What You Should Expect From Your First Massage
When you make your first massage appointment, the massage therapist will probably ask a few basic questions to find out exactly what you are looking for in your experience.
Type of Massage
The first question on the table is most likely what type of massage you would like, followed by asking if you have any existing health problems or injures. It is perfectly fine asking for a female or male massage therapist. Before the massage, it is best to inform the therapist of any pain or tightness you may have so the therapist can give that spot extra attention. Also, mention any allergies or if you are pregnant, so the therapist can offer you a massage technique that suits your needs.
Communicate with the therapist throughout the massage letting he/she know what kinds of pressure you would prefer. You want your experience to be comforting, pleasant, and therapeutic.
When in Doubt, Go Swedish
Being that it is your first time, you may not know the different massages. If you want to feel very relaxed and nurtured, then you may want to ask for a Swedish massage, which is a popular technique that provides deep relaxation. With a Swedish massage you can expect long, deep strokes to help ease muscle tension. The massage therapist will focus on back, legs, neck, and arms. Be aware that massage oils and lotions will be used for gliding strokes and ease of movement. During the massage, you are generally naked underneath a towel or sheet. Newcomers can sometimes find this uncomfortable, and if that is the case you should feel free to wear whatever makes you the most comfortable – after all, you should leave the massage feeling very calm and relaxed!
Up The Pressure With a Deep Tissue Massage
Perhaps you are looking for something with a bit more pressure. If this is the case, you should consider a Deep-Tissue massage. It is similar to a Swedish massage, but can be a bit more intense as it works to target specific issues in the body. Deep-Tissue massages especially help alleviate chronic pain in the back and neck area. It is best to fully unclothed for this type of massage so your therapist can best assist the muscles that you request. You can expect your massage therapist to use his or her hands, fingertips, knuckles, and forearms to carry out the massage.
Depending on your specific needs, the therapist will apply deep pressure and friction to certain areas of the body to help alleviate the tendons, muscles, and ligaments. It is not uncommon to feel discomfort and pain during a Deep-Tissue massage. However, if it becomes unbearable at any point, let the massage therapist know.
After Your First Massage
You may feel stiff and sore after the Deep-Tissue massage, and this is fairly normal. The therapist may also recommend icing certain areas of the body after the massage and drinking plenty of water before and after the massage. This is an important part of the massage process, and will help flush out waste products and help reduce pain and soreness. Whether you are recovering from an injury, or suffering from chronic pain, Deep-Tissue massages can work wonders for your body!