What to Expect at Your Massage Session
Massage therapy offers a wide variety of health and wellness benefits, including stress relief
and pain management.
Find out what you can expect at your massage therapy session.
- Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your health and wellness goals.
- The massage therapist will consider information about your physical
condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and
any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy
- This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.
- Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.
- The therapist will leave the room while you undress. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing.
- Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet or towel, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.
Chair massages, which often are offered in public spaces and
workplaces, are an exception. A specially-designed massage chair lets
you lean forward and supports the front of the body. You remain clothed
and no oil or lotion is used. Seated massages typically last from 10 to
- Music might be played. If you find music distracting, tell
your massage therapist. The same goes for talking during your session.
- Your massage therapists should check on pressure and comfort
throughout your appointment. If you're uncomfortable at any time, tell
your massage therapist.
- The massage table is padded, and may have extra attachments or
cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie facedown
without turning your head or neck.
Massage Therapy Session
- Massage therapists often use oil or lotion. If you're allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand.
- If you're receiving hot stone massage, make sure you're comfortable with the temperature of the stones.
- Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either
the full body (except private areas) or only specific areas that need
attention, such as especially tight muscles.
- Remember to breathe normally.
- Table massage usually lasts beween 30 and 90 minutes.
- After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.
Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.
- The benefits of massage are cumulative, so work with your massage
therapist to customize a plan to meet your health and wellness goals.