Check your health plan to see if a physicians referral is required for Massage Therapy.
Have a snack no later then an hour before massage treatment.
Go to the bathroom before massage therapy treatment.
Arrive early to fill out health history forms.
Reschedule your visit if you have a fever, skin irritations (such as poison ivy or sunburn), or if you are trying to stabilize your medication (because massage can affect the dosage needed).
What to do after your massage:
It is not uncommon to experience muscle soreness a day or two after your massage treatment. Massage therapy can be like a work out for your tissues. The soreness is a result of direct contact and manipulation with the muscle, as well as metabolic waste in the tissue being naturally released into your system.
Drink plenty of water to flush metabolic waste that has been released during the massage therapy treatment.
Depending on the massage techniques used it maybe suggested to ice or heat areas that had the therapy. Some body’s respond well to a warm epsom salt bath.
Follow the advice of stretching and or strengthening as your Massage Therapist indicates.
First Visit Interview:
The massage therapist will review your health history and ask questions. Because massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, be honest with the massage therapist about your health. You should also let the therapist know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines you are taking, because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. Knowing your history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.
The massage therapist will ask you questions to better design a session that meets your needs and goals within the time allotted. Let the therapist know what areas of your body you would like worked on, if there are any areas to avoid, and if you have any techniques that you would like to use or avoid. If you are concerned about undressing, discuss it with the therapist, who should be able to offer you some options. Don't be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. All information you give is confidential.
The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level.
When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet or other draping on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering.