Many people aren’t sure what to expect when they schedule their first massage at Columbus Massage Center. We assure you there is nothing to feel nervous about. Although no two massages are alike, there are some things that are typical to each session. Generally, a session will take place in a quiet, comfortable room that is dimly lit, and music is often played to help you relax.
The Therapist will Assess Your Massage Needs
A Client Intake form must be completed before your first massage session can take place. Some medical conditions or medications would make it unsafe for you to receive massage. Be honest on your intake form, even if you think the information is not important, it will help us help you. After introducing themselves, your therapist will discuss your intake form and ask what you would like to achieve with your massage, and discuss any injuries or medical conditions you have listed. They may also ask other questions to gather information that can help improve your overall experience – their role is to make sure you have the most pleasant and successful session possible.
Let Your Therapist Know What You’re Feeling
The massage therapist will then leave the room so that you can undress to your level of comfort. You will then get on the table, either face up or face down, under the sheet as directed by Indiana Law and a rule that is strictly enforced in our facility. During your session, you will be covered at all times, except for the area being massaged. A typical full body session includes your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, shoulders, glutes and sometimes the abdomen. You may ask that a therapist spend more or less time on a specific area. Oil or lotion is often used, so be sure to tell the therapist if you have any preferences, allergies or sensitivities.
During the massage, please make sure to communicate with your therapist. Though many massage therapists can tell when they are using light or deep pressure, it is always good to let them know how you feel. If you want more or less pressure, be sure to communicate that—the massage is all about you. Tell your therapist if you are feeling hot or cold, or if you need a pillow or tissue during your massage.
When your massage session is complete, the therapist will leave the room. Sit up slowly and take your time getting dressed. You can then return to the front desk area for checkout.
After Your Massage
You will be given a bottle of water, most people are very thirsty after a massage. Book your next session if you feel you would like to. Over the next few days, you may experience soreness if you requested a deep tissue massage, an ice pack can help make it feel better. Let your massage therapist know if you experienced any changes in your symptoms, good or bad, during your next session.