prefer to let go and often fall asleep; this is completely normal and very frequent indeed. Which way is the fittest for you, does not make any difference to your therapist, therefore just try to be yourself and everything will come naturally.
During the session, sometimes you will be asked to change position or even turn around; when this moment comes, your therapist will let you know and guide you through the process.
If there will be a need for you to visit the W.C. during the massage treatment, don’t hesitate to mention it. Not only it is absolutely normal, it is also highly desirable; this means that the detoxification process is working well.
– AFTER THE SESSION IS OVER –
After the session, the therapist will leave you for a few minutes to recover from your “ultimate” relaxation experience. Later on, he will assist you in getting up from the couch and escort you to your dressing area. You will be offered a glass of water (always advised after a massage treatment) and you will be given your personal items (jewelry etc.). If you desire you could take a warm shower before getting all dressed up, but this is not advised after treatment with essential oils (they should stay on the skin for a couple of hours). You will also have all the time needed in order for you to freshen up.
Finally, we will give you some aftercare advice along with a glass of water or even a warm cup of tea.