What should I expect at my massage session?
You should expect a high quality professional massage. In your first session there will be a short form to fill out and your therapist will ask you a few questions related to the form and to the purpose of your visit (wellness, maintenance massage, to address an injury, etc.). Communication is key in the client/therapist relationship. At TMC, we always want to do the best job for you. Your therapist will check in with you during your massage to ensure that you are comfortable or to ask if you have any questions. We encourage our clients to communicate. The more you, the client, can relax the more your therapist will achieve maximum results.
How can I expect to feel after my massage?
Most often the response I receive is that the client feels more energy within a 24 hour span, with lasting effects when the client is brought to the maintenance level. If the goal of your massage is relaxation and wellness, then after the massage that is how you should feel – relaxed and well.
However, if you are having massage therapy, you should not judge how you feel after your first session. You may sell yourself short – expecially with injuries it often takes several sessions for the body to regain its vigor. Remember, sometimes we are breaking up adhesions (commonly known as “knots”) and reeducating the muscles
What should I do for myself after a massage?
You should drink plenty of water after your massage, and sometimes after a good healing session your body may be extra hungry. That’s okay, feed it – the body is probably wanting nutirents to help aid in the healing process.
What if I’m sore after my massage?
If you come in for specific work, your body may be sore for a day or two – similar to that which follows a good workout – as the tissue realigns and heals after your session. Because each of our bodies heals differently, your therapist will judge how much is in your best interest to get done in the first massage session. This is why communication between therapist and client is key. Even while doing therapeutic work the therapist should stay within the client’s comfort zone, measuring with an “uncomfortability” scale of 1 to 10 – I ask my clients to never let me exceed a “3”.
To help with any post-massage soreness, we suggest a 10-15 minute soak in a hot bath with 2 to 3 cups of epsom salts. It may be suggested the client use heat or ice after the session. My general rule of thumb is if an area is stagnant use heat, if the area has inflammation use ice.
If you have another question please feel free to call us at (603) 740-2979 or contact us online.