Unsure What To Expect When You Go For A Massage?
By Anette Becker (Remedial Massage Therapist at FNQ Health Co.)
Are you holding off from having a massage because you do not know what really to expect?
Perhaps you roughly know what it means and feel it would be the right treatment for you but you still feel uneasy as you are aware that you might be partly undressed, while in the presence of a stranger?
Here are some explanations of what you can expect from massage at FNQ Health Co…
If this is your first appointment at the clinic, we would like you to arrive ten minutes before your scheduled appointment time so we can go through a short induction with you to welcome you to the clinic.
Once you are in the treatment room with the therapist he/she will ask some questions about your general health, recent injuries, surgeries, chronic diseases, medications, pregnancy etc. You then work out together what your short-term/long-term goals you hope to achieve are.
The therapist will then leave the room for you to undress. Ideally you will only leave your underwear on, or whatever you feel comfortable with, and cover yourself with the towel/linen provided.
Once the therapist enters the room again only the parts of the body getting worked on will be exposed.
An oil or a lotion is used to massage, but some gentle stretching might be incorporated too.
If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the treatment you should really let the therapist know, if it is the applied pressure, the temperature in the room or the lighting for example.
If the the therapist requires you to reposition she/he will hold up the linen to a) give you room to move and b) to create a sight barrier so you should not feel too exposed.
If not already during the treatment the therapist will give you an idea of her/his findings and recommendations to achieve your goal as discussed in the beginning of the massage.
Once the massage is over the therapist will leave the room again to give you privacy to get dressed.
Some people might develop some muscle pain after their first treatment, which should not last longer than 24 – 48 hours and sometimes the relief of the tightness is not immediately.
We always love feedback so please let us know how you truly felt when we next see you, as we want to make your experience at FNQ Health Co. welcoming and entirely comfortable.