Your First Massage Therapy Session
At Brawnergy, we're committed to a stress-free experience - everytime. This includes friendly staff, professional massage therapists and a calm, inviting environment. Although no two massages are exactly alike, here's what you should expect during your first visit.
Before you arrive
First, make sure it is a good time for you to have a massage. If you’re suffering from a fever, skin irritations, or if you are trying to stabilize your medication (because massage can affect the dosage needed), it may not be the best time for you. It's recommended to choose a time and day that can be stress free afterwards - no responsibilities to go back to right away. In the days before your massage, drink plenty of water. Try not to eat anything a few hours before your massage, and give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed. If you are rushing and stressed, it will take longer to get your body relaxed and open.
Once you arrive at Brawnergy, you'll be greeted and be given an Intake Form to complete. Record any medical history, past/present injuries and other physical conditions we should be made aware of. Your massage therapist will review the form with you, and inquire about the reason(s) you are coming in for a massage, your current physical condition and any specific areas in which you are experiencing pain or would like to address during your massage.
Because massage therapy 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 effects. Knowing your history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid a particular technique.
Starting Your Session
Your massage therapist will take you to a private, peaceful treatment room where a comfortable massage table dressed with a warming blanket and crisp clean sheets awaits. A small table for your personal belongings and a chair are also provided for your use. You can expect a tranquil and comfortable environment during your massage. The massage table is padded and a heating blanket is placed beneath the sheet, which you can have adjusted to your preference. There will be relaxing music playing, unless you request otherwise, and the room will be quiet, with little to no outside distractions.
The therapist will ask you questions about your goals for the session and choose from a variety of assessments to best create a treatment towards your goals. They'll outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level. You will always be draped with the top sheet during your massage. When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet. The therapist will knock before re-entering.
Before beginning the session, your therapist will ask you to alert them if, at any time during the session, a technique or stroke they are using is uncomfortable. Depending on your specific needs or requests, your massage therapist will either perform a customized full-body massage (for general relaxation and stress reduction) or focus on the specific parts of your body that you have requested. A typical full body session includes your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, shoulders, glutes and abdomen. Brawnergy uses only the highest quality massage creams and lotions for your massage. If you’re concerned of allergies, please talk to your therapist.
During the massage, please make sure to communicate with your therapist about the pressure he or she is applying. 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!
When your massage session is complete, the practitioner will leave the room so that you can get dressed. Sit up slowly and take your time getting dressed.
Ensuring Your Wellness
Your therapist will wait outside the room for you with a cup of water. They'll share with you what they felt and worked on during your session and what they recommend moving forward. We'll send you a findings report, recommendations for homecare and a treatment plan to you within the next few days. Make sure to drink plenty of water and schedule your next session according to your practitioner's recommendations. If possible, allow some quiet time after the massage and don't go back to work or other responsibilities immediately.
How you feel after the massage will vary based on the style of massage, length of session, and demand you place on your body afterwards. Feelings range from being relaxed and renewed, to invigorated and excited.
Clinical massage may leave the body free from chronic tightness or acute pain patterns, but can replace it with a mild soreness from the pressure applied. After this type of massage, you may want to rest the area before jumping back into the activity that produced the soreness. Realize that the benefits of massage tend to be cumulative, so typically, you will feel better as you get additional massages.