Getting a massage for the first time might feel a little intimidating. As with any new experience, it can be hard to know exactly what to expect. Let us put your mind at ease with a few helpful tidbits!
When you arrive at Revive for your first massage, we will ask you to fill out a short questionnaire about your overall health and your goals. This information will help the massage therapist understand anything (injuries, physical limitations, etc.) that may affect your massage. The two of you will have a short discussion about how you can best achieve your wellness goals.
The massage therapist will invite you back to the massage room and give a brief overview of how your massage will begin. You won’t be left wondering “Which end does my head go on??” “Am I supposed to lay on my back or my stomach?” “Where do I put all my stuff?” All of these things will be gone over before the therapist leaves the room. At that point, you will have a few moments to remove your clothing to your comfort level. You may choose to get completely undressed, or just take off your outer layers. Our goal is for you to be completely comfortable, so if being nude is too much for you that’s fine, but rest assured the therapist is a trained professional and there is absolutely no need to feel self-conscious. Once undressed, you will get under the sheets in whatever orientation you and the therapist discussed. The therapist will knock after a few moments to make sure you are ready for them to enter the room.
You will be lying on a comfortable, padded massage table, with a face cradle that allows you to lie on your stomach without having to uncomfortably turn your neck. You will have the option of having a heated blanket on during your session. Typically, relaxing music is played, but please let the therapist know if you find it distracting. The same goes for talking during your session. Some people prefer to chat with their therapist, and others appreciate the silence. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Or not… 😉 The therapist will use an oil or lotion during your massage. It is extremely important to disclose any allergies or sensitivities on the intake form so adjustments can be made if needed. The therapist will massage the full body and/or focus on any specific areas of concern you discussed when you arrived. During the massage, the therapist will check on how you’re feeling about the pressure they’re using. Please be sure to let them know if it’s too much or too little – unfortunately, they can’t read your mind and won’t know your comfort level unless you tell them! This experience is supposed to be tailored to you and your individual needs, so feedback is important. Once the massage is complete, the therapist will leave the room and invite you to slowly get up as you feel ready and redress.
Either the therapist or our office staff will check you out upon completion of your appointment. Tips are greatly appreciated to acknowledge outstanding service, but are not mandatory. At this time you will also have the opportunity to schedule another appointment. The benefits of massage therapy are cumulative, so feel free to discuss a treatment plan with your therapist that will help you achieve your wellness goals.
We might be slightly biased…but we think our therapist is amazing and will do an incredible job of making you feel welcome and comfortable throughout each and every appointment. We’re looking forward to welcoming you into the Revive family! Please call or message with questions or to book an appointment!